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Bright Minds, Poor Grades: Understanding and Movtivating your Underachieving Child

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For any parent who has ever been told, "your child isn't performing up to his or her potential," this book has the answer. Renowned clinical psychologist Michael Whitley, Ph.D. offers a proven ten-step program to motivate underachieving children. This easy-to follow book identifies the six types of underachievers from the procrastinator to the hidden perfectionist to the c...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 1st 2001 by Perigee Trade (first published 1994)
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I would have given this book a four, but for one thing. Every time he talks about what happens of you don't follow his method, or something very like it, je uses the words desperate and desperation. While I am sure that he has helped many families, not all methds work for allpeople, including his. The element of sales pitch in the book, while subtle, is somewhat disturbing.

That said, there are elements of his method that are realy quite universal, the key one being open, loving dialogue with you...more
Marci Lambert
this is a very good book and i highly recommend it. some key points are that underachieving kids tend to feel a lot of anxiety and create dependency with other people. they don't trust themselves to create success. he teaches a very positive, supportive way of helping your child create a plan for success that comes from within, and doesn't rely on rewards/punishment, tutors, changing schools, logic or any of the other things parents try to get their kids to succeed. it's really opened my eyes to...more
Insightful beyond all expectations that I had. Helpful in understanding the types of underachievement and how to identifying the behaviors that characterize them. More importantly, it describes how to approach the underachievement in a systematic and repeatable manner. It has the appearance of a shallow 10 Step Program, but it is instead rich in the approach of understanding the feelings and thoughts of a child that underly the underachievement, and may be masked by the more superficial. It is a...more

Excellent book about the reality of underachievers and their families. I'm so grateful I found it. Every teacher should read it as well.
The irony of being a teacher who read this book because of her own son is not lost on me.
Anna Cuevas
This book is great!
Roslyn Ross
Brilliant. I love reality.
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