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How can we keep chil­dren safe in an uncer­tain world, but also raise them to be con­fi­dent in tak­ing the healthy, emo­tional risks nec­es­sary to suc­ceed in life? The authors of this unique book—two clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gists, who are also mothers—provide essen­tial guid­ance for par­ents and teach­ers. They explain, step-by-step, how to help chil­dren become suc­cess­ful risk-takers: ready to leap at life’s oppor­tu­ni­ties and tri­umph over set­backs along the way. They offer real-world sce­nar­ios with real­is­tic solu­tions. Readers will find help­ful check­lists, self-reflection exer­cises, and other resources in this author­i­ta­tive book.

Raising Children Who Soar has been selected as an Oprah Selects Book.

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Drs. Eppler-Wolff and Davis have learned the impor­tance of healthy emo­tional risk tak­ing through their clin­i­cal and con­sul­ta­tive work with chil­dren and their fam­i­lies, and through the devel­op­ment of their men­tor­ing and lit­er­acy pro­grams. They con­sult with par­ents, edu­ca­tors and admin­is­tra­tors in school set­tings, cor­po­ra­tions and non-profit agencies.

Nancy Eppler-Wolff Ph.D.Susan Davis Ph.D.

Advance Praise

Susan Davis and Nancy Eppler-Wolff have made a major break­through in our under­stand­ing of the devel­op­men­tal ingre­di­ents of a healthy child­hood. I rec­om­mend Raising Children Who Soar to any­one who cares about help­ing chil­dren flourish.”

Daniel Goleman
Author of Emotional Intelligence 

Raising Children Who Soar is a mov­ing, and com­pre­hen­sive man­ual for par­ents and edu­ca­tors.   Elaborating a unique rela­tional and devel­op­men­tal per­spec­tive, this book teaches us to think of risk tak­ing affir­ma­tively so that chil­dren learn to soar.” 

Lewis Aron
Director, Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis
New York University

This is a book filled with wise coun­sel, thought­ful and prac­ti­cal guide­lines, and resources for par­ents and educators.”

From the Foreword by Jonathan Cohen
President, Center for Social and Emotional Education

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