Child Development, Grandparents and Children’s Books

Steve DeFillippo’s Point of View

Child Development, Grandparents and Children’s Books.

In May 2012, I wrote a NDN Blog: Abused Children: Concealed Emotions which was about the horrifying statistics of child abuse in this country; and the emotional impact on children. This is shocking; and it is a totally un-acceptable condition of child welfare in our society.

Children have always been the center of my life and I have supported community programs that come to the aid of the unfortunate and helpless; children being at the top of my list!

In today’s world, it is very common for both parents to work to make financial ends meet. Their busy schedule forms the thread that binds the family, and should enable grandparents to make a contribution to the welfare of children.

Unfortunately, there are some families that alienate grandparents and prevent the grandparent from making a contribution to the child’s development; a very sad commentary on today’s society. The problem is so pervasive that organizations such as Alienated Grandparents Anonymous have sprung up everywhere to cope with issue.

Recently my bride of 52 years, Jean, encouraged me to publish some children’s books I wrote a few years ago about teaching children how to grow up properly. The books have a special focus on the value of grandparents whose life experiences can greatly help children develop into confident people. It fosters the idea that it takes an entire family to properly educate children and reinforce important character traits without being sectarian or overbearing in presentation.

I am definitely not an advocate of spoiling the child, as my grown children will attest. However, I do feel strongly that one must instill self-esteem and confidence during the formative years of our children and give them a lot of love. The hope is that these books can make a contribution to the welfare of children.

The first children’s book, Growing Up Nicely, is one of a series of three written to teach children self-esteem and confidence, social skills, respect for others, moral values; and that learning in school is fun and rewarding. The books are available in E-book form or soft cover at leading book stores such as Barnes and Noble, Naples where I will be on Saturday, March 23, 2013, from 2 to 4 PM for a local author event.

The other books in this series may be read in any order. Growing Up Smartly, and Growing Up Politely will be available soon.

I hope in some way these books will encourage families to make a concerted effort to pay special attention to develop a positive mental attitude in the growing up process of our children, encourage grandparents to help and to mitigate the effects of child abuse in this country.

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