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  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books Inc.; Revised ed 2nd Revised ed Completely Revised and Updated! edition (1 Mar. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345402510
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345402516
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.5 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,463,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Oct. 1999
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This book is well worth finding. It sets out clearly how to bring up children with warmth and compassion. It helps you break the cycle of "pain, shame and blame". Parents and children will end up happier. The really positive part is the description of "Best Things/Worst Things" to go through with your child at bedtime. All kinds of funny, sad and important issues get to be discussed where before they probably wouldn't have been. The Family Conferences I wasn't so sure about. But generally this book is excellent.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vibrant Lives Now on 24 Sept. 2013
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Can a book help us love our children more? I think so.
The ideas are similar to other best sellers: How To Parent and How To Talk So Kids Will Listen; it's just another way of illustrating those ideas: helping children to become independent and self-confident; being firm and kind, and most of all, being respectful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fanny Johnstone on 2 Dec. 2014
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I have had a much happier and more enjoyable relationship with my daughter (only child) since beginning to read this book and at time of writing I am only half way through. Reading Positive Discipline helps you and your kid/s to feel as though you are 'on the same side' and as though you are improving together rather than having to have power struggles all the time with one of you coming out the 'winner'.

The shortest message of the book is to 'empower rather than discourage'... And I would have thought that I could have worked that out for myself and implemented it on a daily basis.... but this book points out inevitable parental weaknesses and has helped me to enable and reinforce the "empower, don't discourage" approach ten fold. Most of all I want our child to have good self-esteem and problem-solving capabilities, and this book will help us to give her those qualities.

I am not a regular book reviewer but I thought this book was worth the effort as I am certain most families will benefit from reading it. I only give it four stars rather than five as - here and there - there are just a few things I don't entirely agree with but for the most part it's brilliant.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ann Marie on 16 Jan. 2014
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A very informative, powerful, thought provoking read.. trying to rethink and change entrenched ideads with regards to teaching children valuable lessons for life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Armstrong on 9 May 2011
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Quite simply one of the best books on bringing up children I have ever read. As soon as you start implementing the ideas in this book they work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By U. Parkes on 7 May 2014
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I have read many books - I have a child with special needs, but this book made so much sense and I thought it was simple brilliant. A must for every parent to read. It turns some things that you have learnt on its head, and it will answer other questions that you couldn't before. Great book - highly recommend you buy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mataya on 25 Mar. 2013
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This book explains very well and with practical steps how to raise a child - in positive and ecouraging way - to be respectful, kind, willing to find solutions for problems. It's easy to read and the methods described in it are effective in practice.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By nangni on 9 Jan. 2013
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Practical and intuitive, I have found the strategies in this book highly effective. It gets to the heart of what motivates children - intrinsically - and helps you to bring it out of them. I'm astonished at how well it's worked on my children - they now do everything I've ever wanted them to do without me having to "ask a hundred thousand times". I haven't had my usual power struggles with my extremely strong willed daughter and my usually very reliant son is now doing everything all by his big self! If you want to bring up children to be happy, confident and self-reliant individuals (and feel very proud of yourself in the process), this is the book to read. Highly recommended.
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