PARENTS TALKING, KIDS TALKING: Helping Your Children Become the People You Want Them to Be by

PARENTS TALKING, KIDS TALKING: Helping Your Children Become the People You Want Them to Be

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KIRKUS REVIEW

After many instructive books like The Games Children Play (1972) and It's All Arranged: 15 Hours in a Psychiatrist's Life (1975), Dr. Chapman offers this odd entry in the parenting sweepstakes. At the start, it seems like another Ginott spin-off, with dead-end and recommended dialogues between parent and child. But the exchanges are no more illuminating than what is already available, most are less subtle and more manipulative, and virtually all conclude with a dispensable parental summing up: ""It will be a little painful, but you'll grow an inch or two in the process"" or ""Isn't it best to avoid going through things like this again?"" Furthermore, parents looking for help in conveying religious values may find this subject handled inadequately. Chapter 7, ""Consensual Validation and Religious Conformance,"" attempts conversations touching on prayer, the cross, etc.; these dialogues are somewhat circular and a bit suspect in their resolutions. Chapter 7, ""Consensual Validation and Jewish Identity,"" approaches similar religious issues from a Jewish perspective; again, the contents are spotty--""Assimilation and Group Uniqueness,"" ""To Be or Not to Be--Jewish,"" and ""Sex and the Jewish Girl."" Dr. Chapman knows the touchy areas but his handling of them lacks finesse.

Pub Date: Feb. 19th, 1979
Publisher: Putnam