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Raising an Optimistic Child

By Susan Welch
Raising an Optimistic Child” has captured the latest and greatest of parenting wisdoms, but that’s not all. As a child therapist of 3-5 year olds and a daycare provider of toddlers, I am pleased to say that it has affirmed my intuitions and greatly informed my practice, with children and adults alike.

This book has reminded me once again of the paramount importance of our earliest years, and the caretaking relationships that surround them, in predisposing us to mood disorders later in life. It is a thorough compilation of the key ingredients that make for a healthy human, combining the most up-to-date psychological research, together with all-too-undereferenced ancient wisdoms and some refreshing new “ah-hah’s.”

Dare I say it? I agree wholeheartedly with most, if not all, of the book, including the authors’ de-pathologizing of children and their sensitive examination of the sticky subjects of drugs and over-diagnosed ADD/ADHD.

While very easy to read, the excellent guidance may not be so easy to do. At least the best information is nearly all in one place, as is the optimism to “have a go” at it.

I am so glad I read this book. I can’t recommend it highly enough – to parents, teachers, childcare providers, therapists, couples, and adults who struggle with depression and/or other psychological challenges or know someone who does. In short, everyone. 


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One thought on “Raising an Optimistic Child

  1. Absolutely – the early years are very important. I’ve read leadership books by a psychologist, Manfred Kets de Vries, who talks about healthy and unhealthy forms of narcissism in leaders and links them to childhood experiences.

    Posted by tinker3333 | August 23, 2012, 12:50 pm

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