Kaija Puura
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185 pages

How to Raise the World’s Happiest Children

Näin kasvatat lapsestasi mukavan aikuisen

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 conducted by Gallup, and the OECD’s Better Life Index


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English sample translation 45pp
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Russian (Eksmo)
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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