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Helping Kids Help Themselves


Helping Kids Help Themselves   
by E. Perry Good

$ 15.00


Format: 6 x 9 softcover, 195 pages

ISBN# 978-0-944337-08-0



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Peer pressure, poverty, drugs, gangs -- being a kid today isn't easy. But you can help kids avoid self-destructive behaviors by encouraging self-motivation and self-esteem. In this popular book, E. Perry Good explores the basic psychological needs all children have and how you can teach them to best meet those needs. Become more involved in your kid's life by understanding the "Levels of Perception" and the "Quality World." Includes practical solutions to common teen problems. Essential reading for any parent!

All teachers want all of their students to learn well, to behave, and to assume personal responsibility. Coercion, blaming, yelling, and threatening will not help students to be responsible and, in most cases, will stop it. Helping Kids Help Themselves is the only way to get all students to want to learn, to behave, and to be responsible. - Dr. Albert Mamary, Director, National Center for Outcome Based Education, AZ

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E. Perry Good is a speaker and author who has worked for the past 30 years with educators, counselors, mental health workers, social services personnel, and corporations. Perry has also taught disadvantaged youths, counseled runaways, and instructed mental health professionals who work with teenagers and adults. She received her Master’s Degree in educational anthropology from New York University, and worked closely for many years with Dr. William Glasser as a senior faculty member of the William Glasser Institute. Perry is a founding member of the International Association for Applied Control Theory (IAACT).


1. Introducing the Problem ... 1

2. Defining Help ... 37

3. Creating Involvement ... 69

4. Exploring the Perceptual System ... 99

5. Accessing the Quality World ... 129

6. Learning Self-Evaluation ... 157

7. Choosing a New Attitude ... 185


From Chapter 1: Introducing the Problem

There is no shortage of adults trying to help kids. In fact, there are many more adults who want to help kids than there are kids who want help.

Good intentions are not good enough. Adults really do want to help kids, yet kids resist the "help" they are offered. Kids even cringe when they hear their parents say, "Let me give you some advice." Perhaps teachers, counselors, and parents have a lot of faith in methods of "help" that do not work.

Frequently the behaviors adults use to "help" kids don't help at all. What adults call help is many times a thinly disguised attempt to get the kid to do what the parent, teacher, or counselor thinks is best. And sometimes the parent doesn't know WHAT to do to help. Unfortunately, we don't go to school to learn how to be good parents. The only instructors that a parent has previously had were his own parents and teachers.

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