PARENTING

The Emotionally Intelligent Child: Effective Strategies for Parenting Self-Aware, Cooperative, and Well-Balanced Kids

New Harbinger Jun. 2022. 232p. ISBN 9781684038152. pap. $18.95. CHILD REARING
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What parent hasn’t wondered what their child was thinking at some point? Parents and professionals in the field of early childhood education (ages zero to eight), Hadani and Katz were interested in exploring theory of mind (ToM), a system that increases understanding and respect for the beliefs and desires of others and includes delving into one’s own cognition. Rather than being a how-to manual, this book is devoted to the “MIND framework,” which seeks to raise socially and emotionally intelligent children based on the individual personalities of parents and children. They encourage parents to view a child’s actions not from a fix-it perspective, but instead in terms of the child’s individual development—a step toward intentional parenting that Hadani and Katz believe is key to inculcating emotional intelligence. The authors break down intellectual theories into simple frameworks with diagrams and pictures.
VERDICT Hadani and Katz are outstanding at simplifying child psychology. Their book offers some parenting strategies, but could have used more.
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