This is an important book for our time, given that we are having so many difficulties with our youth with depression and other suicide. It is important for all of us to get a handle on how we can help our youth with all of their difficulties.
As youth culture grows, there are more self-centered and obsessed with “ME” youth. Michael Ungar shows us that children today are willing as ever to think of “WE” instead of me. All that we need to do is to show them the benefits of living for more than ourselves.
Like generations before then, they want to be noticed for the contributions they can make. What they need, though, to achieve this is compassion and encouragement from parents and some careful attention to their most important connections, those made at home.
Through inspiring stories taken from Ungar’s clinical work with families and children and expert research gathered from around the world, he reveals how the close connections kids crave and the support adults provide can help kids to realize their full potential–and how it can also protect them from the dangers of delinquency.
At a time when global issues and activism have come to the forefront, this book offers a fresh, optimistic way of thinking about our children’s true nature and potential.
This is a great book from an expert who specializes in families and mental health, child welfare, education, and correctional settings. He is a research professor at Dalhousie University. He lives in Halifax with his wife and two children.