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Confident Parents, Confident Kids


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CONTENTSIntroductionPart One: Understanding Your InstrumentChapter One: The Jam Band: Two Truths and One Lie About EmotionsChapter Two: Melodic Themes: Better Understanding your Child's Emotional ReflexesChapter Three: Instrument Lessons: Methods for Building Social and Emotional Skills at HomePart Two: Understanding your Child: Playing by Age and StageChapter Four: Rattles and Drums: 0- to 3-Year-OldsChapter Five: Bass: 4- to 7-Year-OldsChapter Six: Guitar: 8- to 12-Year-OldsChapter Seven: Horns: 13- to 17-Year-OldsPart Three: Understanding your Own Inner MusicianChapter Eight: Self-Expression: Patterns, First Aid, Care and Maintenance, and Tone Tuning

About the Author

Jennifer S. Miller, MEd, is the founder of the site Confident Parents, Confident Kids ( and has twenty years of experience working with parents, educators, and other adults to help them become more effective with children through social and emotional learning. She is a regular expert contributor to the NBC Education Nation's Parent Toolkit and has contributed articles or interviews to popular publications such as The Washington Post, Parent Magazine, The Huffington Post, and more. Jennifer earned her masters degree in education with a focus on social and emotional development from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She lives with her husband and son in Columbus, Ohio.


"Jennifer Miller is a world-class expert in how to parent effectively. This book is very informative, and I encourage parents to read and re-read over the years as your children grow up. Jennifer provides perspectives and practical strategies that will make parenting experiences more enjoyable. They will also help parents to raise happy, caring, responsible, and successful children."
- Roger Weissberg, Leading Scientist in Childrena s Social and Emotional Development
"We need parents who use their powerful influence to advance kids' readiness for our global community. With that in mind, I have advocated for and supported social and emotional learning as fundamental to children's success. Jennifer Miller's book is an essential guide for helping parents hone their own social and emotional skills while helping their children do the same."
- Tim Ryan, United States Congressman and author of A Mindful Nation and The Real Food Revolution
"With a solid tie to research, this book makes gaining confidence in parenting highly accessible and offers a million small ways parents can promote their children's success. Where was this book when I was a new parent?" - Michele Borba, Ed.D., author of UnSelfie and The Big Book of Parenting Solutions

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