The Journey of Parenting

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Dr. Linda S Budd is a licensed psychologist, licensed marriage and family therapist (approved supervisor) and registered play therapist (supervisor). She has been in private practice for over 30 years, and has watched many of her clients become healthy, happy adults (and healthy, happy parents). Dr. Budd is the author of Living With the Active Alert Child (Parenting Press), now in its third edition. This title has sold over 50,000 copies: 35,000 in its Parenting Press editions, and more than 15,000 in its earlier Prentice-Hall edition. A well-known speaker in the parenting field, Dr. Budd has given hundreds of speeches throughout the United States to professional associations, parent-teacher associations, early childhood education groups, congregations, and many other groups. Dr. Budd has appeared many times on TV and radio, and has been a contributing writer for the Family Information Network for over a decade. She has been featured in articles in Working Mother, Parenting, Mothering, Minnesota Parent, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, and many other magazines and newspapers. Dr. Budd is an adjunct professor in Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota, and has taught parenting for over 30 years. She was the president of the Minnesota Council on Family Relations in 1980. She received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1992 from the University of Minnesota and the Distinguished Service Award in 1999 from the Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. In 2000 she was designated one of the Centennial One Hundred by the College of Human Ecology at the University of Minnesota, an award granted to the top 100 alumni of the college over its 100-year history. Dr. Budd was honored in 2006 with a Hall of Fame Award from Mt. Olive College, in Mt. Olive, North Carolina.

The Journey of Parenting

Helping Your Child Become A Competent, Caring, Contributing Adult

Authored by Linda S. Budd PhD

For over thirty years of her professional life, Dr. Linda S. Budd has studied, taught and written about parenting, has parented her own two daughters, and has guided countless other children and parents in her work as a psychologist, marriage and family therapist and play therapist. Her previous book, Living With the Active Alert Child, helped parents recapture a feeling of delight and bring out the best in their active child. These days, she says, young parents have a tendency to turn to the Internet for problem-solving ideas when it comes to parenting, a process she refers to as answer grabbing. Every parenting technique has its own set of assumptions about the nature of the child and his or her development. For a technique to really work, parents must understand its assumptions about the child's temperament and the parent-child relationship. Are the underlying beliefs aligned with the parents' beliefs? When frustrated or scared, parents seek to find a quick and easy solution to a problem, such as logical consequences, they often use the technique to simply try and control their child. However for such a technique to work, parents must instead spend most of their time encouraging the behavior they expect. In answer grabbing, the relationship aspect is often missing, and it is easy to overlook the larger picture of what the child is learning. Dr. Budd's new book helps parents understand the connection between what they are teaching their child now, and how it relates to what they want their child to actually learn in order to become a self-sufficient and thoughtful adult. Are you unintentionally undermining your goals for your child's development? What interferes with helping your child feel secure? How does respect change over time? Answers to these questions and many more are in this valuable and highly supportive guide. It is the author's wish that after reading this book, parents will be able to walk through their fear and toward their mission. Children are always learning. Hopefully, parents are learning too.

"Parenting our kids is critically important and, at times, confusing. Based on years of research and experience, Linda Budd has created a four-channel model that can serve as lighthouses to keep our parental sailing on course. It's simple, sound, and practical. I'm sure parents will find it helpful."
David Walsh, PhD, Author of Why Do They Act That Way?

"Wise, balanced, compassionate, and challenging. I can't think of a better comprehensive guide for today's parents. Linda Budd's immersion in the lives of real families comes through on every page."
William J. Doherty, PhD, Author of Take Back Your Kids.

"Linda Budd brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as a therapist and parent educator to this gem of a book. Within a clear framework of children's social and emotional development from birth to adulthood, Budd offers parents fresh insight into the meaning of behavior and practical tips for helping children find the best within. Whether your children are toddlers or teens, this book will help you keep your eye on the goal of guiding your children to become the healthy, happy, compassionate and responsible people they are meant to be."
Marti Erickson, PhD, Co-host, Mom Enough(tm) (

When parenting situations call for more than sound-bite solutions, Linda Budd's book can help parents of children from birth through age 20 look beyond the tension of the moment to the bigger picture of parenting. Likening parenting to maneuvering a boat, Budd uses the four elements of effective parenting (security, protection, respect and importance) as channel markers to help parents avoid the hazardous shoals in the river of parenting experiences. The many examples offer a wide range of suggestions from immediate responses to the importance of long-term rituals for keeping the parenting boat in the middle of the stream.
Jean Illsley Clarke, PhD, Author of How Much Is Enough?

Publication Date:
1460902645 / 9781460902646
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.5" x 8.5"
Black and White with Bleed
Related Categories:
Family & Relationships / Parenting / General

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