Smart Parenting for Smart Kids

ISBN: 978-0470640050

Smart Parenting for Smart Kids Nurturing Your Child's True Potential

By Eileen Kennedy-Moore, PhD & Mark S. Lowenthal, PsyD
For parents

Practical parenting tips for helping bright children develop the social and emotional skills they need to become capable, confident, and caring people. 

"A smart, deeply perceptive, and important book."

—Wendy Mogel, PhD, author, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee

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Chapters include:

  • Tempering Perfectionism
  • Managing Sensitivity
  • Handling Cooperation and Competition
  • Developing Motivation
  • Finding Joy



Praise from reviewers

"…A treasure trove of strategies parents can use to help their children interact with peers, teachers and family members. …The authors’ approach [is] truly “solution-focused,” and the vignettes will be achingly familiar for most parents. Although the book targets the parents of bright children, the lessons herein will be relevant to any parent. This forgiving, intelligent [book] will help parents teach their kids that there’s more to life than academic achievement." —Kirkus Reviews

"If you use a pencil to underline the most pertinent parts of the books you read (like I do), be sure to have a pencil sharpener handy. You will need it. I found myself nodding my head in agreement as I underlined my way through Smart Parenting for Smart Kids." —Wendy Young, LMSW, Kidlutions

Praise from experts

“A fresh parenting book filled with vignettes and strategies for raising smart kids to become healthy, happy and contributing adults. It shines light on the mindset needed to counter the effects on our children of our high-stakes culture and education system. Filled with easy to access tips on how to raise whole children.” - Vicki Abeles, Producer and Co-Director, Race to Nowhere

“The authors have done parents a favor by exposing the flaws in the argument that our kids must be pushed ever harder to succeed. This book helps parents see how to encourage their children to develop as whole people with feelings, ideas, and the ability to cope with the occasional disappointment too.” - Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, PhD, author of Einstein Never Used Flash Cards

“This book offers warm, sensible and practical ways that parents can help their children build positive relationships and develop effective coping skills. The authors make parents aware of the fine line between encouragement and over involvement. I highly recommend it.” - Nancy Samalin, MS, author of Loving Without Spoiling

Praise from readers

"OMG the book is FANTASTIC!!!! It doesn't just identify 'the problem' and what the implications are, but has practical ideas and suggestions about how to improve things." —lucylu, IntuitiveParenting

"I swear the authors have met my kids! Lots of helpful ideas and strategies. I love it and will use it as a reference often!" —Jennifer, GoodReads