When I launched this blog two summers ago, my first goal was assembling an advisory board of world-class pediatric health and wellness experts to field questions whatever topic was on my mind (or under my skin) from week to week. I was thrilled when psychologist and parenting coach Erica Reischer, Ph.D became one of the first brave souls to sign on to this unknown, somewhat health-wonky venture, and now I’m not the least bit surprised that she’s now having a book published: What Great Parents Do.
If you’ve read the blog that inspired the book, you know Dr. Reischer has a knack for giving science-based tips that are both practical and soulful at the same time. Above all, a mom herself, she tells it like it is, and inspires us to do better without ever making us feel small when we’re frazzled or frustrated. Some topics she tackles:
-Handling (without fixing) kids’ discomforts and down-moments (look for more on this in an excerpt from her book about boredom in an upcoming post)
-Helping kids get comfortable by practicing the hard stuff (like greeting grown-ups, not acing their times tables)
-Understanding how kids’ still-growing brains are responsible for some of their worst behavior
-And ditching empty praise to teach kids a real road map for success: what she calls the 3 Ps (practice, patience, and perseverance).
It’s the type of book that you’ll want to keep on your bedside or start-up page to refer to in bits and pieces when you catch a moment (or need some motivation). If you’re one of the first 500 people to pre-order the book now, here, before it goes officially goes on sale on Aug. 16, you’ll get a bonus copy of Dr. Reischer’s how-to guide 5 Simple Steps to Get Kids to Listen *Without* Nagging or Yelling (Who couldn’t use that this time of year???)