Holding Tight/Letting Go

Holding Tight/Letting Go


Raising Healthy Kids in Anxious Times

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We can only hold our children close so long. We must let them go slowly, one step at a time, allowing them to build identity and self-esteem, confidence and competence. We must take off the training wheels at some point and let them go, even though we know that they’ll fall and skin a knee. But how can we let them go safely in a world filled with fear and danger?

Holding Tight—Letting Go is the necessary and natural push-pull dynamic that must play out between every parent and child from birth through death. It’s the ambivalence that we experience, torn between keeping our children safe and encouraging their independence. It’s the dilemma that we all face knowing that we let our children go into a world filled with internet predators and school shootings, toxins and addictions and crime

Holding Tight—Letting Go is your resource for healthy parenting in the twenty-first century. This is the story of how identity emerges in the context of relationships, from birth through death, from Facebook to Twitter, and beyond.

When should I say no? When should I push him to try something new? Should I let him have a phone? Should I monitor his social media? What does “privacy” mean when there is none? Holding Tight—Letting Go tackles these and the hundreds of similar questions that fill every parent’s thoughts and fuel every parent’s nightmares.

Holding Tight—Letting Go is more. It speaks to each of us about who we are and how we make relationships as parents , as adults, and as children ourselves. How we hold our partners and our own parents tight and how we must eventually, inevitably, let them go, as well.

Holding Tight—Letting Go speaks to each of us as human beings trying to understand self in these times of terror and technology.

Benjamin D. Garber, PhD, is a husband, son and the father of two. He is a New Hampshire licensed psychologist, a former Guardian ad litem and a Parenting Coordinator. He is an invited speaker and professional trainer across the United States and Canada, a prolific writer and a closet cartoonist.

Dr. Garber has advanced degrees in child and family development, clinical psychology, and psycholinguistics from the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Michigan. He has lived and worked in New Hampshire since 1988, opening his present practice in clinical child, family, forensic and consulting psychology in 1999. When not engaged in professional activities or involved with family matters, Dr. Garber can often be found kayaking and fishing on the remote lakes and rivers of Northern New England and occasionally scuba diving in warmer waters to the south.

Dr. Garber is a nationally renowned speaker, researcher and an award winning freelance journalist, writing in the areas of child and family development for popular press publications appearing around the world and in juried professional publications in both law and psychology. His other books are: Keeping Kids Out of the Middle, Ten Child-Centered Family Evaluation Tools and Developmental Psychology for Family Law Professionals.

Book Details

ISBN: 9781936268900

Format: PaperBack

Language: English

Category: Non-Fiction/Family & Relationships/Parenting, Non-Fiction/Family & Relationships/Child Rearing, Non-Fiction/Social Sciences/Psychology, Non-Fiction/Self-Help & Motivation/Inspirational, Non-Fiction/Education/Teaching Guides

Publication Date: 05/04/2016

Pages: 198

Height: 9.0 inch

Weight: 0.64 gram

Length: 0.5mm

Width: 6.25mm