How Children Thrive

By Mark Bertin, M.D.

How do children thrive? As a parent you probably think about this every day. You want your children to have happy, healthy, and meaningful lives – but what’s the best way to support them? In How Children Thrive, developmental pediatrician and parent Dr. Mark Bertin provides a positive, simple, and empowering approach for raising children. Bringing together mindfulness, new science on brain development, and the messy reality of being a parent, Dr. Bertin has created a breakthrough guide that will help children – and their parents – flourish.

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Professional Endorsements of How Children Thrive

The real title should be “How Children (and their parents) Thrive!” Dr. Bertin’s nonjudgmental and reassuring tone is the perfect antidote for the parenting book that makes us feel like we’re doing everything wrong. Understanding a child’s developmental capabilities at different ages and working to their strengths is worth the price of admission. And that’s only Chapter One! I can’t do my twins’ first ten years over again, but now I’ll go into their second decade MUCH more confident that I have the tools to handle what’s ahead.
-Wendy Mass, New York Times bestselling author of A Mango-Shaped Space

How Children Thrive is a book I highly recommend not only for parents but also for professionals who work with children and their families.  Mark Bertin has done a masterful job of explaining the key role of executive functioning (EF) in a child’s development and has offered very specific, practical suggestions for nurturing EF, self-discipline, and resilience in children.  As Mark shares his insights about parenting, I was especially impressed with is his ability to do so in an empathic manner.  His warmth and humor as well as appreciation for the challenges parents face were evident throughout the book—making it easier for parents to understand, accept, and apply the information he conveys.  This book is a wonderful resource for parents in developing self-compassion and resilience in their own lives so that they are better equipped to develop these same qualities in the lives of our children.
-Dr. Robert Brooks, co-author of Raising a Self-Disciplined Child and The Power of Resilience: Achieving Balance, Confidence, and Personal Strength in Your Life

How Children Thrive is a breath of fresh air. Mark Bertin cuts through all the overwhelming theories on how to optimally raise children and presents and elegant, effective, yet simple approach that can help your child develop into the best version of themselves (while maintaining your sanity)! If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed as a parent, this book is a must read! –
-Elisha Goldstein, PhD, Founder of A Course in Mindful Living

In How Children Thrive, Mark Bertin offers a clear, accessible overview of child development. He makes the important point that a parent’s state of mind powerfully affects the development of the child and presents a wealth of mindfulness-based practices to help both parents and kids.
-Sharon Salzberg, Author of Real Love