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Happy Kids: The Secrets to Raising Well-Behaved, Contented Children [Paperback]

Cathy Glass
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7 Jan 2010

A fresh and practical guide to successfully managing children’s behaviour – from babies to young adults.

Cathy Glass has been a foster carer for over 20 years, during this time fostering more than 50 children, as well as bringing up three of own. Many of these children have had severe behavioural difficulties and have come to Cathy as a last resort, when their parents or carers were no longer able to cope.

Drawing on a combination of years of training and extensive personal experience, in this comprehensive guide, Cathy passes on her tried and tested methods for guiding, nurturing and disciplining children.

Approaching child development chronologically, this book guides you through Cathy's incredibly simple and effective 3Rs technique: Request, Repeat and Reassure.

Within this framework, Cathy addresses a host of childcare issues, including, amongst others, why children misbehave and what parents can do to the change this, how diet can affect children's behaviour, what parents can do to avoid sibling rivalry, and how to spot and address the behavioural symptoms of special needs such as dyslexia, autism, ADHD and bipolar.

Applicable to all age groups - from newborn babies to young adults - Happy Kids is a clear and concise guide to raising confident, well-behaved and happy children.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (7 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007339259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007339259
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 13.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I live in England and have three children, two birth children and one adopted. When I left school I held a clerical position in the civil service, which I left to start a family. At the same time I became a foster carer, which is the inspiration for much of my writing. I have been a foster carer for over twenty-five years and am what's known as a specialist foster carer, sometimes referred to as a level 3 carer. This is in recognition of my experience and qualifications and means that I am often asked to look after children with complex needs or very challenging behaviour. I have a degree in education and psychology which I was awarded as a mature student.

I have always been a writer - from when I was at school, with poems in the school magazine. In my teens I began writing short stories, articles, a few radio plays, and entering writing competitions. Like many writers it was a hobby - something I did almost furtively in my spare time, while working, and then later fostering and looking after my family. The two halves of my life - writer and foster carer - came together in 2007 when I wrote about a child I'd fostered and the book immediately became a number one best seller. Since then there have been many bestsellers, thanks to you. I really appreciate all your support and best wishes. Cathy xxx

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Cathy has been a foster carer for over 20 years, during which time she has looked after more than 70 children, of all ages and backgrounds. Cathy runs training courses on fostering for her local Social Services, and helps draft new fostering procedures and guidelines. She has three teenage children of her own; one of whom was adopted after a long-term foster placement. The name Cathy Glass is a pseudonym.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Kids 27 May 2010
This is yet another fantastic book by the very experienced Cathy Glass. The book is very easy to read, follow and has a great quick reference guide too.

I honestly think this book is a must for all people involved in looking after children should it be your own or children you look after in whatever capacitiy.

