Children and Adults, Not so Different

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Author’s new book demonstrates importance of family connections on adulthood

Janice Reed Cobb
Without a strong family foundation, many do not reach their full potential as adults.

Do experiences and people from your childhood influence your behavior or personality as an adult? Janice Cobb would say, “Yes, many events and memories from childhood are foundations for who we become as adults.” In her new book, "A Perfect Dwelling Place", Cobb has fictionalized a collection of stories her mother shared in her final years.

“I wrote the book not only to keep her memory and teachings alive, but to help others to see that the strongest impressions are made through family structure and bonding,” Cobb says. “Without a strong family foundation, many do not reach their full potential as adults. We can’t let those important morals and narratives die with our relatives. They are our lifelines to our personal histories and future success.”

Looking back at her educational experience working with children in the classroom, Cobb believes every student would fare better with continuous and positive family connections. Research done by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows that children and adolescents are less likely to engage in at-risk behaviors when there are healthy ties to one’s family. "A Perfect Dwelling Place" is meant to demonstrate to other families that they can document their histories in a very real way. Also, "A Perfect Dwelling Place" clearly illustrates that learning is an ongoing process as a child grows and develops.

The book now serves as historical documentation for Cobb and future generations of her family. Through her mother’s narrative, Cobb looks back positively and fondly on shared moments of her life that were especially dramatic. In the book, the reader experiences the impact of war, rampant diseases, racial tensions, and economic hardships on a child and her family. In reflection, the main character and her daughter discover how one’s circle of influence drastically affects who they become as adults.

About the Author:
Janice Cobb, born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Memphis. Cobb taught in the Memphis City Schools CLUE program and became the consultant for gifted education at the Tennessee State Department of Education. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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