Saturday, October 27, 2018

When Your Kid is Hurting

Children today live in an unpredictable, disruptive, and often violent world. Many of them live in two different homes with different sets of expectations. They face bullying at school and online. They hear news of school shootings, and racially or religiously motivated violence. They may have lost a friend or a loved one.

As parents, the impulse to protect our children is strong, but that very protection can end up handicapping them for life. Rather than seek to save them from the hard things, parents must teach their kids how to cope with and rise above their problems. In one of his most important books to date, internationally known psychologist and bestselling author Dr. Kevin Leman shows parents how to

- be good listeners
- tell the truth, even when it's difficult
- find balance between being protective and being overprotective
- approach hurt and injustice as a learning experience rather than fostering a victim mentality
- and much more

Whether your child is dealing with a difficult family situation, bullies, the loss of friends, the death of a loved one, discrimination, abuse, a teen pregnancy, or even just trying to make sense of what they see in the news, this compassionate and practical book will help parents equip them to process, learn from, and rise above their situation.

My thoughts: As a parent, I really don't like to see my children hurting, and would love to shield them from being hurt. And yet, I know that we live in a fallen world and that having your feelings hurt by friends or dealing with grief is part of the growing process. I love that this book doesn't leave parents to navigate helping children through hurt alone. I really appreciate the Q and A section, where parents asked Dr. Leman's advise on how to handle specific situations. This book does a wonderful job of providing help for working though failures, grief, fears, and more. I highly recommend this book for all parents/guardians!
I received this book from the publisher. This is my honest review.

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