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The Art of Sensitive Parenting

The Art of Sensitive Parenting
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Item Code: NAJ510
Author: Amita Govinda
Publisher: Pustak Mahal
Language: English
Edition: 2012
ISBN: 9788122313604
Pages: 199
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
weight of the book: 290 gms

Back of The Book

This book is about the Samvedana of parenting. Samvedana is the Hindi derivative of the Sanskrit root Sam-vedana, meaning feeling with deep sensitivity. This book uses the concept of Samvedana to underline the obligation of sensitive parenting and calls for creating an adult-child relationship of 'feeling together' in favour of the growing child. It is about exploring the physical and social/emotional world of the child with the child, in understanding the issues of child development. It opens up the child’s world to the adult, both the parent and the teacher, a world that has been little understood and much misinterpreted. In doing so, it provides simple but valuable techniques to parents and teachers in handling children in early stages of schooling.

The book is not only about the significance of sensitivity to children’s growing needs but also about growing up with children. It is about understanding their conflicts and traumas at each phase of their development and facilitating them to resolve these. It invites parents to enjoy the fascinating journey of childhood and to relive it with the growing child. It thus evokes the samvedana of parenting – to understand children’s perspectives in a sensitive manner, to listen to their side of the story, to be open to learn from them and do discover the profoundness of the inner child beyond what seems like flippant, external childishness.

 

About The Book

The book is based on the work of the author with a number of schools and non-governmental organizations involved in implementing or promoting innovative preschool and primary education. Each issue dealt with in the book has been the subject of discussion with parents and teachers in a number of interactive sessions over the years. Many of the themes were revised based on the feedback from parents and teachers. All the ideas are based on real life experiences and personal narratives of cases from urban and rural schools with which the author has been associated over a span of more than two decades as a mentor and parents is that which has been reported to have worked well for them.

Every parent would like to see her or his child grow into a balanced person realizing her/ his full potential. Parents look for scientific but simple and easy to understand advice from real life. This is precisely what the book attempts to do- to reach out to the parents and teachers who are engaged in bringing up children. The most important characteristic of the book is its simple style and language. It avoids unnecessary theory and technical jargon and does not demand any specialized knowledge; yet, it is based on scientific evidences and has the potential to influence teachers and parents making them more sensitive to the growing child’s cognitive, social and emotional needs. Built mainly on real life cases from their own surroundings, it has ready appeal to parents and teachers alike.

Finally, the book is unique in that it explicitly links home and school, work of parents and teacher, treating child’s life space as one continuum between the home and the school. Thus, the proposed book traverses between home and school, addressing a critical group of modern parents whose children have just begun going to school. In this way, the book acts as a link between the parents and the teachers, contributing to development of a shared understanding of the challenges of dealing with the growing child. It attempts to bridge the traditional gaps in knowledge and expectations between the school and the home, which invariably affect the growth and development of the child. Yet, it is not unduly a problem-centered book; nor is it prescriptive, presenting to parents lists of dos and don’ts. It is crafted with a positive tone and language; it is more about helping teachers and parents alike to enjoy the playfulness, spontaneity and creativity of the growing child. Through this, the book tries to introduce to parents and teachers the principles and practices of ‘sensitive parenting’ or parenting with feeling.

Samvedana, is the Hindi derivative from its Sanskrit root Sam-vedana, meaning feeling with deep sensitivity. This book uses the concept of Samvedana to underline the obligation of sensitive parenting calls creating an adult-child relationship of ‘feeling together’ in favour of the growing child. It opens up the child’s world to the adult. In doing so, it provides simple but valuable suggestions to parents and teacher in handling children in early stages of schooling.

The book invites parents to enjoy the fascinating journey of childhood and to relive it with the growing child. It thus evokes the samvedana of parenting – to understand children’s perspectives in a sensitive manner, to listen to their side of the story, to be open to learn from them and to discover the profoundness of the inner child beyond what seems like flippant, external childishness, It encourages parents and teacher to be attuned to the growing child’s cognitive, social and emotional needs.

All parents look for scientific but simple and easy to understand advice from real life. This is precisely what the book attempts to do! Indeed, the most striking feature of the books is its simple style and language. It avoids unnecessary theory and technical jargon. Built mainly on real life cases from their own surroundings, it has ready appeal to parents and teachers alike.

 

About The Author

Amita Govinda holds Master Degrees in Sociology and Education, and a Ph.D. from M.S. University of Baroda. The focus of her work for the past four decades has been on creating caring classrooms with the use of innovative pedagogies through teaching and training educators. She has conducted extensive field studies in early childhood and primary education in urban and rural areas of India. She has recently published Training Handbook and Activity Bank for pre School Education Programme.

 

Contents

 

. . .

 
Acknowledgements 9
 
About the Book 11
 
To Parents and Teachers 14
I.
The Growing Child 17
1
The Needs of Young Children 19
2
Understanding the Social World of the Child 22
3
Let us Moke Eating Nutritious Food a Pleasant Experience For Our Children 26
4
Developing Independence in Children 29
5
Growing Up with Siblings 33
6
Grandparents - A Part of a Child's Life Space 38
7
Responding to Children's Questions 42
II.
Nurturing the Emotional Life of Children 45
1
Parents in the Emotional Life of children 48
2
Positive Language in a Child's Life 51
3
How Do Our Children Learn Right From Wrong? 55
4
How Do We Instill Discipline inChildren? 59
5
Let Us Make the Child's Life Simple and Straight 64
6
Harmony at Home 67
7
Mama, Do You Still Love Me? 71
III.
All Children are not the same: Facilitating their Development 75
1
Understanding the Aggressive Child 77
2
Can We Increase the Attention Span of Children? 79
3
Helping Children Who are Shy 81
4
Dealing with Temper Tantrums 83
5
How Do We Help Children with their Fears? 86
6
Helping Children With their Emotions through Play 89
7
Dealing with Leaming Disbilities: The Dhslexic Child 92
IV
Building Creative Spaces for Children 96
1
Art in Child's Life: Reaching Out to the Creator of the Art 97
2
Rhythm and Music in Your Child's Life 101
3
Child's Play: Drama in Real Life 105
4
Do You Remember Stories that you Have Loved Hearing as a Child? Tell These to Your Children 109
5
Your Child is also Creative 112
6
Nature is a Part of the Young Child's World 116
V.
The Learning Child 119
1
Developing Listening Skills in Children 120
2
Children Learning to Speak 123
3
How Do We Make Reading fun for Children? 127
4
Ho Do We Help children Acquire Writing? 130
5
What is Difficult about Learning Arithmetic? 134
6
Science is a Part of Everyday Life 138
VI
Securing the Child's World 141
1
Protecting the Child From Abuse 142
2
Breaking the Barrier of Silence 146
3
On TV Viewing: To Watch or Not To Watch 150
4
Helping Children in Homes With Separated/Divorced Parents 155
VII
Learning from the Growing Child 158
1
Are You A Nurturing Father? 159
2
Are We Consistent with Our Children? 163
3
What Happens to Super Kid Syndrome Children? 167
4
Dos and Don'ts that Shape the Personlity of Your Child 170
5
Dealing with the Dilemma of a Working Mother 173
6
Accepting and Loving Your Special Child 177
VIII
The Child and the School 185
1
Your Child Goes to School: Are You Ready? 186
2
Danger of Pushing children in Early Years of Schooling 189
3
Working with children at Home 192
4
Is My Child Developing Alright? 195
 
Epilogue 198

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