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Raising a Nonviolent Child

Raising a Nonviolent Child [Kindle Edition]

John Rosemond

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Tragedies such as the April 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, are but the tip of the child-violence iceberg, says noted family psychologist and best-selling author John Rosemond. Over the past 35 years, the rate of violence and aggression on the part of children has risen at least tenfold, affecting children across the demographic spectrum. Rosemond turns his critical eye to the various theories proposed to explain this trend--from the notion that violence is a matter of genes to the ubiquity of violence in the media-and comes to a startling conclusion: The problem has much to do with bad advice from child rearing experts. Progressive parenting practices, as promoted by mental health professionals for more than a generation, succeed at enlarging children's self-esteem, but fail to teach them self-control. The end result are epidemic numbers of children who feel great about themselves, but have little regard for others--children who've been given everything they could possible want, and little of what they truly need, especially adequate discipline. Rosemond empowers parents to take the bull of modern child rearing by the horns and tame it by focusing on teaching manners, character, respect for others, and self-control. Consistent with his previous parenting best-sellers, Raising a Nonviolent Child is short in theory and long on the sort of practical, commonsense advice he's built his reputation upon-advice that promises to reassure and empower today's parents and set America's children back on the proper course. 

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1308 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (1 Aug. 2000)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0028RZ8KA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,103,035 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Long Column 1 Feb. 2001
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The mother of a 4 year old boy and infant daughter concerned about the level of violence in television programs and toys directed toward children, I bought Rosemond's "Raising a Nonviolent Child" to learn how to lessen the impact of such violence on my kids. Rosemond's book is written in an easy-to-read manner, but ends up long on chat (like an overly long column) and short on cites. Nevertheless, Rosemond's opinion on methods of parenting and discipline, as he has shown in other successful books like Parent Power, is worth something standing alone. An emphatic reminder that we, as parents, are the first line of defense against the violence marketed to children, Rosemond's book does a nice job discussing the importance of teaching children personal, task and social responsibility. His ideas regarding limitations to be set on video games, computer use and television are also quite helpful. One need be neither Judeo-Christian nor an arch conservative to see the value of some of Rosemond's views on parenting however, and it would have been nice not to have to wade through Rosemond's rather strident (and often offensively presented)political beliefs and his personal religious beliefs to get to his larger point regarding the benefits of authoritative, as opposed to authoritarian or permissive parenting. I would recommend people buy Parent Power, which covers much of the same ground and is available in paperback -- and skip this latest book which doesn't add much that is new to Rosemond's previous body of work.
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars mostly more of the same 8 Oct. 2000
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This latest in a series of books by Mr.Rosemond is a bit disappointing, especially for long-time readers of his other books and columns. I find the re-run anecdotes and columns tedious, the writing a tad sophomoric. The anecdote of his "call of nature" in an Alabama school restroom was just one example, and one I would have liked to have been spared.
The topic of kids and violence is certainly one on the minds of most parents. And it is an easy read, and entertaining. I would have liked to have seen less personal anecdotes and more of the real research and studies that are out there; that he seemed to gloss over, in favor of levity.
The book does contain useful information, especially towards the end. I had the thought that if he BEGAN again, with the ending of this book to begin a new one and fleshed it out a bit more, it would have more of an impact. This is a good basic book, but I would have liked it to have been a bit more scholarly.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, amazing book! Well worth reading. 29 Oct. 2008
By R. lavallee - Published on
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I read this book after my son, who was 4 at the time, with an older cousin, killed a duck of ours (not maliciously, just played way too roughly with it). You won't hear his wisdom or common sense from any other authors. If you are looking for psychobabble, look elsewhere. If you think children should be coddled and babied all the way into adulthood (like "everyone else" seems to be doing now), then this isn't for you. If you think children need to be ridiculously praised for every move they make, you should really read this book - it debunks that notion, and turns most other conventional parenting practices of today upside down. Just look at your neighbors and the classmates of your children, who are likely helpless, disrespectful, often overweight, addicted to tv and video games, etc. I don't want my kids to be like that, so John Rosemond has shown me the better way, which is actually the way I was parented, without even realizing it.

The book was a fascinating read, and I went through it quickly. At that point the only other book of his I had read was Making the Terrible Twos Terrific, and while it is the same general philosophies, there was much new wisdom in this book, particularly for older children. I loaned it to my sister who also enjoyed it.

When visiting a friend in another state, who had a girl my son's age, she was so violent that we finally left after an hour. She actually flipped a glider rocker chair that my son was sitting in over and on top of him. I later sent this book to my friend, hoping she wouldn't be offended. She read it and told me it was very useful and helped her realize what she was doing wrong with her kids, and immediately upon putting his wisdom in practice she saw improvement, and began working on being a leader/parent, instead of a slave to her kids.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every Parent Should Read 1 Aug. 2006
By A. Land - Published on
This book is excellent as most of Dr. Rosemond's book are. I enjoyed the easy read nature of the book.

He gives specific ways to help your child get rid of bad behavior. This was very helpful to me. My daughter has improved behavior because of his suggestions.

I highly recommend this book along with all others by Dr. John Rosemond.
5.0 out of 5 stars Raising a Nonviolent Child 10 Dec. 2012
By Martie Chittum - Published on
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Raising a Nonviolent Child is a life chaning book - Rosemond uses good old fashioned common sense and Godly Wisdom to help parents deal with todays challenges.
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