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Parenting By Heart: How To Be In Charge, Stay Connected, And Instill Your Values, When It Feels Like You've Only Got 15 Minutes A Day Paperback – 4 Jan 2002

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  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; New e. edition (4 Jan. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738205990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738205991
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,694,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you were a kid raised on "Father Knows Best" or "The Brady Bunch," you may have had a startling realization when you became a parent yourself-the realization that real life bears no resemblance whatsoever to life in those sweet and placid situation comedies. Read the first page
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By D. Sheldon on 12 Jan. 2010
Format: Paperback
Fantastic,practical,clear advice that seems to illuminate a path through the fog of child rearing.I only wish that someone had recommended this book to me years ago.
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A bag of answers to common parenting questions 12 Mar. 2006
By Gene Zafrin - Published on Amazon.com
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This heartfelt book about parenting is composed of chapters debunking some common parenting myths, such as the myth of parents being always in charge or that your relationship with your child should only be about the child. The material does not feel "groundbreaking", perhaps because it is not based on any latest research, but rather on the author's many years of family and child practice. And yet, some of the points resonated with me and sounded like something I could use in my own parenting. For example, Taffel points out that often most memorable connection takes place during the most ordinary activities. Indeed, sharing a household activity may present better opportunities for a good conversation than sitting your child in front of you and lecturing him.

The book introduces three parenting styles that are roughly appropriate for three age groups: parent-protector (for 5-9 year olds), parent-chum (9-12) and parent-realist (13-16). These categories sound a bit programmatic, but the book does point out that at any time you may have to wear different hats with the same kid. Even though this categorization is arguable, it provides a useful framework for further discussion.

One suggestion is repeated throughout the book: staying involved with your children. Whether it is by creating boundaries for the acceptable behavior or just playing with your kid, the author is convinced that being connected with what's going on in your kid's life is a fundamental parenting principle. In today's busy world, it is not a trivial undertaking.

The book has a definite therapeutic bent: almost every page is devoted to a technique of dealing with something that went wrong. It reads almost like a compilation of case studies. It does not deal with such questions as "What do I want from my parenting, for myself and for my child?" or "What kind of child do I want to raise?" But it does give some good advice to those wondering "If my child is not talking with me what could I do?" or "If my child did something wrong should I punish him, and if yes - how?" The book has enough specific suggestions for a variety of situations to be of interest to many parents.
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Realistic, practical, and uplifting 4 Jun. 2009
By M. Lam - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is one of the best parenting books I've read. The views expressed are balanced and realistic. It also emphasizes the tween and teen years. Don't be misled by the title. It is not a book about attaching to your children. The book does an excellent job of discussing when to let go, when to accept your children and when to stay connected and protect them.
Love this book 3 Oct. 2014
By Momof5 - Published on Amazon.com
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Love this book. Tons of great advice for preteen-teens which is sometimes hard to find. Although it is written in the 90's so some of the references are outdated...like what 13 year old talks on a home phone or writes in a diary these days...it still has a ton of great information.
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