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Building Healthy Minds: The Six Experiences That Create Intelligence And Emotional Growth In Babies And Young Children

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While every parent wants an intelligent, emotionally healthy, and moral child, no one has yet shown exactly how and when these qualities begin. Now Stanley Greenspan, the internationally admired child psychiatrist, identifies the six key experiences which enable children to reach their full potential as human beings.In Building Healthy Minds, parents will learn not only th ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published October 21st 1999 by Da Capo Lifelong Books (first published 1999)
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May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two neighborhood moms once cornered our nanny during a playdate, to try and find out what my husband and I did to raise such a great kid. If they'd just asked me directly, I would've told them about this book! It's about teaching you how to play with little kids in a way that makes the interaction really fun for both of you.
I agree with a lot of this, but I can't help feeling like following the whole of this book will result in bratty kids and slavish parents. I suppose the world is changing, and maybe this kind of interaction is the future, but it is definitely hard to adapt after growing up with "no means no" and "I'm the parent, that's why".
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While other Greenspan books made me wonder how I was harming my child, this one reassured me that we’re doing things just fine. Instructions were specific (as well as redundant) about actions to take to help your child thrive. I liked that.
I agree with a lot of Dr. Greenspan's wisdom, including the importance of floor time for children and thoughtful, constant engagement. However, a number of the points seemed repetitive or unrealistic. For example, Dr. Greenspan closes out each chapter with a reminder to parents to always be conscious of our own childhood legacies in our reactions to our children. This is important to bear in mind, but sometimes a timeout is just a timeout. At the end of the book, Dr. Greenspan also suggests that ...more
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May 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK, I haven't read the whole thing. It's a really dense book, probably less "readable" than many other parenting books... but when I take the time to sit down and give a little time to it, I learn a lot. The chapter on what newborns need for optimal development (hint: responsiveness, responsiveness, responsiveness) was actually really beautiful and moving to me.
Mariam Fouda
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
such an amazing book; worthwhile read.
Erin Brady
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
definitely a worthwhile read.
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