Raising Thinking Children and Teens
Guiding Mental and Moral Development
by Angela Browne-Miller
June 2009, 204pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-313-35876-0
$55, £43, 48€, A76
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It is our responsibility as parents, educators, taxpayers, and policymakers to raise thinking children and teens, to effectively guide their mental and moral development, to teach them to think for themselves, and to help them know what thinking means. Just how do we do that?

In her newest book—written for both lay and professional people in all walks of life and cultures—author, lecturer, educator, Angela Browne-Miller presents a set of tools and awarenesses adults can apply to raising and teaching children and teens.

Full of daily life advice, as well as profound ideas for changing the way we think about learning, Raising Thinking Children and Teens: Guiding Mental and Moral Development takes readers into the thinking processes of young people and shows how to reach them, to help them, to empower them.

“Moral intelligence” is key, and Angela Browne-Miller explains how to guide young people in developing it. She likewise explores human potential and ways to raise thinking children who will maximize theirs. Examining both the folklore and the scientific debates about intelligence, she shows the danger of mislabeling and how to watch for and prevent labeling at school, in the home, and in society in general. The book also treats topics such as the quality of care and safety in school and preschool settings, effects of the physical environment on learning, the role of organization in thinking, childhood stress and hypochondria, child abuse outside the home, and family violence.


  • Photographs and drawings
  • Tables
Angela Browne-Miller, PhD, DSW, MPH, is the set editor of The Praeger International Collection on Addictions; director of Metaxis Institute for Personal, Social, and Systems Change based in northern California; and director of Browne and Associates Violence, Substance Abuse, and Trauma Treatment and Prevention Program, also in northern California. Browne-Miller has been a keynote speaker at conferences around the world on addiction, violence, and behavior change. She is the author of numerous books, including the Praeger titles To Have and to Hurt: Seeing, Changing or Escaping Patterns of Abuse in Relationships (2007) and Overcoming Problem Habits and Addictions: Rewiring Your Brain to Change Your Behavior (2009). Dr. Browne-Miller is an internationally recognized expert in: issues across the lifespan including childhood, adolescence, college years, parenting, midlife, and aging; abuses, violences, traumas, and addictions affecting persons of all ages; and, adaptation, learning and performance in all stages of life.


"Written for both lay and professional people who raise and teach children, this guide offers practical advice for instilling critical thinking skills in children and teens. Browne-Miller, a noted author and expert on addiction, behavior and violence, offers tips on how to reach, help and empower children in the face of such obstacles as stress, hypochondria, abuse and even family violence. She also addresses the folklore and scientific debates about intelligence and emphasizes the need to develop morals in order to maximize human potential."—Reference & Research Book News, August 1, 2009

". . . this is a book not for academic readers but rather for first-time or youthful parents in need of grandma's homespun advice. Summing Up: Recommended."—Choice, January 1, 2010
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