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  • Backbone

  • How to Build the Character Your Child Needs to Succeed
  • By: Hilary Wilce
  • Narrated by: Julie Maisey
  • Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins

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By: Hilary Wilce
Narrated by: Julie Maisey
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Publisher's Summary

Every parents wants their child to be happy and to do well when they grow up. But what are the qualities they need to make a success of their lives? How can you encourage kindness in your children? And resilience and honesty? And why is having a backbone important for the healthy development of your child?

From babies to teenagers, Backbone: How to Build the Character Your Child Needs to Succeed shows parents the essential steps they need to take. Hilary Wilce describes the six key qualities that every child needs to live a fulfilled and successful life – and shows how every parent can build them in their child. She outlines the research that shows why without a strong and flexible backbone even the highest-achieving child is likely to falter and fail.

Backbone is the single, invaluable guide that every parent needs to read in order to help build a successful life for their child. Hilary Wilce is a former senior editor on The Times Educational Supplement and former education writer and columnist with The Independent. She has written about education for numerous publications, including Good Housekeeping and Mother & Baby Magazine. As well as a writer, she is a personal development coach, working with parents and executives.

©2014 Hilary Wilce (P)2014 Audible Studios

Critic Reviews

"An excellent read for every parent and anyone working with children." (Anne Coates, author of the Parenting Without Tears Series)
“Putting the backbone back into our children…spot on! Why real character trumps ‘self-esteem’, ‘happiness’ and ‘cleverness’ every time. Wise, well-chosen words to help us create an emotionally healthy future generation.” (Oliver James, psychologist and author of Affluenza, Britain on the Couch and How Not To F…Them Up)
“Backbone is a very different sort of child-rearing manual, combining timeless character traits with up-to-date research. It's packed with readable, practical advice that will appeal to fathers as much as mothers.” (Sue Palmer, former school head and author of Toxic Childhood, 21st Century Boys, and 21st Century Girls)

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