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Raising a Thinking Preteen: The I Can…

Raising a Thinking Preteen: The "I Can Problem Solve" Program for 8- to…

by Myrna B. Shure

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In most public schools today, children aren't taught problem-solving skills until high school--a time when they're often already mired in a variety of difficult situations. Raising a Thinking Preteen addresses this situation by presenting a well-developed program, ICPS (I Can Problem Solve), that's designed to help children think clearly about their actions and emotions by considering different viewpoints, solutions, and possible consequences. Every child can benefit from the concepts here; as author Myrna Shure says, "there is no ceiling or upper limit when it comes to learning interpersonal skills." The book begins with some practical basics--especially useful are some simple games that will help develop the vocabulary your child will use to discuss his feelings. Not every 8-year-old can define embarrassed or frustrated very easily! This parent-friendly guide focuses on everyday occurrences and practical improvements rather than theoretical possibilities; as a result, each chapter is full of real-life examples and suggestions for teaching these techniques to your own children. Hurried parents who lack focused reading time will appreciate the way each chapter breaks down into smaller subjects--so those constant interruptions won't be such a bother. Jill Lightner

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Raising a Thinking Preteen shares dynamic, interactive techniques that will help young people recognize and express the feelings they're having--the first step in developing empathy for others, which, as Dr. Shure demonstrates, is integral to the problem-solving process. Preteens will learn to combine these skills with more complex ones, such as understanding mixed emotions and gaining insight into other people's motivations. They will also learn to plan ahead and to realize that resolving conflict is not always easy. Parents will discover skills as well--for example, how turning monologues into dialogues opens the doors of communication to their preteens and lays the groundwork for keeping those doors open.Raising a Thinking Preteen will give 8- to 12-year-olds the skills they need to cope with life's everyday frustrations and to make informed decisions about problems important to them--dealing with the stresses of homework, making good friends, and contending with mounting peer pressure and bullies in and out of school. With urgent issues of violence, unsafe sex, and drug abuse facing young people earlier and earlier, preteens need this groundbreaking program to help them reach thoughtful decisions about these problems too.… (more)

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