I now apply the 3R's to my own children and children I care for and can honestly verify that Cathy's 3R technique does work whatever the childrens age or behaviour problem. I am sure it will work for you too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading 11 Jan 2010
By Bill
This is the book I have been hoping Cathy Glass would write so others can benefit from her wide experience in looking after and raising children. I have read many of her other books and this new one is in the same clear and easy to read style that she is noted for. Although there are many books on raising children it is refreshing to find one of such practical use with a clearly explained technique that really works and can be used by all parents. I think many behavioural problems would be avoided completely or resolved at an early stage before becoming more serious problems if this book is widely read and the 3Rs system she explains is used. An excellent book and one that deserves to be yet another best seller from this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good sound advice 3 Mar 2011
This is the first book by Cathy Glass that I have read. Being a busy mum I often question the approach I have with my children. Discipline is important but it is not always obvious what the best approach is. I really like the calm approach Cathy advises we take. She stresses that shouting or losing our cool will not work in the long run. While we all know that, it is very useful to be reminded and hopefully we can remember this when we can feel our patience growing thin.
I also really liked being reminded to praise more than to criticize. Once again we get so caught up in daily life and busy running of the house that we forget to enjoy our children and praise them. Cathy reminds us to congratulate and reward our children as well and that this is important.
I think the chapter I liked best was the one on Difficult Children. In it Cathy states some of the way children can overstep the mark and take over. As a busy parent and former single mum, I have often found myself overwhelmed and it has been easier to let some things drift. Unfortunately over time I have "forgotten" what is the appropriate attitude and what is not. Cathy's clear description of the different things children should not be doing was really helpful and helped me a lot.
I think this is a book to read once and then keep as a reference as children change and the way we interract with them evolves. It is a sort of reference book that can help us for many years. Thank you for that.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Commonsense Advice 10 Jan 2010
By Robert
Happy Kids is a compendium of common sense advice on how to bring up children to be well-behaved and happy using Cathy Glass's 3 Rs technique. The author has written in a clear style with wit and humour. The advice is drawn from years of experience of bringing up children both her own and ones she has fostered. Some of the foster children had serious behavioural problems when they came to her and the book has a chapter devoted to turning around these problem children. Although Cathy Glass has written the book from her personal experience I am sure that a lot of research also went into the writing. Happy Kids is thoroughly recommended for anyone who has responsibility for children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars sensible tips 25 Nov 2012
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was interested in reading this as i have great respect for cathy glass having enjoyed many of her books, but unfortunately didn't get chance to read much of it as it was (borrowed) by my teacher daughter! i did get to read about the 3 r's though and have put this into practise with my 4 year old grandson to good effect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Here's the manuel everyone has been looking for! 16 Sep 2012
They say there is no manuel to parenting...well this is it from birth to adult- the instruction manuel for happy, confident well behaved children who grow into well informed, sensible, confident adults!
Anyone responsible for children needs to own this book!
Nursery workers
Foster carers
care workers
ANYONE who comes into contact with kids!

This is my own personal view - anyone who does not learn from this book or disagrees with the majority of it should really consider thier own issues and views to parenting....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Kids and Happy Adults 17 April 2012
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As a foster carer I am a devoted fan of Cathy Glass. I have used her books as a guide and she has been a great teacher. I have learned from her more than any other person in this field of work. In Happy Adults she has guided me through a more rewarding and furitful life and have helped me realise my own self worth and my own right to happiness. All her books, including Happy Adults, are easy to read and easy to understand and free of jargon - right to the point and fluent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars None 14 Mar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a very good book,with excellant advice and tips.I have a 11yr old daughter with attuidue and spend a lot time in battles.thank you Cathy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book so helpful
Published 1 day ago by Lorraine Bryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Item great, very pleased thank youdvc
Published 17 days ago by Allan Tisdale
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit patronising but some helpful ideas In here
I did find some of this rather patronising,but I suppose what seems obvious to one parent might not to another. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Stressedmum
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book.
Cathy understands the needs of children and their need for firm boundaries to keep safe and happy. This is a good book to have in your bookcase and refer to to affirm your own... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Roop
4.0 out of 5 stars well written
This is a parenting book and it teaches good discipline methods. Iam familar with this author and she recommended this book to me a while ago. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mummyof2
5.0 out of 5 stars A revelation!
It all seems so straightforward when clearly explained by Cathy Glass!
Already I've started the 3R's and have felt much more in control of both myself and my 2 year old... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Cat71
5.0 out of 5 stars happy kids
Very helpful as a foster parent myself recommend it to many others another fab read from Cathy Glass well done
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, practical and innovative. Will be trying the 3 Rd with my...
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The practical advice is priceless and will work for all ages. Well done Cathy
Published 11 months ago by Marlene Dunn
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent...reinforces what I instinctively do.
A well written guide to managing behaviour in children from 0~25+ and aimed at anyone who has contact with children from parents to teachers and family friends. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Lorraine
4.0 out of 5 stars Help for Parents
I purchased this as a gift for a friend of mine whose first baby is about 9 months old.

I had a brief look inside and it seemded to be helpful. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mrs C
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