About the Book


Simple tweaks to your parenting style help your child build emotional muscle.


You know how important it is for your child to flex his physical muscles: without exercise those muscles will atrophy, leading to pain and discomfort. Well, if they don’t get regular workouts, the same thing will happen to his emotional muscles.

Even as an infant, your child is capable of much more than you might think—and the best way to foster his growth is by building emotional muscle through thoughtful, positive parenting. With these established strengths, your child will become a good friend to others, a responsible helper, and a self-motivated learner, well equipped to meet life’s challenges.

Emotional Muscle provides parenting tips for the first five years of your child’s life, offering opportunities for emotional muscle-building at every stage.
For example:

  • Babies learn trust and adaptability
  • One-year-olds develop empathy
  • At age two, they learn resilience and mastery
  • For three-year-olds, it’s about persistence
  • By age four, they’re ready to develop internal controls and realistic standards
  • And at five, at last, it’s time for cooperation and competence

Each chapter describes the characteristics and challenges of that age group as well as the emotional muscles that you can work on to guide your children, with examples drawn from our highly successful preschool.

Timeless and informative, this book offers parents, grandparents, teachers, and all who work with children practical, straightforward, easy-to-implement parenting tips and techniques. As one mom told us after reading the book, “I have gotten so much help and a sense of competence in my parenting this week!”

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