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A best-seller, this book exemplifies a positive, constructivist approach to guidance that respects and protects childrenand encourages them to become responsible, independent, cooperative individuals. Grounded in solid theory and research, the book discusses various caregiving styles, the importance of understanding child development, observation, direct and indirect child guidance strategies, special topics in child guidance ( self-esteem, moral identity, resilience and stress, emotional intelligence, anger management, aggression, prosocial behavior etc.) and theories that can inform ones child guidance decisions. This edition contains a new chapter on challenging behaviors, an engaging reader-friendly layout, expanded coverage of social learning theory and additional strategies for guiding young children.