How to avoid being a helicopter parent—and raise well adjusted, truly independent children In an age of entitlement, where most kids think they deserve the best of everything, most parents are afraid of failing their children. Not only are they all too willing to provide every material comfort, they've also become overly involved in their children's lives, becoming meddlesome managers, rather than sympathetic advocates. In Drop the Worry Ball, authors Alex Russell and Tim Falconer offer a refreshing approach to raising well-adjusted children—who are also independent and unafraid to make mistakes.
In this practical sensible book, parents will truly understand the dynamics between parents and their children, especially the tendency of children to recruit their parents to do too much for them. The book also counsels that failing—whether it's a test, a course, or a tryout for a team—is a natural part of growing up, and not a sign of parental incompetence.
Shows how to resist the pressure to become over involved in your child's life
How to retire as a gatekeeper or manager of your child's life, and become a genuine source of support
Build trusting relationships with teachers, coaches, camp counselors, and other authority figures--so they can play an effective role in your child's life
Understand problems such as ADHD, anxiety, and substance abuse
A guidebook for parenting courageously and responsibly—allowing your kids to be who they are while building structures that keep them safe—Drop the Worry Ball is a must for any parent who wishes to be and do their very best.
ALEX RUSSELL, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who lives and works in Toronto. He earned his Ph.D. from The New School for Social Research in New York and now provides assessments and psychotherapy to children and adults, and consultation and supervision to schools, teachers and psychologists. He is a popular speaker to parents' groups and educators, and has been an online mediator of a TVOntario website focused on parenting and child development. He is a research affiliate with the Hincks-Dellcrest Institute where his activities include the development of an early intervention family therapy program serving families with children at risk, articles on children's emotional development, and serving on the editorial board of Ideas: Emotional Well-Being in Child Care, a national journal of early childhood educators. A father of two teenagers, he is an active parent in his community and an avid hockey player and coach.