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Using Your Values
to Raise Your Child
to Be an Adult You Admire

by Harriet Heath, Ph.D.

illustrated by Anna Dewdney

Reviews and Comments

Using Your Values to Raise Your Child to Be an Adult You Admire is written to help parents identify their own values; show them how to teach those values at different ages and stages; resolve conflicting values (their own as well as their parenting partner’s); and to use values to solve family problems and meet normal developmental challenges. Using Your Values to Raise Your Child to Be an Adult You Admire is a seminal, ground-breaking, reader-friendly treatment of values as an effective parenting tool offering sound advice and counsel that will be greatly appreciated by parents of children from infancy to preschool to adolescence to young adult.
Midwest Book Review
. . . Heath, a developmental and school psychologist, has written a very inclusive guide to values clarification that all kinds of parents (and people thinking about becoming parents, and kids trying to understand their parents) can use to advantage . . . This book is a collection of sensible thinking tools for parents and children, presented in a highly accessible format.
ForeWord Magazine
Psychologist and parent educator Heath has written a unique parenting book. Rather than tell parents how to handle troubling situations, she asks parents to define their values and then deal with their children in a way that illustrates those values. Worksheets and exercises aid readers in identifying, analyzing, and thoroughly understanding those values. Using invented conflicts between parents and children, Heath also shows how different values could be used to handle specific situations differently — and how this will teach children those values. She also covers some aspects of child development and delineates the appropriate parenting strategies for differing age levels. There is a short list of other resources parents may want to use.
     Recommended for public and academic libraries.
Library Journal
What an amazing book! My husband and I knew we had values, but we had no idea how much they impacted our parenting. Right away our reactions to the children’s behavior changed. We talk about what we do and why in a different way now, more thoughtfully, I’d say.
—Julia Riutzel
mother of seven children
At a time when everyone is clamoring for kids to have “better values,” Harriet Heath offers some very practical guidance for parents to stimulate the process of developing ethically and psychologically sound values. She does so by showing parents how to begin with themselves, thus implementing Gandhi’s maxim that “you must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
—James Garbarino, Ph.D.
author of Raising Children in a Socially Toxic Environment
Using Your Values . . . is an outstanding new book! Harriet Heath’s clear path for identifying one’s own values and then translating them into parenting behaviors is a gold mine for parents who want to teach their values to their children. I think this book is a must read for all parents.
—Jean Illsley Clarke, M.A.
author of Self-Esteem: A Family Affair and Time-In: When Time-Out Doesn’t Work
Using Your Values . . . is an articulate, immensely readable and useable book for parents — and grandparents and nannies!!
—Ann Janson, Ph.D.
Professor of Education, Rosemont College
A gem of a book for all parents! There’s no better way to resolve parent - child personality and life problems than working them out through our values. Harriet Heath gives us a professional workshop in a book!
—Louise F. Tracy, M.A.
middle-school counselor
Using Your Values . . . is an outstanding practical tool for working with parents to address this urgent need. I plan to use it with adult ESL learners also.
—Linda Page-Lemaire
Principal, Fremont Adult School
Using Your Values . . . is a very well written and user friendly book. I look forward to hearing how the book is received in the field.
—Susan Hay
Director of Youth Ministries, Methodist Board of Discipleship
Book cover

Useful for birth–teens
176 pages
$16.95 paper (OUT OF STOCK)
$24.95 cloth
$21.95 library

Book Description
Media Kit
Family Values Poll

About the Author:
Harriet Heath, Ph.D.

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Last updated May 28, 2014