9780470322529

Nurture the Nature : Understanding and Supporting Your Child's Unique Core Personality

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    9780470322529

  • ISBN10:

    0470322527

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-01-26
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass
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Summary

From Michael Gurian, the best-selling author of The Minds of Boys and The Wonder of Girls, comes the next-step book that shows how any parent can tune into a child's unique core personality, hard wiring, temperament, and genetic predisposition in order to help that child flourish and thrive.Based on the most recent brain research, Nurture the Nature features the Ten Tips for Nurturing the Nature of Your Baby, self-tests, checklists, and many other tools for you to help your kids get exactly the kind of support they need, from infants to adolescents.While offering positive ideas for nurturing your child, Gurian also shows how to avoid the stress, pressures, and excessive competition of what he identifies as social trends parenting. Most parents know instinctively that their child is unique and has special potential, weaknesses, and strengths. No child is a blank slate. Gurian calls on parents to turn away from one-size-fits-all approaches and instead support the individual core nature of a child with effective and customized loving care.

Author Biography

Michael Gurian is a family therapist and the New York Times best-selling author of The Wonder of Boys, The Wonder of Girls, The Good Son, Boys and Girls Learn Differently! and The Minds of Boys, among many others. He is cofounder of the Gurian Institute and a pioneer in the fields of family development, education, and gender studies. He has appeared on Today, Good Morning America, CNN, NPR, and in the New York Times, USA Today, Time, Newsweek, and elsewhere.

Table of Contents

Understanding Your Own and Your Child's Core Nature: An Observation Toolp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introduction: Rediscovering Our Childrenp. 1
Your Child's Naturep. 5
Nurture the Nature of Your Childp. 7
Essential Parentingp. 12
A Special Feature for Moms and Dads with Newborns: Ten Tips for Nurturing the Nature of Your Babyp. 15
Protecting the Nature of Your Childp. 19
Escaping the Social Trends Parenting Systemp. 21
What Is Chronic Stress in the American Family?p. 24
The Social Trends Parenting Systemp. 32
Nurturing Your Child's Naturep. 37
Getting Startedp. 39
Understandinging the Core Nature of Your Childp. 43
Using Nature-Based Theory in Your Familyp. 46
The Myth of the Blank Slate Childp. 47
Eight New Sciences That Can Help You Understand Your Child's Core Naturep. 52
Creating a Profile of Your Child's Core Naturep. 63
Your Essential Parenting Blueprintp. 77
"Who Am I?"p. 78
Nurturing the Nature of Your Childp. 83
Nurturing the Nature of Your Infantp. 85
Preview of Essential Developmental Tasksp. 86
Information Essential to Nurturing the Core Nature of Your Infantp. 87
Natural Differences Between Infant Boys and Girlsp. 92
A Revolution in Parentingp. 94
Essential Mothers, Essential Fathersp. 95
Parents-Beyond-Parentsp. 100
The Importance of the Mother-Infant Bondp. 104
Burning Question: Can Vaccinations Harm Infant?p. 112
Parenting as a Spiritual Disciplinep. 113
Nurturing the Nature of Your Two- to Three-Year-Oldp. 116
Preview of Essential Developmental Tasksp. 117
Information Essential to Nurturing the Core Nature of Your Toddlerp. 117
Natural Differences Between Toddler Girls and Boysp. 121
The Importance of Play, Order, and Disciplinep. 125
Self-Awareness of Your Own Core Naturep. 132
Burning Question: How Do I Handle Tantrums?p. 133
"She Was a Handful!"p. 136
Nurturing the Nature of Your Four- to Six-Year-Oldp. 138
Preview of Essential Developmental Tasksp. 141
Information Essential to Nurturing the Core Nature of Your Four-to Six-Year-Oldp. 142
Natural Differences Between Boys and Girls Age Four to Sixp. 146
Handling Sibling Rivalryp. 148
Helping Your Self-Educating Child Ask, "Who Am I?"p. 151
Redefining Food, Shelter, and Clothingp. 156
Burning Question: How Do I Find the Best School for My Four-to Six-Year-Old?p. 162
Moving Forward with Both Peace and Excitementp. 166
Nurturing the Nature of Your Seven- to Ten-Year-Oldp. 170
Preview of Essential Developmental Tasksp. 171
Information Essential to Nurturing the Core Nature of Your Seven- to Ten-Year-Oldp. 172
Natural Differences Between School-Age Girls and Boysp. 175
Focusing on the Art of Relationship to Protect Your Child's Core Naturep. 178
Protecting a Child's Nature by Creating Symbiotic Marriage or Symbiotic Divorcep. 182
Burning Question: How Much Media Is Too Much?p. 193
The Courage of Parentsp. 197
Nurturing the Nature of Your Adolescentp. 201
Nurturing the Nature of Your Eleven- to Fourteen-Year-Oldp. 203
Preview of Essential Developmental Tasksp. 205
Information Essential to Nurturing the Core Nature of Your Pubescent Childp. 206
Natural Differences Between Early Adolescent Boys and Girlsp. 211
Helping Your Pubescent Child Through Early Adolescent Adaptations of Core Naturep. 214
Joining Together to Link Fathers and Men to Early Adolescentsp. 221
Burning Question: How Do I Protect My Early Adolescent's Self-Esteem?p. 226
Moving Forward with Pridep. 231
Nurturing the Nature of Your Fifteen- to Eighteen-Year-Oldp. 235
Preview of Essential Developmental Tasksp. 238
Information Essential to Nurturing the Core Nature of Your Middle Adolescentp. 239
Natural Differences Between Middle Adolescent Girls and Boysp. 244
Adapting Your Family to Accommodate Your Middle Adolescent's Individuation of Core Naturep. 247
Helping Adolescents Through Crisisp. 254
Burning Question: What Is the Best Way to Handle Peer Groups?p. 261
Becoming a Woman, Becoming a Manp. 267
Nurturing the Nature of Your Adolescent of Nineteen and Olderp. 271
Preview of Essential Developmental Tasksp. 273
Information Essential to Nurturing the Core Nature of Your Late Adolescentp. 274
Natural Differences Between Young Men and Young Womenp. 277
Identifying and Helping Young Men and Young Women Who Lack a Mission in Lifep. 282
Burning Question: Why Are Young People Maturing So Much Later Than We Did?p. 293
The Mission in Lifep. 295
Epiloguep. 299
Appendies
Principles of Nature-Based Familiesp. 301
Tracking Your Child's Core Personality Through Genetics: How to Draw and Understand a Genogramp. 303
More Help with Food, Shelter, and Clothing: A Discussion Starter for Parent Groupsp. 307
Notes and Referencesp. 311
Bibliographyp. 337
The Gurian Institutep. 341
About the Authorp. 343
Indexp. 345
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