Raising Kids with Character
Elizabeth Berger, M.D.

What are they saying about this must-read parenting book?

"There is hardly a single paragraph in the entire book that isn't worth quoting."

Ruth Rosen
Suburban Express

"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 children"

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 book."

-Alvin Rosenfeld, M.D.
Co-author, Hyper-Parenting

"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 University
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.


Home The Author Book Excerpt Reviews NBC Interview Interview Order Now

Copyright © 2001-2006 Elizabeth Berger, MD. All rights reserved.