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Your Child's Path

Your Child's Path

Unlocking the Mysteries of Who Your Child Will Become

This “compassionate guide for parents and readers” (Kirkus Reviews) reveals how to distinguish between the childhood traits that are cause for concern, and those that are not.

Every parent hopes their child will grow up to be happy, smart, popular, and successful—and as a result, many are anxious and eager to find clues to what their child’s future will be. But with websites, media, and other parents providing an endless stream of advice about how to raise your children to be perfect, whom can a parent trust?

Susan Engel draws on her years of experience as a developmental psychologist, educator, and mother to help parents and teachers identify behaviors that require intervention, while also providing reassurance about those that do not. Unlike many parenting experts, Engel encourages acceptance and perspective. Rambunctious children will calm down as they age and find activities to absorb their intellectual energy. Shy kids don’t need to become “un-shy”—they simply need to learn how to reach out to others on a one-to-one level.

Blending stories about real children with new ways of thinking and up-to-the-minute social and clinical research, Your Child's Path is both an absorbing narrative and an indispensable tool that will help restore parents’ sanity and put the joy back in child rearing.
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  • Atria Books | 
  • 288 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781439150139 | 
  • February 2013
List Price $15.00
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Read an Excerpt


A Road Map to Your Child’s Future

I got my first pair of evening slippers when I was three, a birthday gift from my six-year-old sister. They were sparkly gold plastic high-heeled mules, with little pink poofs on the toes. I’d sashay around the living room in them, listening to the click of the plastic, feeling glamorous. I liked to wear them to nursery school, along with a large black leather purse I dragged around with me. It had first belonged to an elderly relative and contained lots of things I might need during the day: lipstick, candy, pencils, stuffed animals, Scotch tape, and... see more

About the Author

Susan Engel
Photograph by Peter Boyce

Susan Engel

Susan Engel is a developmental psychologist in the Department of Psychology at Williams College and the founder and director of the Williams Program in Teaching. She wrote a column on teaching for The New York Times called “Lessons” and is a cofounder of The Hayground School in Eastern Long Island.




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