Teachers College Press

The Positive Parent

Product Details
ISBN: 0807748080
ISBN-13: 9780807748084
Format: Paperback, 264pp
Publisher: Teachers College Press

Raising children is one of the most rewarding and challenging things you may ever do in your life. The rewarding part is surely self-evident enough, but the reason raising kids is so challenging may partly be due to the fact that they just don't come with an instruction manual. That's where Dr. Kerby T. Alvy fits in.

Dr. Kerby T. Alvy, a clinical child psychologist, is executive director of the Center for the Improvement of Child Caring (CICC), Studio City, California and a founding board member of the National Effective Parenting Initiative. His new book, The Positive Parent, contains a wealth of practical parenting information to help raise children that are happy, healthy and successful in their adult as well as childhood lives.

There is a wealth of practical information contained within The Positive Parent. In addition to practical advice on navigating through the new challenges that face our 21st Century society, Dr. Alvy also provides 16 guidelines that any parent can use to raise their children to experience their full potential. Dr. Alvy patiently describes each of these guidelines in detail with plain, easy-to-understand language.

You will learn how to:
1. Give Children Warmth, Acceptance and Respect
2. Enjoy Child Development and Be Alert to Special Needs
3. Use Firm and Fair Leadership
4. Avoid Corporal Punishment and Verbal Aggression
5. Start Early in Preparing Children for School
6. Create a Home Environment That Supports Education
7. Be an Active Partner with Your Child's School
8. Manage Your Child's Obesity and Eating-Related Problems
9. Teach Children About Their Own and Other Cultures
10. Teach Children About Substance Abuse
11. Teach Children About Sexuality
12. Teach Children to Be Financially Successful and Giving
13. Manage Your Children's Media and Technology Exposure
14. Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
15. Nurture the Relationship In Which You Are Raising Your Children
16. Set a Good Example of Life Long Learning

The Positive Parent includes selections from “The CICC Discovery Tool” — a series of age-specific questionnaires for tracking the development of children birth to five years of age. You will also find a large section about raising a child with special needs, including a significant number of resources and information on support groups.

Dr. Alvy also introduces parents to and encourages them to become part of the National Effective Parenting Intiative, an organization dedicated to promoting the welfare of children through effective parenting. Dr. Alvy currently serves on the advisory board for this institution, many of whose ideas on effective parenting were informed by the research of Dr. Alvy and his colleagues at the Center for Improvement of Child Caring.

You can order your copy of The Positive Parent online here.

Advance Praise for The Positive Parent: Raising Healthy, Happy, and Successful Children from Birth Through Adolescence, by Dr. Kerby T. Alvy

“A vital, comprehensive parenting manual to guide and support parents through the complexities of 21st century parenting. The Positive Parent is an invaluable, urgently needed resource.”
Katharine Bensinger, Parenting Education Program Supervisor, Community Counseling Centers of Chicago

"The age-old complaint is that children don't come with instruction manuals.  Now they do. The Positive Parent provides a comprehensive navigation aid for anyone concerned about raising well-rounded kids.  Don't guess.  Don't lose sleep.  Dr. Alvy provides the tools needed to identify and solve those vexing issues faced by parents everywhere."
Paul Petersen, Child Advocate, President and Founder of A Minor Consideration

“Dr. Alvy draws on his rich professional and personal experience in this engaging text for parenthood. He offers depth for professionals with practical advice and techniques for parents. Parent educators will welcome this book.” 
Jack C. Westman, M.D., President, Wisconsin Cares, Inc. and Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin Medical School

“A wonderful resource for all parents.  Dr. Alvy’s respect for parents and children is evident in every chapter, and his tips are helpful and easy to read.  He does a terrific job of taking complicated research and presenting it in every day language.  What a comprehensive, easy-to-follow book!”
Jody Kussin, Academic Chair, Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program, Phillips Graduate Institute, author of Catch Them Being Good:  A Guide to Positive Parenting

The Positive Parent is an outstanding resource for raising healthy, happy and successful children in 21st century America. It is practical, because it offers solutions to common parenting challenges and special parenting issues. It is informational, because it offers lists of educational resources and programs parents can trust. It is also inspirational, because the author has taken the initiative to spearhead a national campaign to motivate parents and family professionals to make a commitment to effective parenting…and invites each reader to join him in this important cause.
— Jody Johnston Pawel, LSW, CFLE, parent educator, nationally-recognized parenting expert, and author of the award-winning book, The Parent’s Toolshop: The Universal Blueprint for Building a Healthy Family.

“Dr. Alvy does it again. With The Positive Parent, Kerby raises our awareness of parenting in the new century and challenges us to invest in our country’s future while focusing on the most important job we will ever have ─ parenting all of our children. Thank you Dr. Alvy.” —Anne S. Robertson, National Parenting Education Network (NPEN)

“A comprehensive, readable, wise, and informed book. A guide for parenting in the 21st Century.” 
Duane Champagne, Native Nations Law and Policy Center, University of California, Los Angeles

"Kerby Alvy shares his encyclopedic knowledge of parent education in an easy-reading resource. Guaranteed you'll learn ‘stuff’ that helps your work with parents—a recommended desktop reference."
Don Dinkmeyer, Jr., Professor of Counseling and Student Affairs, Western Kentucky University, Co-author, Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) Programs 

“Parenting has become increasingly difficult in a world where commercial media competes with parents to shape a child’s values and behaviors.  Alvy’s book provides many practical parenting tips and ideas to help make parents more confidant and effective in shaping their children’s growth and development.”
Karol L. Kumpfer, Professor, Department of Health Promotion and Education, University of Utah

“In The Positive Parent, Dr.Alvy has given the context, the circumstances, and the course that leads to raising healthy, happy and successful children.  With meticulous care, insight, and skill the ingredients that are necessary for rearing children are delineated in all of their variety.  Most important, the numerous parenting effectiveness programs that Dr. Alvy presents are practical models to equip parents of all backgrounds to be successful at what is considered to be the toughest job you will ever love.”   —William S. Epps, Editor of the National Baptist Voice Magazine and Pastor of the Second Baptist Church of Los Angeles