Face to Face

 Raising children is like an odyssey, full of wonder and woes, triumphs and trials. As parents, counselors, grandparents, and other caring adults, we lovingly strive to support our children to become competent, caring, and responsible adults with fulfilling relationships, and our job is not always easy. We live in a world heavily guided by media and technology, with “screens” increasingly competing for our time and attention.

Fostering face-to-face relationships continues to be the surest path to family happiness, vital friendships, individual fulfillment, and a caring society! To ensure that the significant value of face-to-face relationship is not lost, this guidebook advocates for mindfulness, learning, and networking with others.

Face to Face was written by a team of pediatricians, educators, counselors and parents with a foreword by noted bullying expert Stan Davis. It offers an overview of current ideas and research in the fields of child development, brain science, and parenting that can help to inform parenting choices. Topics covered in the book include:

  • Friendship Starts at Home
  • Outside Influences including Consumerism and Lookism, Gender Stereotyping, and Overuse of Digital Technology
  • Navigating Friendship and Social Groups
  • Peer Mistreatment
  • Fostering Resilience

 

Because our authors know that sometimes we feel lost and are unsure of ourselves as caregivers, we also feature in Face to Face six special “touchstones” that research shows to be important for healthy and authentic living. These are scattered throughout the book for guidance.

Organized as a discussion guide, the book consists of seven chapters that can be used as the curriculum for seven discussion group meetings. Each chapter begins with an overview of topics related to various aspects of kids’ social lives. Then we supplement the overviews with related articles and conclude with discussion questions, suggestions on how to take action, and additional resources. Using the book as a discussion guide can be a powerful way to build strong connections with other parents and will go a long way toward affirming your personal values and strengthening your personal support system.

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