A message from: Miriam Williams Wilson, President
I founded Rocky River Publishers in 1987 with the dream of producing high-quality books that would delight, educate, and help children cope with the challenges they face from infancy to adulthood. Rocky River Publishers LLC's books deal with the issues of stress, self-esteem, substance abuse prevention, and a wide variety of other battles that young people may face.
I am delighted now—30 years later—that Rocky River Publishers LLC's books are being used in over 1000 schools, and in homes, libraries, offices, and hospitals across the United States and Canada. Independent researchers, doctors, social workers, teachers, and students have written or called to tell us how much they use and love our books and to praise the effectiveness of our drug-use prevention and tobacco-use prevention curricula in their classrooms. I am very proud of my authors and artists.
Dr. Richard Nies, who died in 1984, played a pivotal role in my life and inspired my company's focus. He completed a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from U.C.L.A (where he later taught) and received a post- doctoral diploma in Clinical Psychology there as well. I had the great privilege of being one of his students while studying towards becoming an R.N. in California.
Dr. Richard Nies was a man of integrity. From one of his associates, I learned that when Dr. Nies had free time he visited local nursing homes in the area where he lived. He asked the attendants if they had patients who never received visitors, and he spent time with them first. I have never forgotten his intensity, intellectual curiosity, and kindness. Dr. Nies felt it is especially important that we help children learn decision-making skills, and he believed that a child's future depended on his or her daily decisions. He believed that poor decision-making was a major cause of stress in children.
Dr. Nies emphasized that we often demand certain types of behavior from a child, but we do not equip him or her to understand why. The sixth chapter of my book Stress Stoppers frames some of the questions that were central to Dr. Nies's teaching, such as: What are barriers to good decision making? How do our feelings and emotions interact? How can a child tell between right or wrong? How do we help a child deal with anger? I try to bring Dr. Nies's empathetic spirit into every book our company produces.
Thank you for visiting Rocky River Publishers, LLC's website. Best wishes to you dear readers and all those children whose lives you touch.
Miriam Williams Wilson,
Rocky River Publishers LLC
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