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Raising Children Who Think for Themselves

Raising Children Who Think for Themselves

Raising Children Who Think for Themselves offers a new approach to parenting that has the power to reverse the trend of external direction in our children and help parents bring up empathetic, self-confident, moral, independent thinkers. Children who are externally directed make decisions based on the peer groups, violent movies, sexually explicit television shows, and rap lyrics that permeate their lives. When children are self-directed, on the other hand, they use their power of reason like a sword to cut through the jungle of external influences. Fortunately, the author shows us, it is never too late to foster in our children the ability to weigh options, consider sources, and think for themselves.

Filled with real-life examples, humorous anecdotes, and countless interviews with parents, children, and teachers, Raising Children Who Think for Themselves
  • Identifies the five essential qualities of self-directed children
  • Outlines the seven strategies necessary for parents to develop these qualities in their children
  • Addresses nearly one hundred child-raising challenges—from body piercing to whining wars—and offers solutions to help encourage self-direction
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  • Atria Books/Beyond Words | 
  • 304 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781582700472 | 
  • May 2001
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About the Author

Elisa Medhus M.D.
Photograph by Michael Carr Photography

Elisa Medhus M.D.

Dr. Elisa Medhus is the author of Raising Children Who Think for Themselves, which won the 2002 Parents Choice Award, the 2002 National Parenting Publications Award, and the National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval, as well as Hearing Is Believing (New World Library, 2004). A mother of five, Dr. Medhus lives in Houston, Texas, where she built and operated a successful private medical practice for thirteen years. As founder and president of the Medhus Youth Organization, Dr. Medhus has further dedicated herself to transforming our society to a responsible, self directed one.

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