Salma Bhalla, Ph.D.

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All parents desire to raise their child to grow up to be a caring, well-adjusted, happy and emotionally healthy adult. But achieving this result is not a given. Parents have to pay careful attention and be tuned in to the child's emotional needs. On the other hand some parents may become so focused on their parenting techniques that they may lose sight of the subtle or not so subtle messages that a child is sending through his behaviors.
The child's messages may not be easily understood, as the messages are indirect and not explicit. For example, the child may state, "I do not want you to go away from this house ever." The parents may not understand that the child is exhibiting anxiety and hence may not pay attention to his statement. His anxiety, fears and stress go unrecognized. Understanding, and recognizing what your child is telling you through his behavior and words, is an essential first step toward being an effective parent. In the book this is described under the heading expression.
The second step in raising a happy, well-adjusted child is to understand how a child matures emotionally and socially at each developmental stage. It is imperative to ask your child appropriate questions in a non-threatening way, correct his behaviors appropriately, and suggest alternate actions. These strategies for dealing with various behavioral problems are detailed in the book and will help you raise a happy, emotionally healthy, well-adjusted child.
Adults must be able to deal with their own problems in order to be effective parents for their child. At times you as parents may experience the same problems as your child which will make it difficult for you to respond to your child's cues and clues. Throughout this book coping strategies for parents are also provided.
This book is for parents, teachers, caregivers, and mental health practitioners to increase their knowledge of children three-to-thirteen years old.

Table of Contents:


Chapter 1: Parents’ Influence On A Child’s Development
Chapter   2: Developmental Stages

Chapter   3: Children and Self-Esteem

Chapter   4: Children and Anger

Chapter   5: Children and Anxiety

Chapter   6: Children and Stress

Chapter   7: Children and Traumatic Stress
Chapter   8: Children and Depression
Chapter   9: Divorce and Its Effects On Children
Chapter 10: Children and Attention Problems

Chapter 11: Become an Effective Parent
Chapter 12: Mental Health Services
Chapter 13: Cultural Influences and Parenting

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