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helpful but unrealistic
on 10 March 2011
I found this book helpful to a certain extent although each point was somewhat laboured and can be grasped by reading just a little of each chapter rather than trudging through all the examples set. It's american which I found uncomfortable reading as their expressions used are so vastly different from language that we'd use to talk to our children in the UK. Although I do believe most of the tips and methods in this book are exactly as you should behave around your children and would surely improve most parents' communication skills with them, they are not realistic in that, as parent with little time on your hands and sometimes a frayed temper with a naughty child, it's very difficult to behave in such a passive manner and keep thinking one step ahead as to how to react to each situation. It doesn't come naturally to most parents to talk to their children as described in the book, so can be quite hard work which is why I think it's a slightly unrealistic approach. All that said it was still interesting to browse and food for thought, which is why I've given it 3 stars. Something written for the UK market with a more down-to-earth/humorous approach would be ideal.