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The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed

The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed
 

NEW YORK TIMESBESTSELLERIn the tradition of Paul Tough sHow Children Succeedand Wendy Mogel sThe Blessing of a Skinned Knee, this groundbreaking manifesto focuses on the critical school years when parents must learn to allow their children to experience the disappointment and fru... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780062299253
Barcode 9780062299253
Published 23 August 2016 by Harper Paperbacks
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Lahey, Jessica
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ISBN-13 9780062299253
ISBN-10 0062299255
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Harper Paperbacks
Imprint Harper Paperbacks
Publication Date 23 August 2016
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Lahey, Jessica
Category Family & Other Relationships: General
Advice On Parenting
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 137mm
Height: 211mm
Spine: 20mm
Weight 227g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress United States, Parenting, Child rearing, Early childhood education, Child rearing - United States
NBS Text Marriage, Family & Other Relationships
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 649.7
Catalogue Code 893797

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NEW YORK TIMESBESTSELLERIn the tradition of Paul Tough sHow Children Succeedand Wendy Mogel sThe Blessing of a Skinned Knee, this groundbreaking manifesto focuses on the critical school years when parents must learn to allow their children to experience the disappointment and frustration that occur from life s inevitable problems so that they can grow up to be successful, resilient, and self-reliant adults.Modern parenting is defined by an unprecedented level of overprotectiveness: parents who rush to school at the whim of a phone call to deliver forgotten assignments, who challenge teachers on report card disappointments, mastermind children s friendships, and interfere on the playing field. As teacher and writer Jessica Lahey explains, even though these parents see themselves as being highly responsive to their children s well being, they aren t giving them the chance to experience failure or the opportunity to learn to solve their own problems.Overparenting has the potential to ruin a child s confidence and undermine their education, Lahey reminds us. Teachers don t just teach reading, writing, and arithmetic. They teach responsibility, organization, manners, restraint, and foresight important life skills children carry with them long after they leave the classroom.Providing a path toward solutions, Lahey lays out a blueprint with targeted advice for handling homework, report cards, social dynamics, and sports. Most importantly, she sets forth a plan to help parents learn to step back and embrace their children s failures. Hard-hitting yet warm and wise, The Gift of Failureis essential reading for parents, educators, and psychologists nationwide who want to help children succeed.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Lahey has many wise and helpful words...ones that any parent can and should embrace. --Publishers Weekly

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Author's Bio

Jessica Lahey is an educator, speaker, and writer. She has been an English, Latin, and writing teacher in middle and high school for over a decade, writes the biweekly Parent-Teacher Conference advice column for the New York Times, is a contributing writer at the Atlantic, and appears as a commentator on Vermont Public Radio. Jessica earned a JD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a concentration in juvenile and education law. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and two sons.

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