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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (CA); 30th edition edition (4 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609806939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609806937
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cleon W. on 5 Nov. 2007
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No one ever really teaches you how to be a parent do they? Oh they teach you how to change a nappy, how to feed it and how to burp it, then they pat you on the back and send you on your merry way.
But no one ever teaches you how to deal with a child that is throwing a tantrum in Tesco, or a child who refuses to do what you want. In these enlightened times slapping the child is no longer acceptable, but no one has explained what other options are available to you! The whole thing is incredibly frustrating!
If that is how you feel about parenting then THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU!
The book teaches you three techniques which can be used singly or permed together, which will quite simply change your life.
By the time you have read through the 330 pages of this book you will feel confident that there is no need to lose your temper, no need to raise a hand in anger and that all issues can be resolved in an easy and friendly way.
The author says that when they were compiling the new edition of the book they asked people who had done the course for good examples of conflicts that had been resolved using these methods, but few of them could think of any. The reason was quite simply that after using P.E.T. for a while there just were not any further conflicts within their families that needed resolving.
This book is essential reading for ALL parents, whether of a newborn baby or unruly teenagers. It WILL change your life!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Isabelle Gravenstein on 17 July 2008
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I have read many books on parenting. Some of them are truly excellent and this one is another gem. All parents currently experiencing difficult relationships with their childen will find the methods that Dr Gordon puts forward in the book a breeze to understand, though it may require ome effort and time to put them into practice, the end results are well worth the effort. Absolutely no one is a loser when the methods suggested are used in the family. This book is a relationship saver for parents and children alike. This book makes parents, and other adults realise that children deserve as much respect as any other person in the world. At the same time, it reassures parents that they will not raise 'unruly brats' by respecting their children and listening to them, without controlling them at every opportunity. It is on this premise that the system put forward works, and enable families to build mutually respectful relationships where everyone can flourish, children and parents alike.

A must for anyone wanting to improve their parent/child relationship or even their relationships at large. A true gem. Cannot recommend it highly enough. Worth much more than 5 stars.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Carrie on 22 Mar. 2010
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I used PET for about 10 years when our girls were between 10 and 20. I can't rate the book more highly. All about space management, their space, your space, keeping confrontation at bay. Having all those useful phrases at the ready in the middle of a confrontation, it saved the day so often. They do just come to your mind at the right moment and you don't know how. My daughter, now 28. use to say Are you going to send me on another of your guilt trip? but it worked time and again. Then one of her friends recently ask me about the book as my daughter had mentioned it and recommended it to her. Now that was praise indeed. I actually found it equally helpful in dealing with people at large, adults and all.
The best exemple was my daughter, aged 16, arriving home 10 minutes late after a night out. As Thomas Gordon recommended ; I waited for her and gave her a huge hugg when she came in told her how glad I was she was safe and went to bed. You have no idea the apologies I got the next day ! By the way no need to stay up just leave an alarm clock for 5 minutes after the agreed time. If they come in they switch it off; if they don't you get woken up. No need to stay up!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By janet Carlsberg on 21 May 2011
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This book helps to get rid of all the "power struggles" and "rebellion" that so plagues our society. If you think rebellion or tantrums are a natural developmental stage, then you really need to read this book as I did.
Dr. Gordon does a great job of explaining all the "traditional" ways we are used to disciplining children and relating to them and why they don't work.
To those who are in favor of spanking, I would say that the message you are teaching the child is this: "You can't hit others, until you are older like me."
As someone who works in early childhood education, I have found this book to be invaluable with all of the "problem" or "challenging" children. What a turnaround!
Typical problems are very slowly, but surely going away in the classroom. In my own home with my child, it has been working wonders.
Not just for parents or children, I have found that the principles here work beautifully with adults and friends as well.
Read with an open mind, it will challenge everything you thought you knew as best. But...just try it, with an open heart, and you will be as pleasantly surprised as me!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maria T. Protopapa on 28 April 2009
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I was quite satisfied w this book. I had heard about it through a colleague and I found it helpful.

It analyses in detail various subjects that I thought were my own problems as a parent. However, by reading the P.E.T. book I realised that these are actual, everyday problems a parent encounters. The book gives you simple advice to tackle them and communicate w your child(ren) without either parties acting in a rigid, strict way.
A rather relaxed, stress relieving approach.
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