From the world’s happiest country* a practical, nonjudgmental and concise guide sharing the secrets of Nordic parenting, akin to Philippa Perry’s The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read.
They say money can’t buy you happiness. Although Finland is an affluent country with enviable PISA ratings, what is its qualitative secret to achieving consistent high rankings on the global happiness indexes?
“In order to grow up into a well-adjusted adult, a child needs love and boundaries, emotional skills, and appreciation,” says Kaija Puura, professor of child psychiatry and senior physician in Finland Puura defines a happy, well-adjusted child as: independent; has healthy selfesteem; can adapt their feelings and behaviour to a situation; flexibleminded; collaborative; able to create positive relationships; has empathy and helps those who need it.
Puura shares insights into the child’s world, giving real examples of different scenarios from everyday life. Her indispensable book equips parents with practical and non-judgmental tips and encouragement on how their behaviour can have a positive impact on their child’s growth and happiness, forming good habits with their children, and how to keep their cool when a tantrum strikes!
• How to survive toddler meltdowns
• Why giving choices is a decision-making dilemma for your child
• What to do when your child plays the “no” game
• How to make mealtimes bearable for everyone
• Making a routine for mealtimes, bedtimes, and homegoing time
• Why free play is the best way to develop creativity
* according to the independent World Happiness Report 2019 conducted by Gallup, and the OECD’s Better Life Index
Kaija Puura (b. 1961) MD., Ph.D is Professor of Child Psychiatry and Head of Child Psychiatry at the teaching hospital at Tampere University in Finland. With a career spanning over thirty years, her extensive research and work on the assessment and treatment of young children has been widely published in national and international peer reviewed journals. She is currently an Associate Editor of the Infant Mental Health Journal. Kaija is also Executive Director of the World Association for Infant Mental Health and Vice President of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP). This is her first trade book.
English sample translation 45pp
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I would say that with parenting books people often feel more connected to the authors in similar cultural space – so there is a tradition of respecting nordic parenting books, that usually relies on combination of friendly and pragmatic approach. – Tauno Vahter, Tänapäev