Eileen Kennedy-Moore, Ph.D., and Mark Lowenthal, Psy.D.

SMART PARENTING FOR SMART KIDS: Nurturing Your Child’s True Potential (Jossey-Bass/Wiley)

Smart Parenting for Smart Kids: Nurturing Your Child's True PotentialEileen Kennedy-Moore, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist with a private practice in Princeton, New Jersey, where she works with children, adults, and families.  She is the co-author of two book for parents, SMART PARENTING FOR SMART KIDS: Nurturing Your Child’s True Potential and THE UNWRITTEN RULES OF FRIENDSHIP: Simple Strategies to Help Your Child Make Friends (Little, Brown).  She is also the author of an award-winning children’s book, WHAT ABOUT ME? 12 Ways to Get Your Parents’ Attention Without Hitting Your Sister (Parenting Press). Visit her at www.eileenkennedymoore.com.

Co-author Mark S. Lowenthal, Psy.D., has a full-time private practice in Maplewood, New Jersey, working with children, adolescents, and adults. The former director of the Child and Adolescent Outpatient Psychiatric Program at Trinitas Hospital in Elizabeth, NJ, Dr. Lowenthal has been a long-time advocate on behalf of children with mental health issues, helping to shape policy on a state and local level. He and his wife, a pediatrician, have two children.

Praise for Smart Parenting for Smart Kids

“A smart, deeply perceptive and important book.”  —Wendy Mogel, author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee and The Blessing of a B Minus

“Smart Parenting for Smart Kids is a really important book for parents who are immersed in the wave of pressure parenting.  The authors have done parents a favor by exposing the flaws in the argument that our kids must be pushed ever harder to succeed.  This book helps parents see how to encourage their children to develop as whole people with feelings, ideas, and the ability to cope with the occasional disappointment too.” —Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Ph.D., author of Einstein Never Used Flash Cards and A Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool.

“This book offers warm, sensible and practical ways that parents can help their children build positive relationships and develop effective coping skills.  The authors make parents aware of the fine line between encouragement and over-involvement.  I highly recommend it.” —Nancy Samalin, M.S., best-selling author of Loving Without Spoiling

“If you wish to be a smart parent, get this book and absorb its messages about how to help your children learn from experience, grow despite setbacks, work well with those around them, and find their own motivation and joy.” —Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D., Director of Clinical Training, Psychology Department, Rutgers University; co-author, Emotionally Intelligent Parenting

“This book is a treat – smart guidance for parents of bright children in a stressed out world! Kennedy-Moore and Lowenthal engage you with their comfortable writing style, psychological expertise, compelling examples of children’s core challenges, and sound parenting strategies.  I recommend it for parents who want to help their children achieve and thrive, without pressure.” —Carol D. Goodheart, Ed.D., 2010 President, American Psychological Association

“Kennedy-Moore and Lowenthal show us how to encourage healthy self-esteem and coping in our children. In a clear manner, they translate solid strategies into easy to understand advice for parents to to help kids stay productive and happy. Wish my parents had this when I was growing up.” —Jed Baker, Ph.D., author of No More Meltdowns

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"Having had the experience of raising a smart, perfectionistic child myself, this book is a literal Godsend. Packed with familiar anecdotes and valuable advice, parents will find great wisdom in its pages."  --Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The Leader in Me