Emotionally Healthy Children Don’t Join Gangs

What leads to success in life? One of the most important factors — even more so than intelligence — is emotional health.

Bob Brunson, LMFT, Monterey County Behavioral Health

Bob Brunson, LMFT, Monterey County Behavioral Health

It’s lack of emotional health that leads some kids to join gangs. It’s why many use drugs or become pregnant too young. So says Bob Brunson, a licensed marriage and family therapist who manages the Monterey County Behavioral Health Services Department. In the following interview, Brunson explains the critical importance of raising emotionally healthy children. [Continue reading]

[The article above is an interview with Bob Brunson, Board member of The Children’s Project – How to Raise Emotionally Healthy Children. It was written by Ellen Wrona and appeared in The Salinas Californian]


Emotional-Health-Friendly Cities: What Does That Mean, and How do We Get There!

by Dr. Gerald Newmark, author of How to Raise Emotionally Healthy Children, and co-founder of The Children’s Project

What is an Emotional-Health-Friendly City?

It is a city whose citizens have developed an understanding of how important emotional health is to success in life and how the neglect of emotional health in our homes and schools has jeopardized the future of our children, families and communities.


“Romancing the Road” by Victor Anunez, Guadalajara, Mexico

It is a city whose citizens have adopted five critical emotional needs—respected, important, accepted, included and secure—as a unifying concept around which all elements of the city can rally to create emotionally healthy environments where adults interact with children in emotionally healthy ways.

It is a city that provides its families and individuals, a small book with a big idea, “How to Raise Emotionally Healthy Children” by Gerald Newmark, Ph.D., in which the concepts of the five critical emotional needs first saw the light of day.

It is a city, which in collaboration with The Children’s Project, makes the book available to all individuals at a cost that everyone can afford.

It is a city where all the elements—business, education, civic and community agencies, the at-risk community, the young and old, rich and poor can come together to learn and practice a language of unity in a collaborative attempt to achieve peace and prosperity.

The feeling of being a part of something that has significance beyond one’s self, with strong implications for schools and families, education and cities nationwide, is expected to raise the morale of all participants throughout the city.

Read about Salinas, CA, our first Emotionally Friendly City!

Our book How to Raise Emotionally Healthy Children is available from Amazon in paperback and Kindle ebook in both English and Spanish.

The Children’s Project




Emotionally Healthy Schools, Emotionally Healthy Cities

Babies, toddlers, children, teenagers, parents and grandparents all have the same emotional needs. Meeting these needs in childhood provides the foundation for success in school, work, relationships, marriage and life in general. Failure to meet the emotional needs of our children is one of the most serious and under-recognized problems facing our country.

How to Raise Emotionally Healthy Children, a parenting guide by Gerald Newmark, PhD, shows parents and teachers how to nourish emotional health at home and at school. This book enables parents to recognize and satisfy the critical emotional needs that all children have: to feel respected, to feel important, to feel accepted, to feel included, and to feel secure and, in the process, parents will have their own needs satisfied too.

Through a program called the Salinas Project, the book will now be incorporated into the curriculum of all 12 schools in the Salinas City Elementary School district and given to any interested parent for free. This is part of a larger plan to encompass the entire citizenry of Salinas, including all segments of society: business, education, civic, social, and medical organizations, and the at-risk and gang communities. Through such an effort, emotional health can be sown into the fabric of daily living in Salinas.

The Salinas Project – Emotionally Healthy Cities  (A 9-minute video of Dr. Newmark speaking to residents of Salinas, CA)

(This article originally appeared on CASP’s For Our Future / Para Nuestro Futuro website)

Our book How to Raise Emotionally Healthy Children is available from Amazon in paperback and Kindle ebook in both English and Spanish.