Strong Parents, Strong Children
Kerry Kelly Novick and Jack Novick, PhD are internationally recognized child psychologists associated with the University of Michigan Medical School. Together with their professional practice, they have written extensively on child and adolescent development, and lecture frequently to groups of parents, teachers, and medical practitioners at universities and training centers throughout the world. Both authors trained as child psychoanalysts with Anna Freud in London. They are the founders of the innovative Allen Creek Preschool in Ann Arbor, Michigan which emphasizes a close parent-child relationship for fostering healthy early childhood development.
Their latest book, Emotional Muscle: Strong Parents, Strong Children focuses on the first five years of life, and the importance of developing emotional growth during this critical period of childhood. It is written for parents, grandparents, teachers, and care providers who work with infants, and provides a practical, common sense approach to parenting. Drawn from their experience operating a highly successful preschool, Kerry and Jack offer easy-to-implement parenting tips and techniques designed to encourage emotional growth in early childhood.
At every stage of early childhood, Emotional Muscle provides useful guidance to help elicit happiness, promote learning, and foster friendships in an infant's ever expanding world. Parents will find this book an excellent resource who want to help their children to develop healthy emotions along with a healthy body on the path to becoming successful, kind, responsible, and creative adults. The book includes numerous easy-to-follow, real-world solutions to developmental issues that parents and infants might be struggling with, and advises parents with quick, responsible, and compassionate ideas for resolving specific situations. Each chapter covers a unique stage in an infant's development and guides parents with opportunities for developing emotional growth at every step.
Reflecting the extensive personal and professional experience that Kerry and Jack Novick have developed while working closely with children, parents, and grandparents, Emotional Muscle succeeds in providing practical solutions to the real-life challenges of parenting, while enabling infants to learn trust, develop empathy, acquire self-control, and demonstrate cooperation and competence, among the many qualities that will serve them throughout their lives.
In addition to their lectures and published articles about child and adolescent development, Kerry Novick and Jack Novick have written a number of books that address important clinical and therapeutic issues encountered by professional psychologists and psychoanalysts. Fearful Symmetry is a ground-breaking work that provides a developmental theory about the symptoms and treatment of sadomasochism in children and adults. Exploring the crucial role of parents in psychoanalytic treatments for children and adolescents, Working with Parents Makes Therapy Work expands the range of clinical techniques that can be used to involve parents in rebuilding the parent-child relationship and establishing an alliance between them for restoring a child to progressive development. Good Goodbyes: Knowing How to End in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis highlights the crucial importance of recognizing and responding to treatment termination themes from the onset of psychotherapy, and for preparing patients to assume responsibility to care for themselves after therapy is completed.