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Divas & Dictators: The Secrets to Having a Much Better Behaved Child [Paperback]

Charlie Taylor
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2 July 2009

Supermarket tantrums? Insufferable car journeys? Sibling in-fighting? Bedtimes that last hours?

Sound familiar?

Behavioural expert Charlie Taylor has the answers in this practical handbook which is full of simple, effective techniques for improving your child's behaviour.

Focusing predominately on the under-fives, Charlie Taylor's straight-talking, no-nonsense approach guides you away from knee-jerk parenting towards a more proactive and positive relationship with your child. With particular emphasis on the power of praise - the basis of his acclaimed 6:1 strategy - and planning in advance for behaviour hotspots, every parent can break the miserable pattern of constant confrontation and repetitive nagging.

With the insights and methods of Divas and Dictators, including a handy Troubleshooter's Guide, every household with young children can quickly transform from havoc to harmony.

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  • 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 (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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From supermarket tantrums to insufferable car journeys, Charlie Taylor gives stressed out parents easy-to-follow steps to having a much better behaved child

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Have children under 6 years old? Buy this book! 30 July 2009
The thing I liked the most about the author is that he almost immediately admits his children can annoy him. Thank God, he must be the first child behaviour/rearing expert that actually admits how irritating children can be. I was hooked - I adore my child but I'm not blind to her occasionally appalling behaviour either. Sensible, do-able and effective advice for dealing with bad behaviour. I have been trying the 6:1 praise:criticism thing - he's right, I did feel a bit self-conscious at first but I'm in the swing of it now and I have to say, it's working. This book should be by the bedside of every parent of children under 6.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A present for your daughters - in - law 6 Aug 2009
Grandmothers are reluctant to give advice to sons and daughters-in-law on how to bring up their children, but they can give this book without giving offence.
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very reassuring 3 Oct 2009
This is a great book, I am constantly recommending it when I am talking to friends about our kids and what they are up to. There are some really simple solutions to changing behaviour and they work.

It's so reassuring to find that you aren't the only one with difficulties and actually your kids aren't that bad at all.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grandmothers, this could be your salvation! 1 Aug 2009
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There are so many self help books out there that don't help at all. This one really does. Written by someone who knows and understands the frustrations of bringing up children when they are being difficult and disobedient and you are feeling tired and cross, he gives very careful and explicit advice on how to make the child behave. He gives clear examples of family situations when parents are not coping and of how he helps them to change the child's behaviour. Charlie Taylor is the head teacher at a special school for children with behavioural problems so his advice is based on experience. Every mother who has ever bribed her child with sweets in Tescos really needs this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Divas and Dictators 9 Oct 2009
I gave this book to my daughter to assist with her two very boistrous and demanding little girls (one of 4 and one of 2). She has thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and found situations that are very similar to her own. She has put a few ideas into pactice and they have worked!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this book after realising that our 3 year old daughter ruled the roost (yes, we have a 'diva' in our house!). We had got to the stage where we dreaded the weekends as, instead of being time when we could enjoy being together as a family, it was fraught with tantrums, turmoil and tears!

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some good tips here. 21 Aug 2011
We thought, being experienced parents we knew all the tricks in the book...but our youngest isn't reading from the same book!! Pre-school recommeded this one to us and we have found it very helpful and the advice is sensible. The examples used cover many of the issues that we are having and we are working through some of them. So far,the summer has been better than expected and I think that is down to using some of the methods in this book.
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I have a 2 year old with a very strong will (takes after her parents!) and it was becoming a battle to get out of the house in the mornings, let alone anything more challenging like going shopping. The advise in this book is very simple but very effective. It doesn't preach or patronise but gives examples of situations and how to change the end result. I have read a number of parenting books, albeit mostly aimed at toddlers, and this is the first one that has talked about the importance of praise (the 6:1 technique). Instead of feeling as though I am forever nagging my daughter, I now am able to hit her with the encouragement to continue with the acceptable behaviour before she even thinks about the unacceptable. In literally a week, I have a happier house!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing life saving book
Had an awful weekend with my daughter. Huge tantrums one after the other. One of them happened in a superstore. I was mortified and ended up in tears. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Katiewinehouse
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
I bought this book after having a tough few weeks with my three year old son. It offers down to earth, practical advice an is written in a way that is easy to understand! Read more
Published 8 months ago by claire Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars made me feel better about my parenting skills
This book was recommended to me by my manager in the behaviour unit I work in. I have heard of Charlie Taylor as the government tsar on behaviour but did not think his ideas would... Read more
Published 8 months ago by FEAA
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Common Sense Book
I purchased this book when my nearly 5 year old son was becoming quite a handful not doing anything we asked and generally misbehaving. Read more
Published 18 months ago by K Massey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
No nonsense, easy to read. Reminder to all parents what we should know and do but often forget as well as some practical things you can actually do! Read more
Published 23 months ago by Izzywhizzyh
5.0 out of 5 stars Works wonderfully
I bought several books looking for help with my very strong willed 2 y/o, who is the sweetest thing but can be quite determined some times. Read more
Published 23 months ago by MumToBe
5.0 out of 5 stars if you have toddlers, get this book, NOW
I was given this book, when my child was under a year old, at the time not very relevant. I have re-read the book, now that my child is 3 years old, and it has utterly essential. Read more
Published on 1 Nov 2011 by Nut602
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - sensible advice that really works!!
Easy to read & full of real examples. Very straight forward, easy to follow advice. We have been following the 6:1 praise ratio theory for the last few weeks, and have noticed... Read more
Published on 9 July 2011 by MickH
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend to all parents!
I would highly recommend this book as it is concise, practical (contains many case studies) and covers all the main areas. Read more
Published on 21 Feb 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab!
Works like a dream, seems simple when you read it but it does actually work! Helped dramatically with my 4 year old daughter, we had gotten into a cycle of her moaning whining and... Read more
Published on 18 Oct 2010 by Diserb
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