In The Optimistic Child, Dr. Martin E. P. Seligman offers parents, teachers, and coaches a well-validated program to prevent depression in children. In a thirty-year study, Seligman and his colleagues discovered the link between pessimism -- dwelling on the most catastrophic cause of any setback -- and depression. Seligman shows adults how to teach children the skills of optimism that can help them combat depression, achieve more on the playing field and at school, and improve their physical health. As Seligman states in his new afterword for this edition, "Teaching children optimism is more, I realized, than just correcting pessimism . . . It is the creation of a positive strength, a sunny but solid future-mindedness that can be deployed throughout life -- not only to fight depression and to come back from failure, but also to be the foundation of success and vitality."
A great book for all parents who care about the emotional and mental well being of their children. The premise - that we can immunise our children against depression by making them optimistic about life and gibing them tools to encourage resilience - is well explained and easy to read with common sense advice that is very logical. If we can help our children avoid a lifetime of depression how can we not try?
What a fantastic book and so useful for any parent to build positive self esteem and optimism in your child.
It also has some helpful tips for the adult reading the book so overall a great guide and much needed book
to have when raising a self confident,happy child.
Would recommend to all.
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