This book and the concepts it shares with the One Minute (Manager) Series are the basis for the way I am raising my daughter. Manage behavior and unconditionally love the child. It works for parenting, management, and even marital relations. This book puts the principles of the One Minute Manager in the natural context of the parent child relationship. It is a gem of a book. I have given several copies to friends, employees, and in 1992 to my (then) future wife. Not only did I give her the book, I recorded it on cassette in my voice for her to study. She did. We have now (5/2000) been happily "Catching each other doing things right" for over 7 years as husband and wife. In the same way, we have harnessed the incredible power of One Minute style praising and reprimanding our daughter with fantastic results.
( Comment as of 2008:
I still give this and other One Minute books to friends and co-workers, often the Japanese language editions. I still stand by every word of this review. And I still believe this series provides an excellent mental framework for dealing with the stresses of parenting, managing, and being a spouse.
--Walter Willenkin, Japan, April 2008 -- )
(Comment as of 2011: Now she is a teenager. This still works.
Check this again in a few years. I bet she is still self-managing!
Stay posted to see how she turns out! --Walter Willenkin, Japan, January 2011 --)
Today I have posted a long list of other helpful books and audiobooks on my personal website.