- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Vermilion (2 July 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0091923859
- ISBN-13: 978-0091923853
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Divas & Dictators: The Secrets to Having a Much Better Behaved Child Paperback – 2 Jul 2009
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"Charlie's strategies for improving your child's behaviour are a genuine phenomenon, they work brilliantly" (Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall)
"When your nerves are shredded and you've run out of ideas reach for Charlie Taylor. His calm, practical, well-informed parenting tips will talk you down off the ceiling" (The Sun)
"A warm-hearted and convincing parenting manual" (Telegraph Weekend)
From supermarket tantrums to insufferable car journeys, Charlie Taylor gives stressed out parents easy-to-follow steps to having a much better behaved childSee all Product Description
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Charlie Taylor writes with humour. He doesn't suggest that monsters turn into angels overnight (after all, growing up takes a long time) - but gives practical advice and ideas on improving behaviour that, if followed and stuck to, will work.
He has three children and is headmaster of a school for excluded children, so the book is written not as theory, but from his own experience.
I wanted a book from an 'expert', but one who has his feet firmly planted on the ground floor - and the up front admission from Charlie Taylor that his own kids play up too was very reassuring!
The premise of this book is that you can change behaviour - but it won't happen overnight. It is better to target one behavour at a time, change that, and then try something else - so reward charts where you are trying to change six things at once are not going to work!
How often have you sat back and realised that all you have done all day is tell your child off? Yes, me too....but Charlie Taylor suggests that if you praise your child six times for every one time that you tell them off, you can change negative behaviours. It is really hard to do when you are used to starting every other sentence with 'DON'T...' but it does work!
This book is full of practical, doable suggestions, from the 'pebble jar' to tips on getting your kids to behave on car journeys.
Our house used to be a dictatorship with the 3 year old in charge.....we are slowly, steadily, approaching a democracy. This book gave me the confidence to know that I could bring about change - but that it had to come from us as parents first.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was ok, some concepts very effective but was not wowed by it, worth a read though.Published 1 month ago by Sonja
This is the best book I have read on parenting. It is written in a fashion that keeps your attention, with all sorts of practical advice. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rich Feynman
This is a really useful and helpful book. Buy it you won't regret it. It gave lots of good ideas.Published 1 month ago by Mrs Alison Beattie
Brilliant book 😊 for a bit older than my 18 month old but good to know how to tackle upcoming problemsPublished 5 months ago by katerina spathas
This book has been very helpful when dealing with my 3 year old behaviour challenges!
I really recommend this book to all parents. Read more
Brilliant strategies and advice. My two year old was so receptive up the changes we made and became so much better behaved! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Lambchop
This is an excellent book, written with real insight, common sense and good humour. I wouldn't say it is a 'magic bullet' that will solve all your parenting problems, but I'm not... Read morePublished 8 months ago by HOLDEN CAULFIELD FAN
Excellent book, really helpful tips, advice and strategies for coping with behvaviour problems.Published 10 months ago by NLM