Goodell & Garrett
TLC for Frazzled Kids
Book Review by Author/Illustrator Ross Anthony

Disclosure: I bumped into Nancy Goodell a year or two ago at a booksigning of mine. We had a wonderful discussion, though I don't recall the specifics. Recently, she invited me to the book release party of her first book: TLC FOR FRAZZLED KIDS.

Nancy is sweet and intelligent, and you could just tell that she can be firm -- exactly the kind of teacher most of us would have loved to have been taught by. In her book, she's consolidated and collected the lessons she's learned while working with disadvantaged or otherwise special needs kids. That said, these methods certainly could be generalized to all kids.

I read her book from the standpoint of an educator who's also worked with many types of kids (including at-risk teens). But I think new parents would also gain valuable insight from this little, very approachable book. Goodell & Garrett write in a simple straightforward, uncomplicated fashion. At barely 100 pages, the text is large and generously spaced, and accented pleasantly by the old-style breezy illustrations of Gasper Vaccaro.

Improvements? While I enjoyed Nancy's background and how it came to be that she was forced to figure out such methods in Part I, I do think the book could have been reorganized so that the actual methods aren't held up so far back. Also, the last chapter on "Calming Strategies" is something I don't even recall being taught in my Masters of Ed program, so I greatly appreciate it here. However, I found this chapter in need of editing to avoid redundancies.

Winning points? The chapter on "I messages" is dead on. Why don't we teach this kind of stuff at every level? I can also back Goodell's emphasis on tough love and disciplined consistency on the part of teachers and parents.

Thanks Nancy for being a great teacher and for passing on these precious lessons learned.

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