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When Your Kids Push Your Buttons: And what you can do about it [Paperback]

Bonnie Harris
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7 April 2005
As a parent, there are certain things that are guaranteed to push your buttons. You behave in ways you later regret, and your child learns to manipulate you. Rather than focusing on how you can change your child's behaviour, this deeply insightful and wonderfully wise book focuses on you, the parent. When Your Kids Push Your Buttons shows that it is your own attitudes and perceptions rather than your child's behaviour that spark your anger - and these are often based on your own relationship with your parents. Discover how to:· End the cycle of action and reaction between you and your child· See the hidden messages of both children and parents' anger· Understand why your own hidden agendas and standards as parents might push your child to act out· Address behaviour problems, not with anger, but with new solutions· Break free of the past and connect with your children. Filled with anecdotes from real parents and based on hundreds of real-life situations, this book is destined to become a parenting classic.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (7 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749925248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749925246
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A wise and practical guide to more mindful and open-hearted parenting' Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn, co-authors of Everyday Blessings --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Bonnie Harris is a parent educator, counsellor and coach who received her master's degree from Bank Street College in New York City. She is the founding director of the Parent Guidance Center and the director of ParentWise, a private counselling, consulting, and educational service for parents and teachers.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on parenting I have ever read 25 May 2007
I have read many books about parenting but they were all focused on the child's behaviour and how to deal with it, unsuccessfully. This book was a total eye opener: it focuses on you as a parent and how it is your own emotions and reactions to your child's behaviour "that pushes your buttons". It totally changed my perception: if my child is having a tantrum he is HAVING a problem, he is NOT BEING a problem. My job as a parent is to identify the root of that problem without getting emotionally involved and to help the child solve his problem. Bonnie Harris teaches you to recognise how your behvaiour is rooted in your own child hood and how the beliefs and standards you grew up with determine your parenting even if you vowed to do excatly the opposite of what your parents did. This is a must read for every parent, including the ones who had a happy child hood and good relationship with their parents!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful 4 Oct 2012
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This is exactly what I wanted. Insight into why my children make me so mad at times, and how I can help change things for the better!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This has been the best purchase so far. Sibling Rivalry was good too and I've bought several others but this was by far the best. Its just relating your situation doing the task they set and following it through. I'm finding it hard to stick to sometimes but trying my best. Its really good for explaining not to control your child but to guide them let them teach you and understand their minds. Absolutely amazing book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A necessary book for parenting 21 Oct 2009
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I wished I'd read this book earlier, could have helped me years ago. I own loads of parenting books. E.g. positive parenting etc. but they all deal with children's behaviour as if the child is the problem. This book deals with the parent and encourage us to understand ourselves and our child. Makes load of sense to me ! It is not an easy book to read (not literary) as I found it very painful when I realised the mistakes that I have been continually making. The book has short exercises at the end of some chapters for the reader (parent) to complete which is necessary else it would not be very effective to tackle the deep rooted underlying problems. The best parenting book so far!!!!
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