Could Do Better: Why Children Underachieve and What to Do About It
Could Do Better: Why Children Underachieve and What to Do About It
Harvey P Mandel

Could Do Better: Why Children Underachieve and What to Do About It


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I know my son is bright. . . . why doesn't he care about school? Why is he so lazy and unmotivated?

My daughter is . . . so unmotivated. How can I make her want to do better?

In this lifesaving, groundbreaking book, Drs. Mandel and Marcus, clinical psychologists with more than 25 years' experience working with underachievers, show that these children are, in fact, highly motivatedin directions other than schoolwork. The key to helping underachievers reach their full potential lies in discovering their real motivation and redirecting it.

But first, say the authors, you must abandon conventional wisdom; underachievers are not all alike. Could Do Better identifies six major underachieving personalities and includes step-by-step programs tailored to help each. Learn how to recognize which kind of underachiever your child isthe procrastinating Coaster, the distracted Identity-Searcher, the manipulative Wheeler-Dealer are just a few of the most recognizable personalitiesand discover what's really going on inside his or her mind. The information is revealing, the expectations realistic. Useful parent checklists are included in each section, along with practical guidelines for when you can hope to see change, and illuminating profiles of the six personalities as adults should the underachieving continue unchecked. Could Do Better also addresses the specific underachievement problems of gifted and learning disabled children.

A breakthrough approach to helping children realize their full potential, Could Do Better speaks urgently to the millions of parents deeply concerned about how to prepare their child for a competitive, achievement-oriented world, as well as to everyone who works with underachievers.

IS ONE OF THESE UNDERACHIEVERS YOUR CHILD?

COASTERS: the ultimate procrastinators, usually described as easy-going and unmotivated, the most common type of underachiever

ANXIOUS UNDERACHIEVERS: want to do better but are too tense and uptight to work effectively

IDENTITY-SEARCHERS: so wrapped up in figuring out who they are that they become distracted from schoolwork

WHEELER-DEALERS: impulsive and manipulative, so intent on instant gratification that they see no point in doing well in school

SAD UNDERACHIEVERS: their depressed mood and low self-esteem rob them of the energy they need for schoolwork

DEFIANT UNDERACHIEVERS: underachieve as an act of rebellion

Help redirect your child's motivation. Could Do Better offers a revolutionary new approach conceived by leading authorities in the field. Their step-by-step techniques show you how to put your child back on the achievement track.

PRAISE FOR THE AUTHORS' PREVIOUS BOOK

Thought-provoking, practical information.
Marianne M. O'Hare,Drew University

Particularly excellent and detailed remediation procedures.... Mandel and Marcus are to be applauded.
Dr. Jane H. Hamacher in The Ontario Psychologist


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