Navigating Negativity

Practical Parenting Strategies to Reduce Conflict and Create Calm

Non-Fiction - Parenting
86 Pages
Reviewed on 12/28/2018
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Author Biography

As a child psychologist and parent, I have a soft spot in my heart for kids who default to negative thinking when faced with daily stressors, big or small. I also feel for their parents who try so hard to cheerlead, reassure, and reason with that child, hoping against hope that somehow optimism will win. As a first step in conquering negativity, I wrote Navigating Negativity for parents looking to reduce conflict and create calmer moments at home. The best part about this book is that none of the strategies require your kid's cooperation! You will discover just what might be behind your child's negative mindset, how your responses could be encouraging your child to hold on tight to that rigid response, and what to do instead. The best chapter is the one that gives you ideas on how to nurture a positive household every other minute of the day when your child is not in meltdown mode. I really tried to craft every chapter to provide practical information that does not overwhelm but inspires readers to do better for their negative child. These kids are tough. I am humbled by the chance to make a difference in even one little person's life. Imagine what your home would look like if negativity wasn't in charge! Imagine what all families could look like if negativity wasn't in charge!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Alyssa Elmore for Readers' Favorite

Does your child consistently look at the negative? Do their favorite words seem to be 'never' and 'can't'? Discover how to help modify your child's self-destructive thinking habits in the groundbreaking how-to book, Navigating Negativity (Practical Parenting Strategies to Reduce Conflict and Create Calm) by Susan Van Scoyoc. Living with a negative child can be trying at the best of times. At the worst, both the child and the parent may feel that the world as they know it is ending, or they may wish that it would end! When a child develops negative thought patterns and behaviors, they don't feel capable of facing even the smallest of challenges. This added stress evokes extreme reluctance in trying to face any new changes, easily perceived as additional challenges with which they must contend. Discover the beauty of not having to change or 'work on' your child and, instead, change the way you react. This book reveals a goldmine of knowledge and practical advice on how to create a positive family home environment all while learning how to keep the peace and remain happy; even during a crisis.

Create peace and harmony in your home despite your child's negative thinking habits by applying the practical advice found in Navigating Negativity (Practical Parenting Strategies to Reduce Conflict and Create Calm) by Susan Van Scoyoc. Like prickly weeds in a flower garden, a negative child can quickly kill the joy of a celebration, destroy the peace in a household, and ruin a special occasion with a few simple words. I appreciated how the author changes the parent's perception of how best to handle their unruly kid. Learning how to disengage from a fight, or simply not engage at all is a wonderful example of how to react to the distraught negative thinker. I also appreciated her advice on how not to react to a child in the throes of fear and stress. This book is an inspiring godsend! With practical, easy to follow instructions, Navigating Negativity is a must-have for the parent or teacher of a negative thinker.

Mamta Madhavan

Navigating Negativity: Practical Parenting Strategies to Reduce Conflict and Create Calm by Susan M. Van Scoyoc is a handy guide to all parents out there dealing with children who are negative. The strategies in the book are positive and practical, and will help to transform the ambiance in the household to that of a positive one. Negativity impacts every aspect of a child’s life while growing up, and there is a visible struggle when it comes to self-confidence, coping skills, family relationships, maintaining friendships, participating in new activities, comfort level in unfamiliar situations, and depression. The facts for understanding a negative child, how to reach out and teach a negative thinker, how to parent confidently with a negative child around, and tips for creating calm will help families to get rid of their frustrations, boost their confidence, and have a new beginning.

I like the author’s approach to a topic that is relevant but has not been discussed that much. Her experience is evident from the way she has dealt with a difficult topic. Reading this book will be comforting to many parents as it will help them to reach out to their children and make positive changes. Mostly, reading the book will give them hope; they will know there is light at the end of the tunnel. The chapter on frequently asked questions about negativity is helpful to parents when it comes to addressing many issues at home while dealing with the negativity of their child. This book is not only for parents dealing with negativity at home, but also for tutors, educators, caregivers, counselors, and therapists who handle these children.