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on 6 December 2001
There is sound advice in this book which would be helpful to any parent. It is mainly written for dealing with the challenging ages of 2 to 6 year olds, and advocates a step by step approach over a period of 5 weeks. You are encouraged to learn a new parenting skill each week which is further broken down into a day by day schedule. This regimented approach did not appeal to me, although I strongly agree with the principles and methods.
This book addresses the important issue of negative reinforcement which is so prevalent with strong willed children. For a more detailed insight I would highly recommend the book, "The Manipulative Child: How to Raise Resilient, Resourceful, and Independent Kids".
The second half of the book gives excellent advice and examples on how to apply the techniques. Although I did not agree with the one size fits all approach, I do recommend reading the book as it does offer much authorative advice. Other books I feel are very helpful are "Ain't Misbehavin" by William P Garvey, "Setting Limits" by Robert J MacKenzie, and "How to talk so your kids will listen and listen so your kids will talk".
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Based on sound research and experience the book provides a 5 week programme that parents work through at home on coping effectively with strong-willed behaviour. Having used the techniques myself as a prfossional and parent I know they work! A must read for parents of younger children and those working with them and their families.
Dr Andy Gill
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