Carol Clifton’s new book Unstumped!

“I’m bored!” tops the list of dreaded phrases parents are likely to hear this summer with “Are we there yet?” coming in a close second. But what if there was a way for elementary school aged children to creatively brainstorm their own ideas of what they wanted to do this summer so that their parents and caregivers did not have to constantly try to entertain them? Carol Clifton, Ph.D., describes this exact process in her new book, Unstumped! Think Through and Solve Almost Any Problem.

Unstumped! (PRNewsfoto/Carol Clifton)

Written for eight- to ten-year-olds, Unstumped! tells the story of twins Josie and Josh who learn how to use a decision tree to make better decisions. Clifton, who has worked with children in her career as a psychologist, can talk about:

  • How parents can encourage their children to use a decision tree to plan summer activities.
  • Ways using a decision tree can encourage young children to think with greater maturity than their developmental ages.
  • How a decision tree can help parents reduce sibling rivalry during the summer when siblings spend more time together.

Praise for Unstumped!

“An entertaining and creative way to teach decision skills.”  — Michaele Dunlap, PsyD.

We all get stumped. Dr. Clifton has provided an easy, fun way to get Unstumped!  Pick up this book and both you and your children will be glad you did.” —  Steve Stephens, Ph.D., author of 20 Rules and Tools for a Great Family and 20 other books

Credentials: Carol Clifton is a licensed psychologist in the Portland, Ore.-area. She has been treating trauma, depression, anxiety and working with couples for 30 years. She is the author of Unstumped! Think Through and Solve Almost Any Problem, an easy reader for young children. A book for adults, Escape the Control Trap: The Secret to Serenity in Relationships, is planned in the fall. Prior to becoming a psychologist, Clifton worked in magazine publishing and public relations with the National Safety Council, and in book publishing and advertising with NavPress. While at NavPress, she began working at a half-way house for troubled teens as a volunteer and then as a staff person.