NUMBER OF TITLES IN GOOD ANSWERS TO TOUGH QUESTIONS:
24 (13 book titles are currently available)
BASIC PREMISE OF GOOD ANSWERS TO TOUGH QUESTIONS:
Either directly or indirectly, children encounter difficult subjects and situations that can, if not handled properly, have a negative impact that prevent them from becoming responsible. Many parents are not equipped to help children appropriately handle the difficulties they experience.
The purpose of GATQ is to provide honest, unbiased answers to hard questions, and help children, as well as the adults who surround them, turn negative life experiences into positive ones.
The GATQ can also help parents, teachers, and counselors by stimulating therapeutic dialogues, and providing insights that can lead to positive behavior modification.
DEVELOPMENTAL ORGANIZATION OF GOOD ANSWERS TO TOUGH QUESTIONS:
It is recommended that the GOOD ANSWERS TO TOUCH QUESTIONS subjects be presented on an as-needed basis.
GUIDELINES FOR USING GOOD ANSWERS TO TOUGH QUESTIONS:
In order to derive the maximum benefits from the GATQ books it is recommended that adults use the books in the following ways:
Phase One - Adult Resource: The adult reads the books for information, insights, and encouragement.
Phase Two – Adult-Child Activity: The adult reads the books with the child and encourages the child to question or comment on the subject matter.
Phase Three - Independent Activity: The child is encouraged to use the books independently of the adult.
Phase Four - Reference Material: The books are placed in the child’s library along with other resource materials and used whenever specific situations need to be addressed.
DESCRIPTIONS FOR GOOD ANSWERS TO TOUGH QUESTIONS SUBJECTS:
Dependence and Separation discusses dependency and explains how to handle separation anxiety.
First Time Experiences discusses the importance of engaging in new experiences and teaches how to alleviate the “fear of the unknown” that can inhibit the willingness to try new things.
Separation teaches ways to ease the pain of parent/child separations and explains how to turn these separations into opportunities for personal growth.
Pregnancy and Birth explains where babies come from and how their arrival impacts a family.
Divorce defines many of the common terms associated with divorce and teaches what can be done to minimize and overcome the negative effects of divorce.
Stepfamilies discusses the challenges encountered while being part of a stepfamily and shows how these challenges can be turned into opportunities for personal, as well as social, growth.
Moving discusses the discomfort often caused by life changes, such as moving, and teaches how these changes, if processed properly, can have a positive, rather than a negative effect.
Eating Disorders discusses weight problems and how they can be resolved sensibly without succumbing to eating disorders.
Substance Abuse discusses the motivations for using illegal substances, what risks are inherent in using them, and what needs to be done to avoid substance abuse.
Physical Disabilities defines physical disabilities and explains how they can help determine a disabled individual’s uniqueness and special purpose in life.
Blindness defines blindness and explains how it can help determine a blind individual’s uniqueness and special purpose in life.
Deafness defines deafness and explains how it can help determine a deaf individual’s uniqueness and special purpose in life.
Learning Disabilities defines the causes and effects of the most common learning disabilities and teaches how to cope with, and possibly overcome, a learning disability.
Mental Illness defines the most common mental illnesses as well as the treatments for them and teaches how to relate to people who are mentally ill.
Serious Illness discusses life-threatening illnesses children are likely to encounter, either directly or indirectly, and discusses how to handle a personal terminal illness as well as the terminal illness of another person.
Trauma distinguishes the difference between self-inflicted trauma and no-fault trauma and teaches how to handle both so that they can lead to positive outcomes.
Abuse and Neglect defines what constitutes abuse and neglect and explains what children can do when they or others are being abused or neglected.
Sexual Abuse defines sexual abuse and explains how it can be avoided or how it can be handled if it should occur.
Kidnapping explains how kidnapping can occur and explains how it can be avoided or how it can be handled if it should occur.
Disasters discusses both natural and manmade disasters and teaches how to prepare for and respond to specific disasters.
War explains the causes and results of war and what one can do to become a survivor.
Loss discusses the difficult effects of losing a special something or someone and teaches how to overcome and grow beyond the devastation of a crucial loss.
Death defines the most common terms and rituals associated with death and discusses the spectrum of beliefs about dying, death, and life after death.