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Confident Parents, Remarkable Kids: 8 Principles for Raising Kids Youll Love to Live With Paperback – Bargain Price, September 17, 2008

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Bonnie Harris holds a master's degree in Early Childhood Education with a specialization in parent/child development. She's appeared on TODAY and she's been interviewed on other television and radioshows, and in the New York Times. She's written a feature for Working Mother. She is the mother of two 20-somethings and lives in New Hampshire.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (September 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598694715
  • ASIN: B002YX0BGO
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,217,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lu Hanessian on September 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
Most parenting books fail to take one major piece into consideration when they are espousing schools of thought, doling out advice or trying to offer parents hope on the journey: how things look...from the child's point of view.
This book nails that piece into place with wisdom, compassion and conviction. We need to stop seeing parenting as something that parents endure, perform well, or struggle with and start taking into account that parenting implies relationship, not a set of hard and fast rules that little people better follow or else. Bonnie Harris is a powerful voice of reason, rhyme and guts, and we all would do well to listen, listen, listen to ourselves from the inside out...and then do the same with our kids. In her book, she makes it clear, without judgment or preachy advice, that our confidence as parents relies on looking bravely in the mirror and seeing our reflection in our child's eyes--and vice versa. A wonderful book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Claire M. Juengst on September 8, 2008
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It is a great book! I like the way each chapter ends with a summary and the suggested practices. I really believe your basic premise of kids wanting to be successful and the 8 principles are "right on"! We all need to internalize the idea that "the child is not bad; rather the child has bad behavior" and figure out why the behavior is taking place. Your 8 principles get us going in that direction. I liked the idea of trying to focus on what is going right rather than what is going wrong. Other similar ideas that jumped out at me were: Different does not mean wrong and a child is having a problem not being a problem. The eighth principle, "Good Boundaries Mean Good Balance", is a challenge for parents. Parents do want to fix problems so that their children will be happy but as you point out, it isn't always the best way for the child because we are not cultivating mechanisms that they can use in the future.

Adoptive Families Together (AFT) has similar philosophies regarding how we as parents react to our kids' behaviors. They come to us with so much baggage and we must determine what is causing the bad behaviors.

Part 2 is filled with great practical ways to apply the 8 Principles. Chapters 9 to 15 cover all the "hot spots" that occur in everyday life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Hayes on January 18, 2013
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I highly recommend this book for any parent that is dealing with a strong-willed child or is stuck in daily power struggles with their children. Here are some nuggets from the book:

The most important thing we can do as parents is connect with our children.
You cannot control your child's behavior but you can 100% control your own.
It is not our job to make our kids happy.
The behavior in your child that you focus on the most only grows.
Problem solving techniques are much more effective long term than punishment
Children hate to be punished and most parents hate to punish their children
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dee on March 6, 2013
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I love this book for the simple reason that the author explains that parents are not responsible for their child's behavior and that every child is born for success. This book opens lines of communication between the parent and the child without having to yell or punish your children with time outs, or grounding. It explains to parents how important it is for your child to make choices, to negotiate and to problem solve...all the things that your child will have to do for himself/herself in everyday life. I am so happy that I have found it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dombru73 on February 6, 2015
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I really enjoyed this book and immediately began putting these principles into practice. I was already parenting from a connective approach, I thought... But Bonnie's clear, concise explanations and real stories helped me see some key areas where I was missing the mark. I have noticed my son's confidence increase from literally day one of shifting my language and perspective. I highly recommend this book to everyone!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Margaret C. Hunt on November 25, 2008
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Bonnie Harris has produced quality advice for parents yet again: a worthy follow up to her first book "When Your Kids Push Your Buttons". Like the Buttons book, "Confident Parents Remarkable Kids" includes many helpful illustrations to make her point. I'm impressed with the way Bonnie helps parents to see the world from the child's point of view so that one can work out what might be triggering the child's behaviour. I also like phrases such as: "What you focus on grows": catch phrases can be very helpful for tired parents. Thoughtfulness, understanding, firm boundaries when required, age and personality appropriate responses, love - it's all there in this lovely book. And if you lose the plot, remember that the Buttons book can help you with that!
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I've read A LOT of parenting books. Some of them have been great- and I'd recommend them heartily. Others were not so great... Some were so bad I've thrown them away for fear another parent might read them and get lousy advice! This book stands apart from them all. It is one of the single most useful books - of any type - I've ever come across.

An insightful and incredibly helpful book for navigating the ups and downs of parenting. Sound advice, given with compassion for parents and children alike. I'd give it more stars if they'd let me.
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By Amazon Customer on June 12, 2013
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I have read a lot of parenting books and this book totally describes the type of parenting I would like to practice!! It describes situations that happen every day and explains the deeper cause and how to handle it!
Of course like any book of the same category cannot give you miracle solutions because the solution is within you as you have to change first for your children to change!!

I would recommend it to anyone who is willing to try a more peaceful approach towards their kids.
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