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How Parents Can Raise Resilient Children: Preparing Your Child for the Real Tough World of Adulthood by Instilling Them With Principles of Love, Self-Discipline, and Independent Thinking Paperback – March 31, 2020
The theme of a popular TV show from the 2000’s perfectly captures that spirit of our modern society.
It IS a jungle out there, where the strongest members prey on the weak-minded. It’s a jungle where you need resilience, mental toughness and coping skills in order to survive and thrive. It’s a jungle that your children have to conquer.
No, this is not your ordinary self help, positive parenting, or child psychology book.
your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now,
where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.
My name is Frank Dixon,
and I’m the author of the Best Parenting Books series. I grew up in
Newton, Massachusetts, I’ve moved around all throughout Boston, but I’m
currently back in my hometown where I grew up. After I completed high school, I
joined the Army National Guard, and after serving for several years, I
completed trade school for computer support, and my daughter was born in 2011.
Since then, I have been working and writing. In my downtime, I enjoy spending
time with my daughter, reading, writing, hiking, playing sports, swimming, and
listening to comedy. For the most part, I’m a homebody; much of my family and
friends live around me, so I’m quite content.
inspired you to author this book?
Growing up, I felt
trapped. I experienced first-hand cheating, lying, secrets, and manipulation
regularly as a child which had a lasting impact on me that was quite
challenging to cope with. I felt entirely powerless as just a child standing in
the face of injustice, always living under what felt like a double-edged sword
of conditional love, and watching my family unravel.
While my peers were having a fun and worry-free childhood, I had surrendered
myself to guilt, shame, depression, and anxiety. Millions of adults never
recover from their painful childhood and, as new parents, pass on their fears,
insecurities, and problematic behaviors to their children. It’s a vicious
cycle, and I refused to let my childhood define me and crush me. I made a point
to channel negativity, pain, and suffering from my childhood experiences to
illuminate a positive future for myself and others. Overcoming my rough
upbringing was the hardest thing I had to do. However, it taught me a lesson. I
became the person I am today, not despite my childhood, but because of my
childhood. That’s why I decided to share my experience and knowledge with new
parents who want to avoid the same mistakes, who want their kids to succeed in
life, who want to build stronger, happier, healthier families to give their
child the best chance to grow into successful and thriving adults in an
increasingly tough and challenging adult world.
did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?
At the core of what I
believe good and positive parenting is, it comes down to love and empathy
toward ourselves and others. With that comes strength, will-power and
resilience, and an abundance of other positive traits. It is important to me
that my book cover expresses the essence of what I want to convey to my readers
when they see my book cover, and I feel that message is captured well.
has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?
I am thankful to have
many great influencers in my life. I have always had a love for short stories,
and some of my favorites were by Flannery O’Connor. She is a huge inspiration
when it comes to impactful writing that really made me challenge my own
thoughts and beliefs. Those I consider to be the most significant and
influential are my daughter, extended family, and close friends who are much
like family to me. My daughter has had a tremendously positive impact on me and
reinforced that I have an important purpose in the world from the moment she
was born. Because of her, I began to think on a much deeper level of what my
purpose is in life besides for just providing for her. What I and each of us
parents or otherwise can do in our lifetime to pass on to future generations to
leave a positive and lasting impact for humanity.
were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?
Writing and the way I
organize complex thoughts and ideas into making something simple and easy to
understand comes to me fairly naturally. I’ve had that ability since I was a
child, but I didn’t realize until I reached adulthood how I wanted to utilize
it to my fullest potential. I have always had an abundance of thoughts, and
choosing where I invest my time in terms of what I want to think about, focus
on, and what to use that information for has been my greatest challenge. For
many years it was endless notes, thoughts, and ideas written down. When I
realized what I wanted to do is help as many parents as possible, everything
my books published at first, there was a bit of a learning curve and some
setbacks, but I’ve since gotten the hang of it. The biggest struggle I have now
is picking what topics I feel are most important and helpful to parents. It’s
for this reason I’ve published a series of books to cover a wide range of
important topics. However, I’ve been getting very positive feedback to continue
writing and publishing on a variety of important parenting topics.
“How Parents Can Raise Resilient Children: Preparing Your Child for the Real
Tough World of Adulthood by Instilling Them With Principles of Love,
Self-Discipline, and Independent Thinking,” parents will learn how to help
their child cope with uncertainties from failure and grief, to becoming more
confident and to be resilient during tough times. This book covers the “seven
Cs of resilience” to raise children as mentally-tough and creative beings. The
book also explains the dangers of comparisons, the connection between
creativity and resiliency, and how to foster creativity. Also covered are the
various types of parenting styles and explain which method is most beneficial
in relation to discipline versus punishment. This book covers empathy and the
relation between learning and making mistakes, and examples are supplied
throughout the book with actionable tips that can be implemented for an
effective and positive parenting experience.
is your target audience, and why?
These books are
helpful for any family member to understand child and human behavior better;
however, it’s most beneficial to new and experienced parents and guardians who
want to either improve their parenting skills or consider supplemental
strategies to raise happy, healthy, and successful children that thrive as
do you consider your greatest success in life?
My daughter is by far
my greatest success and blessing in my life. She has given me purpose,
happiness, and meaning in life.
one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?
With the Best
Parenting Books series, I have many different books on various subjects
that new and experienced parents, guardians or family members can benefit from.
I designed the Best Parenting Books series keeping in mind that I wanted
to make my books fluff-free, easy-to-read with simple, actionable advice, and
proven parenting strategies backed by research. This leads to an overall better
parenting experience, an effective and functional family with kids that grow up
to become successful and flourishing adults.