Raising Children At Promise: How the Surprising Gifts of Adversity and Relationship Build Character in Kids
January 2005, Jossey-Bass
Part One: The At-Promise Perspective.
1. A New Look At Promise.
2. Telling Your At-Promise Story.
3. The Trailhead: Fear Versus Love.
4. Companions for the Journey: Choosing Your At-Promise Kids.
Part Two: Requirements for Growth.
5. Adversity: What’s Pain Got to Do with It?
6. Trusting Relationships with At-Promise Kids.
Part Three: Building PROMISE Character.
7. Perseverance: Staying the Course.
8. Responsibility for Our Actions: Conquering the Blame Game.
9. Optimism: Real Tonic for a Toxic World.
10. Motivation from Identity: Claiming Our True ID.
11. Integrity: A Mirror of the Soul.
12. Service: It Takes Two Brooms to Change the World.
13. Engaged Play: The Great Healer.
Some Closing Thoughts.
Mona M. Stuart has taught English and mentored junior and senior high school students in both North America and Europe. She also served as a boarding school Dorm Mom to hundreds of high school girls and as a college counselor before becoming a student of her own three children. Mona speaks at conferences and retreats and is a professional grant writer for nonprofit organizations serving At-Promise youth.
--Michele Borba, Ed.D., author, Building Moral Intelligence and Don’t Give Me That Attitude!
"Raising Children At Promise is a book for our day--a day
when parents are often terrified to let children experience any
form of adversity or disappointment. This practical guide
encourages us to help kids make the most of the natural adversity
they experience so that they can learn from it."
--Betsy Hart, author and nationally syndicated columnist with Scripps