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“Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child” By John Gottman 

The changes my three children experienced the last two years produced an entire spectrum of feelings. Although each child expresses himself differently, it became clear that we all needed help in navigating the emotional landscape of our home. Originally released in 1997, Dr. John Gottman’s parenting classic, Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child, was recommended by a number of friends and counselors. Gottman’s work is based on 20 years of research and full of practical advice to help parents walk their children through emotional moments. He helps parents create space for their children’s negative emotions and understand the opportunity for intimacy found within these moments. I appreciated that Gottman did this while retaining boundaries and consequences that are necessary for childrearing. The God-honoring goal of self-control remains relevant for every member of the family, and I believe that helping our children cultivate this virtue is a gift that will serve them in every area of their lives for years to come. Gottman’s book will equip you to do this well.

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