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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher (27 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399160590
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399160592
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amy McCready is the founder of Positive Parenting Solutions and reaches a worldwide audience with her online parenting course.

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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By R. Langley on 20 Aug 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
the content of this book is excellent and well worth reading. however, as it is written to provide a 'toolbox' of parenting tips it is very frustrating that the page links in the text don't work and the index has no links to the text. there is a summary of situations you face with your child but you can't jump to any of the sections it points to as it still gives page numbers which are for print not kindle. if i pay lots for a kindle book i would like the device or the tagging to have enabled the full use of the book. buy this book in print as it is almost unusable in the kindle. when will amazon and publishers take the care to ensure structured content works for this format?
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This book is brilliant! The stategies and thought behind it make total sense and really work. I highly recommend it to parents everywhere.
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By miss am lambourne on 21 Feb 2014
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Its pretty easy to follow, already started some things. Its food for thought and so far seems a help if very american!
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Yes, Parents, You Actually Have to Parent! 5 Sep 2011
By Natalie - Published on Amazon.com
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I have a 4-year-old toddler, who is pretty good and obedient most of the time, but I could not for the life of me get her to clean up her toys. I found myself raising my voice and using threats over this issue, so when I saw the title of this book, it immediately drew my attention. And after reading this book, I learned that it wasn't so much "what" I did but 'how" I did it. I would take away her toys as a logical consequence for not cleaning up (which the book supports) but until I read this book, I couldn't see why that consequence alone didn't work (this is just one example of what I learned).

I've read several parenting books (The Happiest Toddler on the Block, 1-2-3 Magic, How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and LIsten So Kids Will Talk...). I learned a lot from those books, but If I Have to Tell You One More Time is hands-down the best. McCready shows you how to eliminate the root of the misbehaviors. I would call it a misbehavior prevention program where there are a lot of empowering of kids, training of kids, giving consequences (not punishments) to kids, etc... The book isn't overly stuffed with psychological babble, but instead has clear, direct instructions and examples of how parents should implement the tools. I also love how McCready empathizes with the parents and then empowers them. There were some things I didn't agree with and some things I wish McCready would have addressed like hitting, lying, stealing, etc. especially because she doesn't believe in "punishing" kids. But overall, it is an excellent book that every parent should read.

And yes, parents, you actually have to parent. And it's hard (it's supposed to be!). It annoys the daylights out of me when parents blame their kids for the misbehaviors, (it's their personality, it's just a "phase" they're going through, they just won't listen, etc). So, if you're not willing to change, put in some hard work, or make your children your TOP priority, then this book isn't for you (or any parenting book for that matter).

This book is for parents of toddlers to teenagers. If you have kids younger than 2, I would suggest reading The Happiest Toddler on the Block which gives great tools for disciplining those little ones. I would also recommend having your spouse and caregivers of your children read this book so everyone is on the same page.
30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Are you looking for an "A-HA" parenting moment? 16 Aug 2011
By Robert J. Stolz - Published on Amazon.com
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I pre-ordered this book because a friend of mine recommended Amy's parenting online training. I decided to read her book to see if the online training was something I would be interested in investing in. Well, I've already signed up! So worth it!

I started reading the book when it arrived a couple of weeks ago, and literally had "a-ha" parenting insights throughout every chapter.

I have 3 children all under the age of 7 and this summer has been a very trying/tiring parental challenge with boredom and lack of structure feeding into sibling fights, back talk, sleep struggles, general aggression, etc. But I feel invigorated now due to Amy's no-nonsense and clear instruction! I'm no longer counting down the days until school re-starts! As an example, all 3 went to bed last night without one single power struggle or wake-up!

So ... I highly recommend this book!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This is the best parenting book and a lot of the ideas are useful for adult communication too 8 Aug 2013
By Alice Xu - Published on Amazon.com
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This book really hits the nail on the head on many important theories and practical examples. Even for a serial book worm like me who have read many dozen of self-help books, there are lightbulb moments everywhere as I read along!

I have learnt how positive thinking and praise encourages development in other books, but getting it to work in practice is still a bumpy road. Now I know that certain praise (eg. you are the smartest, i am so proud of you) actually has subtle side effects, whereas the praise should focus on effort and improvements. The book spends a lot of time on this issue and more important give you real phrases to use in real life, absolutely godsend for I always struggle to find the right words to convey what I had in mind.

Another example is on chores and setting allowance for children. I kept hearing from other parents how they tie allowance to doing chores and I always wonder how it would work. Now I know it doesn't, chores should not be tied to rewards, it need to be internal, a way to contribute to family. Allowance is a tool for learning finance skill, should absolutely not tied to allowance as it becomes a reward and discourage selfless act of helping the family out.

I am always amazed at the power of the timeout/naughty-corner and 1-2-3 techniques I saw from tv nanny shows. The book demonstrates why they don't work long term (they work short term if not over used, thus why so effective on tv) and give much better tools to overcome misbehaviour in children

Another lightbulb moment is when the book talks about the various ego states (parent/adult/child) and how we should act more in the child state to better communication with kids. Treating kids with respect and recognition. These are the exact same ideas I found extremely useful in my professional life, adults crave for the exact same things as kids! While it seemed natural in the adult world (well, after reading and practicing these principles at work for years), how did I not realized earlier that the same can be apply to kids!

anyway, I am only 1/3 of the way through the book and already i need to stop so many times, jot down notes, re-read paragraphs, and the lessons I learnt so far is worth many times the cost of the book already
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Learned a lot.... 25 Jan 2013
By Jamie Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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I learned a lot about myself from reading this book. I thought I was going to learn how to make my child change but it was more about learning to change myself and my actions an words.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Changed our family dramatically 16 Jan 2013
By H. Woods - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Time out's don't work in this house and we have a VERY stubborn, spirited and strong willed child. Now that we focus on "discipline" rather than "punishment", things have really begun to change. We also noticed that we were spending lots of time with her, but it wasn't "child ego" time, we were still distracted. This helps HEAPS in filling her emotional tank and curbing that whining. Tips to stop yelling have helped as they never worked anyway. Teaching respectful ways of getting tasks done with natural consequences has been key - I firmly believe this approach will help prevent rebellion in teenage yrs as kids will learn WHY they should/shouldn't do xyz, rather than punishing and teaching them to hide wrong choices instead. Her approach is backed up with research.

My only gripe is that I find a few of her approaches too permissive (for strong willed kids they need VERY clear and firm boundaries). I recommend a few books for these personality types: 'Setting Limits with Your Strong-Willed Child' (too much time out but a good lesson in the 'dances' we find ourselves in with our kids) and some of Harville Hendrix's work. She skips over some very important issues I would've really liked her input on ie. stealing. Whilst I agree it's good to question the child's motives, I think a bigger approach is needed.

But the tenet of the book is VERY good. It's a good foundation for parents that works well across ALL personality types of children. Parents may need to seek further help for their OWN issues that lead them to not get the best from their kids. And of course you may like to tweak some of her advice to suit your own beliefs (ie in our house we don't waste food and nutrition is important to us, so we have a slightly different, but still respectful, approach to her advice there).

I'm very pleased to have this book and recommend it highly to everyone.
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