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The Learning Habit
A Groundbreaking Approach to Homework and Parenting that Helps Our Children Succeed in School and Life
Stephanie Donaldson-Pressman, Rebecca Jackson, Robert Pressman
A groundbreaking approach to building learning habits for life.
Based one of the most comprehensive psychosocial research studies of all time, 50,000 parents from 4,600 cities across the nation participated in The Learning Habit . This is an unprecedented and candid look at their daily habits and routines – to see what works, and what doesn’t.
Life is different for kids today. Between standardized testing, the Common Core Curriculum, copious homework assignments, and seemingly endless amounts of “screen time,” it’s hard for kids – and parents – to know what’s most essential. How can parents help their kids succeed – not just do well “on the test” — but develop the learning habits they’ll need to thrive throughout their lives?
This important and parent-friendly book presents new solutions based on the largest study of family routines ever conducted. The Learning Habit offers a blueprint for navigating the maze of homework, media use, and the everyday stress that families with school-age children face; turning those “stress times” into opportunities to develop the eight critical skills kids will need to succeed in college and in the highly competitive job market of tomorrow – skills including concentration and focus, time management, decision-making, goal-setting, and self-reliance. Along with hands-on advice and compelling real-life case studies, the book includes 21 fun family challenges for parents and kids, bringing together the latest research with simple everyday solutions to help kids thrive, academically and beyond.
“Three authors—a psychotherapist, a pediatric psychologist, and a neuropsychological educator who are all parents—have compiled a guide that bamboozled moms and dads will welcome. This volume, which is based on a three-year study—the largest study of family routines ever conducted—is chock-full of examples from real families sorting through tough parenting decisions and provides valuable counsel.”
“As kids rely more and more on digital forms of communication, their verbal skills are eroding. If you are raising kids, this book is an essential tool.”
—Bill McGowan, author of Pitch Perfect: How to Say it Right the First Time, Every Time
“This book presents one of the most important and innovative approaches to parenting and habit formation I’ve seen in years. It’s a must-read for parents and educators.”
—S. Richard Sauber, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief, The American Journal of Family Therapy
“Wonderful book. The synthesis of case studies, interviews and impeccable research makes this a great read and a helpful and user-friendly manual for parents.”
—Joel K Weltman, MD, PhD, Clinical Professor Emeritus of Medicine Alpert School of Medicine, Brown University
Stephanie Donaldson-Pressman and Dr. Robert M. Pressman
The 11th best-selling psychiatric title and self-help book of all time!
In this compelling book, the authors present an innovative therapeutic model for understanding and treating adults from emotionally abusive or neglectful families.
“The authors have skilfully presented an often difficult topic in an easy-to-read work which will be of value to helpers at any stage of their professional development.”
—Anglican Theological Review
“So readable and chock full of understandable case examples that it demands to be shared with patients. It focuses on the conduct of parents and their children trying to make sense out of their chaotic lifestyles in search of love, self-esteem, acceptance, and inner peace.
—Jack G. Wiggins, Ph.D., past president, American Psychological Association
“I believe that this book should be required reading for every family physician. It is a real eye opener for those physicians who routinely prescribe psychotropic medications without psychiatric input and without insisting on the patient’s participation in therapy.”
—Laurence Bouchard, D.O., past president, American Association of Doctors of Osteopathy