In The Self-Motivated Kid book, Dr. Shimi Kang, a Harvard-trained child and adult psychiatrist and an expert in human motivation, provides a guide to the art and science of encouraging children to develop their own internal drive and a lifelong love of learning.
Drawing on the latest neuroscience and behavioral research, Dr. Kang shows why pushy, hovering “tiger parents” and permissive “jellyfish parents” actually hinder self-motivation. She proposes a powerful new parenting model: the intelligent, joyful, highly social dolphin. Dolphin parents focus on maintaining balance in their children’s lives to compassionately yet authoritatively guide them toward lasting health, happiness, and success.
The Dolphin Parent released in US under this title
“Winner of the 2015 USA Book News International Book Award for Parenting and Family”
“Ready to give your kids back their childhood—the part YOU loved? The joy? The creativity? The afternoons you still remember with such longing? If you’re driving your kids to the lessons neither of you likes, instead of giving yourselves BOTH a chance to relax, play or just ‘waste’ time, it’s time to turn around the car. This book is you U-turn to joy.” – Lenore Skenazy, author of the book and founder of the blog Free-Range Kids
“Combining scientific research with personal stories, Kang has a soothing and encouraging tone that will appeal to many readers. By encouraging parents to model dolphins, who instruct by play, exploration, social bonds, altruism, contribution, and family and community values, kids will strengthen their own internal compass and have a stronger core with a greater chance at personal success and happiness.” – Library Journal (starred review)
“A beautifully written guide that will help parents counteract the social forces that have been depriving children ever more of freedom, play, and childhood itself.” – Peter Gray, research professor of psychology, Boston College, and author of Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life