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Power of Positive Parenting: A Wonderful Way to Raise Children [Paperback]

Sidney W. Bijou , Glenn Latham
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  • Paperback: 397 pages
  • Publisher: P & T Ink (Sep 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567131751
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567131758
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 21.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best parenting book ever written 5 Oct 2011
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Every parent should be issued with this book. It's deeply Christian - I'm not - but it is so warm, so generous towards children, and so sensible that it's an ideal guide.
The writer is absolutely merciful and kind, and at the same time explains how to set up a home that is disciplined and well-run, where children will feel secure, will learn to be unselfish and whole-hearted members of the family, and how to reach their full potential.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You'll never guess why I rate this book so high! 23 Aug 2005
By John Owens - Published on Amazon.com
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I have six kids of my own. I found myself looking to other parents for practical evidence of how to be a better dad. There is one man in particular who had perfect kids, and perfect house and, well you know the rest. I got a lot of good ideas from watching him with his children.

Later I ran across this book, and it put into words the very same things that I saw him DO.

It wasn't until about 2/3 of the way through the book, as I was incidentally recommending to a friend, that I noticed that my "good example friend" appeared on this cover. Turns out his dad wrote the book.

I can tell you with certainty that a parent with the willingness to change (not just a desire) can turn their family around with a little guidance.

There is no other book you NEED. Just add work.
41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The parenting book I was looking for my whole life! 16 Aug 1999
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I can't recommend this book highly enough! I came from a home where the parents were no doubt trying, but had very few parenting skills. We were basically hit and told how awful we were. I came away from my home only knowing what I DIDN'T want to do as a parent, but having no idea what TO do.
I love children and always wanted a big family. And I feel like I've read just about every parenting book out there, in my search to learn how to be a kind, loving, yet in control parent. This book showed me HOW to be the kind of parent that I have always yearned in my heart to be. It not only tells you what you should be doing (along with the research that proves that THIS is the most effective way to raise children!), but shows you step-by-step EXACTLY how to do it.
I give this the highest recommendation that a book could ever receive. Five stars aren't enough! Your children will love you for following the guidelines in this book, and you'll love Glenn Latham for how happy your family will become.
34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kid tested, Mother approved! 21 April 2004
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Perhaps the most important job we have as human beings is to be effective parents. Given the millions of variables that can affect the development of our children, however, there is no doubt that being a parent is also one of the most challenging jobs. Fortunately, Latham has written a wonderful book that details the successful application of principles of behavior analysis to the development of our children.

In the last few years, I have had over a dozen college students who were parents themselves use this book with their own families as class projects for a developmental psychology course I teach. All students reported substantial improvements in their home lives and in the interactions with their children. These anecdotal outcomes support the empirical evidence demonstrating the effectiveness of behavioral principles in real world situations.

We owe it to our children to be the best parents we can be!
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but with limitations 2 Aug 2012
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I loved this book for my first two kids. I found gems here that really helped me change my focus and I still appreciate those instructions and think I could do a better job at them. This being said, the book is about behavior modification. It does not get to the root of some misbehavior. Children often act out not because as the book suggest "it is what works." Sometimes kids act out because of underlying fears and issues and this book does not get at the heart of those things. It is however, a great tool to help communicate and correct without punishment.

I liked when he gave scenarios of conversations with children to positively set expectations and fend off arguments. I liked the concept of taking responsibility for the way my children behave and changing ME to bring about change in them. His recommended parenting style of really easing off of punishments and focusing on what our kids do right to stop reenforcing poor behavior really did work.

What I didn't love was the chapter on sleep training. A man, even a father, saying "a child never cried himself to death" isn't really that helpful to me. I found his tone on that subject obnoxious and condescending.

And I found the principles and the way to communicate as suggested does not work as well for our next two children who have special needs. A better alternative for children with sensory issues, coming from adoption/foster care and trauma, or who are struggling due to emotional issues like a death or divorce in the family, The Connected Child by Dr. Karyn Purvis.
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars living in familial harmony 3 Feb 2000
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My husband and I had the good fortune to be able to attend a meeting where Dr. Latham was speaking a couple of years ago. At the time our three sons were all under the age of 8, two of which were twins. Our house had become very loud and unpleasant, even though we were really trying hard to be great parents. After the meeting we bought the book and we have become passionate supporters of it. We are living in heaven on earth where our sons are responsible for their own behavior and we have learned to praise the positive and ignore the inconsequential. In fact, this book even inspired us to enlarge our family, we are now the proud parents of another set of 4 month old twin boys! Thanks alot Dr. Latham! :)
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