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Book Review - Promoting Healthy Childhood Development TODAY

By: James R. Harris, Jr., Ph.D.


Disclaimer: This book review is my opinion of the book. If you have a different opinion of the book that is great. I know I have loved several movies and books that other reviewers have not liked and disliked movies and books that receive great reviews. I think we all have. If you would like to submit your own review, I may consider posting it. Otherwise feel free to share you reviews on the Forum. Thanks.


This is Dr. Harris' (The author of Respecting Residential Work with Children, one of my favorite books) second book.  It is basically a summary of childhood development. It is a short book that doesn't cover any particular area in detail, but does a pretty good job of providing useful hints and tips in several areas of development. 

My favorite chapter is chapter 8 "Families and the Future"  Dr. Harris describes how many families can let modern conveniences like cell phones, cable TV, eating out, etc. take away from family necessities even to the detriment of the family.  He goes on to encourage us to get our priorities right and be responsible in how we (society) raise our children.  He begins the last paragraph of the book with a most true statement, "If we believe that adult caretakers are the last remaining stabilizing force in American society, then all such adults must take their roles seriously, whether they are a biological, adoptive, foster parent(s), relatives, or out-of-home service providers."  I think that is something we should all remember.

Other chapters include: The Challenges of Caring for our Children, Looking at Childhood Development (A brief history), Gaining Awareness of Common Childhood Behaviors, Addressing Issues of Adolescence, Developing Effective Communication with Children, Instilling Desirable Behavior Through Discipline, and Managing Anger and Stress.

I have started using some of his suggestions on discipline and it has already made a difference.  .

The book is published by NEARI Press, Holyyoke, MA.  Copyright 2007.  It is only  available in soft cover and is 92 pages long. 

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