A practical guide to raising strong, independent, happy children
New winds are blowing in our world and we live in an era of breaking with norms, traditions and socio-cultural values. In light of these changes, the necessity arises to show our children how to be more independent and acquire inner strength so they can make their way in a new borderless world.
Strong, Independent, Happy Children is a theoretical and practical guide for parents and educators that provides answers for the development of children’s emotions by integrating intrapersonal and interpersonal emotional skills:
- Tools for handling situations of distress and the need to seek help
- Developing the feeling of empowerment stemming from inner strength, dealing with frustrating situations, disappointment and failure, as an integral part of life
- Focusing on the child’s real voice while recognizing the full range of their feelings
- Understanding children and focusing on their unique voice vs. their desire to maintain the sense of belonging within their own age group
- How to build and preserve meaningful friendships
- Adapting to society and belonging even when social conventions do not match those of the child
Esther Goldfeld is an education counselor and expert emotional therapist, family counselor, parental advisor who leads groups and workshops for children and parents. She holds a degree in Early Childhood Studies from the School of Social Work and Social Welfare at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Valuable life lessons for every parent and educator.
Reviewed by Piaras on March 29, 2020 for Emerald Book Reviews
Strong, Independent, Happy Children by Esther Goldfeld contains valuable life lessons for every parent and educator. It discusses issues we encounter every day as adults, and even more as parents. It’s difficult to write a more objective review because the impact the author will have on you will make you see life and its problems in a wise and practical way. The book should NOT be read – it should be absorbed and reflected upon.
The overall tone was simply imparting knowledge, personal experience and wisdom in a gentle and generous way. Her words will help to better equip you to interpret and handle life in a whole new way, which in turn will bring peace, love and joy into your life. If you are looking for inspiration and encouragement in facing serious life issues, this would come highly recommended from me.
This book will help you clarify your thinking, process your feelings, and make better decisions. If you are you ready to design a life you love, this read with help you on your journey. The author has put her heart in the pages of this book and will encourage and give hope to the reader.
No matter what your situation is today, this book will put you on the right path to better things. I’ve been around the block a few times myself and even I found this read to be very insightful. This wonderful new book will show you how to properly tune into life and the simple rules you must follow to achieve this. This by far is one of the best Life-Improvement books I’ve read in a long time. The author must be commended for her time and effort for producing such an insightful book. Also, the writing style is friendly which makes for an enjoyable read.
Strong, Independent, Happy Children is a wonderful read that will leave you feeling like a better person for having read it. It’s an impressive work by author and counselor Esther Goldfeld. I’ll be looking forward to reading more from her in the future. I would highly recommend this perceptive and intuitive read. A well-deserved five stars from me.
Esther Goldfeld is the mother of three girls and has a master’s degree in Early Childhood Studies from the School of Social Work and Social Welfare at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
For over 25 years she has been working as a counselor at different institutions under the Ministry of Education, in programs for gifted and outstanding students as well as education of children and teens with special needs. She started her career as a teacher in school and pre-school teacher for children with special needs.
She then was the coordinator of the Reshit program for counseling and guidance for families in high risk and distress.
Today Esther works as a family and emotional therapist with couples, parents, and groups. She also delivers seminars and lectures at colleges.
Through her job as a school counselor she has dealt with cases as extreme as child abuse and distress, together with many other issues such as handling change, frustration, difficulty in expressing feelings and seeking help, adjustment problems, etc.