3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good sound advice,
This review is from: Happy Kids: The Secrets to Raising Well-Behaved, Contented Children (Paperback)
This is the first book by Cathy Glass that I have read. Being a busy mum I often question the approach I have with my children. Discipline is important but it is not always obvious what the best approach is. I really like the calm approach Cathy advises we take. She stresses that shouting or losing our cool will not work in the long run. While we all know that, it is very useful to be reminded and hopefully we can remember this when we can feel our patience growing thin.
I also really liked being reminded to praise more than to criticize. Once again we get so caught up in daily life and busy running of the house that we forget to enjoy our children and praise them. Cathy reminds us to congratulate and reward our children as well and that this is important.
I think the chapter I liked best was the one on Difficult Children. In it Cathy states some of the way children can overstep the mark and take over. As a busy parent and former single mum, I have often found myself overwhelmed and it has been easier to let some things drift. Unfortunately over time I have "forgotten" what is the appropriate attitude and what is not. Cathy's clear description of the different things children should not be doing was really helpful and helped me a lot.
I think this is a book to read once and then keep as a reference as children change and the way we interract with them evolves. It is a sort of reference book that can help us for many years. Thank you for that.