The Successful Child: What Parents Can Do To Help Kids Turn Out Well

Sears, William, M.D. & Martha Sears, M.D. The Successful Child: What Parents Can Do To Help Kids Turn Out Well. Little, Brown. 2002. c.288p. illus. bibliog. ISBN 0-316-77811-7. $27.95; pap. ISBN 0-316-77749-8. $16.95.

Consistent with the Searses’ popular prior works (e.g., The Family Nutrition Book), The Successful Child is warm and loving. It extends the authors’ well-known “attachment parenting” philosophy and offers simple advice to help children succeed “in the things that matter most–relationships, values, human interdependence.” To foster responsibility, for example, they suggest “catch[ing] children in the act of doing good.” The calm, helpful tone will both comfort and challenge readers. Chapters are easily digestible, and numerous boxed insets focus attention on the topic. This general work will find a ready and appreciative audience everywhere.

This review appeared in Library Journal on April 1st, 2002 p.132; the galley was recycled over a decade (!) later on September 1, 2012.

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