Clinical psychologist Judith Locke is visiting my school next term, so I figured it would be a good idea to read her book.
After doing so, I’d have to suggest it is very good reading for anyone who has, or who works with children.
The Bonsai Child of the title is a child whose growth is hampered by over-parenting – or in the case of teachers, over-reliance on others instead of themselves.
Locke gives really sensible advice on how much help to give in order to raise – or help foster the talents of – young people, in a way that helps them to be self-sufficient and empowered young adults.
It gives concrete strategies to accomplish this, and clear discussions of the ramifications of what happens if you do not take her advice.
Easy to follow and something parents and teachers can easily look back on.