WHAT TO TELL YOUR CHILD by Helens S. Arnstein


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Crises that arise around the birth of a new baby, illness, both physical and mental, death, divorce and outside community dangers are keenly felt by all children. To shield a child from crisis is not only difficult, it is undesirable. In this book written in cooperation with the Child Study Association, Helene Arnstein details numerous hypothetical situations and explains how to deal with them in ways that are least psychologically destructive. Before approaching any problem, the parent must first recognize his own anxiety and attempt to cope with it. This in itself tends to minimize stress and tension for the child. By combining sound information on child development and a series of helpful hints, the author guides the inquisitive parent with a deft hand. The chapters deal with preparing the child for the arrival of a new baby, handling his rivalry and insecurity once the baby joins the family, and separating the deeply disturbed reaction from the normal one. The child's reaction to his own illness is dependent on parental attitudes as is his reaction to a parent's illness. The dangers he encounters outside the home (gangs, etc.) can be minimized by the parent who knows what to do. The problems of divorce, and death, of mental illness in a parent, indicate the wide range of topics covered. The approach is sound and dependable.

Pub Date: July 9th, 1962
Publisher: Bobbs-Merrill