"There is hardly a single paragraph in the entire book that
isn't worth quoting."
"Extremely valuable....this book is full of words of wisdom
about parenting and is highly recommended to professionals,
parents, educators, and all those interested in the welfare of
The Journal of the American Academy of
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
"Raising Kids with Character offers a wise,
sensible perspective and pragmatic guidance for parents trying to
raise ethical, compassionate children. Dr. Berger focuses on
intimacy, relationships, and intelligent, self-confident parental
authority. She give the reader numerous clinical jewels and
sensitive wisdom to learn from in this thoughtful, informative
-Alvin Rosenfeld, M.D.
"Authored by a parent and child psychiatrist, this book is
instructive both for parents and educators. It spells out
insightfully the 'whys and hows' that lead to healthy child
development, self-discovery, good citizenship, and true
consideration for others. Richly illustrated with many
clinical vignettes, it provides a basic approach to forestall and
resolve the growing wave of child violence."
-Ruth F. Lax, Ph.D.
Author, Becoming and Being a Woman
"In a sea of books on child rearing and development that
focus on or blame blame nature or nurture, it is a joy to welcome
Raising Kids with Character. It espouses
mutuality and interaction and, unabashedly, love as the catalyst
to healthy character formation. The text is written in an
easygoing style that encourages readers to participate by calling
to mind their own vignettes and examples. The case reports
are informative and show the working interactions of sensitive
clinician with her parents from all walks of life, without the
jargon of the profession. Designed for everyone from
therapist to parents. Dr. Berger's text provided me with new
insights even after thirty years of my own practice."
-Theodore Shapiro, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry, Weill Medical College of Cornell
Director of Child Psychiatry, Payne Whitney Clinic
This ground-breaking and engaging book helps parents and
professionals see past the behavior war and focus on the
intimate human relationship behind the behavior. The
quality of this emotional bond, Dr. Berger argues, is the
parents' contribution to the child's developing character.
Rich vignettes illustrate the growth process through ordinary
family interactions around authority, sharing, schoolwork, money
and sexuality. By concentrating on the long-term unfolding
of the child's inner spirit, Dr. Berger redefines the parents'
mission from struggling over behavior management to learning to
trust and enhance the child's emerging maturity. Exploding
many clichés of child rearing, this book speaks to parents'
needs for both practical advice and transcendent meaning.
Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc.