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Parenting Children With Health Issues

By Dr. Foster W. Cline and Lisa Greene


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Reviewer: Allison Martin

Parenting Children with Health Issues -Essential Tools, Tips, and Tactics for Raising Kids With Chronic Illness, Medical Conditions, and Special Healthcare Needs by Dr. Foster Cline and Lisa Greene provides suggestions and anecdotes on parenting children with chronic illnesses or medical conditions. It is based on Foster Cline's Love and Logic parenting theory which prepares parents to be helpful "consultants" to their growing children. Children learn independent thinking from experience; they are offered choices and learn from teaching but also from natural consequences. The "consultant parent" helps their children learn to think logically - to sort and prioritize actions and desires. The goal of Parenting Children with Health Issues is to avoid being overprotective as a parent, stifling your child's eventual competence or independence. Examples are given in this book for many types of health condition and special needs. Parents of children with cystic fibrosis with find many of the tips and real life experiences to be of special interest, as Lisa Greene parenting two children with cystic fibrosis.

The authors acknowledge that this method is not as useful for developmental disorders (eg, adhd, autism, sensory integration dysfunction, mental retardation, etc.) where emotional functioning or thinking may be impaired. However parents of children with specific health issues (such as cystic fibrosis, cancer, limb loss) are likely to find Parenting Children with Health Issues helpful in alleviating parental guilt and teaching responsibility.

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