This guide teaches practical parenting skills that really work to help you make the most of your child's first five years. Written by one of the nation's foremost parenting experts, Dr. Michael H Popkin, in collaboration with university child development specialists, Active Parenting: First Five Years will help you nurture your child with a "just right" combination of freedom and nonviolent discipline.
You'll learn about:
- what a baby's cry means
- your child's growing brain
- preventing tantrums and other problems
- building a loving bond
- caring for your child at different ages and stages
- using mindfulness to keep your cool
- 6 ways to prepare your child for school success
...and so much more! Since 1983, Active Parenting has helped over four million parents raise responsible, courageous children who thrive.
Dr. Popkin earned a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Georgia State University and served as Director of Child and Family Services at an Atlanta hospital before entering private practice. He and his wife, Melody, live and work together in Atlanta and are the parents of two young adult children.
Dr. Amanda Sheffield Morris is the Bryan Close Professor of Child Development at Oklahoma State University. She is a developmental scientist with research interests in parenting, socioemotional development, and infant and early childhood mental health. Her research focuses on the role of emotion regulation in children and adolescents' adjustment and the ways in which children learn successful regulation skills. Another focus of her work is child and family resilience, and she is particularly interested in how early experiences shape later development with an emphasis on the parent-child relationship.
Ruth Slocum is a family therapist in Tulsa, Oklahoma, specializing in infant and early childhood mental health. She works for Oklahoma State University where she serves as the Mental Health Manager for the Tulsa Children’s Project, a program dedicated to developing interventions to disrupt the intergenerational cycle of poverty. She also oversees the Mental Health Consultation for Tulsa Educare, a high quality early childhood program. Ruth earned her Master of Social Service from the Bryn Mawr School of Social Work and Social Research in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma and serves on the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Association for Infant Mental Health.