A solid, nonjudgmental advice book for parents.

Eye to Eye Volume 3

BECOMING A MORE RELAXED AND EFFECTIVE PARENT

A detailed guidebook, the third in a series, on how to make more conscious decisions as a parent.

While the first two volumes of this series were spearheaded by Lichtman’s wife and co-author, Gloria J. Walther, Lichtman (co-author Eye to Eye Volume 2, 2011) takes the lead here in a book that’s half parenting advice, half self-help. As with the first two volumes, in which parents were taught ways to help their children learn by understanding the consequences of their behaviors, the focus here is on helping parents navigate their own thought processes. In Lichtman’s view, the key to successful parenting is to change one’s unconscious habits, that seemingly never-ending chatter in one’s mind, so as to effectively isolate and solve everyday parenting problems. With a sympathetic tone, he writes, “Given that your Unconscious Mind does all the doing, unless you can find a way to consciously choose what your Unconscious does, you are consciously out of control.” While this may sound familiar to readers who’ve studied meditation, the ideas here are presented in a relatively new and fresh way. For instance, rather than simply encouraging readers to slow down and visualize a different outcome for how to deal with, say, a procrastinating child, Lichtman argues for a more well-rounded approach, something he calls creating “imaginary experiences,” in which a parent imagines a solution using a variety of senses: “An Imaginary Experience can include visual (images), auditory (sounds), kinesthetic (intuitive feelings, touch, movement, pressure, temperature), olfactory (smells) and gustatory (taste) aspects.” Many of his suggestions involve homing in on specific situations and reimagining them through writing as a way of slowing down and consciously framing a particular issue. While the book feels slightly repetitive at times, the author does a fine job of explaining his theories in clear-cut, accessible language. Although the science behind his ideas could be presented more thoroughly, the anecdotes he uses to help readers along are generally very effective.

A solid, nonjudgmental advice book for parents.

Pub Date: Feb. 24, 2014

ISBN: 978-1453796023

Page Count: 212

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: Nov. 13, 2014

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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IN MY PLACE

From the national correspondent for PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour: a moving memoir of her youth in the Deep South and her role in desegregating the Univ. of Georgia. The eldest daughter of an army chaplain, Hunter-Gault was born in what she calls the ``first of many places that I would call `my place' ''—the small village of Due West, tucked away in a remote little corner of South Carolina. While her father served in Korea, Hunter-Gault and her mother moved first to Covington, Georgia, and then to Atlanta. In ``L.A.'' (lovely Atlanta), surrounded by her loving family and a close-knit black community, the author enjoyed a happy childhood participating in activities at church and at school, where her intellectual and leadership abilities soon were noticed by both faculty and peers. In high school, Hunter-Gault found herself studying the ``comic-strip character Brenda Starr as I might have studied a journalism textbook, had there been one.'' Determined to be a journalist, she applied to several colleges—all outside of Georgia, for ``to discourage the possibility that a black student would even think of applying to one of those white schools, the state provided money for black students'' to study out of state. Accepted at Michigan's Wayne State, the author was encouraged by local civil-rights leaders to apply, along with another classmate, to the Univ. of Georgia as well. Her application became a test of changing racial attitudes, as well as of the growing strength of the civil-rights movement in the South, and Gault became a national figure as she braved an onslaught of hostilities and harassment to become the first black woman to attend the university. A remarkably generous, fair-minded account of overcoming some of the biggest, and most intractable, obstacles ever deployed by southern racists. (Photographs—not seen.)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1992

ISBN: 0-374-17563-2

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1992

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