New York Book Festival

Most parents want the best for their child.  But as they soon discover, there are many things standing between that desire and its realization.  That’s why Dr. Mark McKee’s “Raising a Successful Child (The Manual)” is such a welcome respite from the anxiety-ridden tasks of keeping your child on track. In clear, direct language, McKee assures parents that it is possible using a minimum of effort and a maximum of love to raise a well-adjusted child that will grow into a successful adult.

McKee commands the positive middle ground between the so-called “Tiger Mothers” of recent fame and the equally infamous “Helicopter Parents” who hover and meddle. Instead, he advocates a stronger path, one grounded in the tools of reason and awareness.  Using these, you will develop a strong relationship built on trust, emotional stability and confidence.

Bringing over 30 years of clinical experience to the task, McKee outlines a mode that emphasizes bringing consistency, reliability and predictability to bear on the relationship with your child. This is largely a positive guide, one designed for parents whose own emotional maturity and thoughtfulness is high and well-developed.

Instead of focusing on stopping tantrums or other “how-to” questions, the McKee approach calls for  developing a working plan built on understanding.  This warm bath approach is less rigid than many other parenting techniques and keeps its eye firmly on the finish line, nurturing a sense of responsibility while also leaving room for playful interaction.

Parents who stress that they’re not living up to certain imagined ideals put forth in other parenting technique books will welcome Dr. McKee’s approach. In a world where too many outside demands can sometimes pull families apart, the book’s emphasis on carving out quality time together is a message worth heeding.

McKee is clear, concise and cuts right to the point in this book. Unlike so many other manuals, there is less emphasis on academic jargon and more on easily-understood steps toward achieving your parenting goals.  However, the book is footnoted, so those desiring a deeper exploration of the book’s principle thoughts can backtrack and examine the source material.

Think of a concerned friend sitting in your living room telling you about a positive plan of action. That perfectly describes the book’s tone.

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