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  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Democratic Parenting; 1st edition (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615581234
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615581231
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #352,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I think this book is written by a parent- and you get that sense when you read it.
Sophie Lion
With my degree in psychology, I have read a lot of Adler's work, and I'm sooo pleased to see a modern book based on his philosophy.
PK
For one I myself have to change my ways in order for my child to better respond to me!
Tammy Landreneau

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By PK on February 16, 2012
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Love love love this book! I'm a professional counsellor and I'm well-trained to deal with people. With my degree in psychology, I have read a lot of Adler's work, and I'm sooo pleased to see a modern book based on his philosophy.

At first I was skeptical - I thought this book would be just another parenting philosophy book, even though the description said it has a lot of how-tos. But it actually does provide you with how-tos and tangible examples - very hands on. It nicely combines an approach and philosophy so you understand what you are doing and why you are doing it ...with a lot of useful tips (and fortunately, nothing to do with politics - phewf!). Family meetings and Natural Consequences were 2 eye-opening concepts for me... An element I really appreciated was how it was organized - really easy to read with small paragraphs that held my focus. I'm a huge quote fan and there were many quotes to quench my thirst. The size and feel of the book also felt good...I dislike rough-to-the-touch books.

I came from an authoritarian home and easily related to the experience the book discussed about having an authoritarian parent. Even though I knew what kind of parent I didn't want to be, I didn't know what other kind of parent I could be, without getting walked all over. Now I have a strong foundation on the kind of parent I will be as well as the confidence to be one. Highly recommend it - whether you're a parent or planning to be.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sophie Lion on April 5, 2012
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I didnt know what to expect when I bought this book, but being a new parent is tough,and I needed help dealing with my twins. This book taught me why my kids are behaving the way they are, and how to listen, and help solve the problem instead of getting mad or seeing the situation at only an adult level.
With this book, Ive been able to manage my kids and myself alot better! And believe me- this isnt the first parenting book I bought! But it is the one that has been the most helpful, thats given me the most impact and the most positive results.
Theres no more screaming matches in my home anymore! Imagine!
I thought this book was also easy to read and relate to, which i then put into use....not like the other books Ive read. I think this book is written by a parent- and you get that sense when you read it.
After reading it- I passed it on to some friends and they all think highly of it too. Definitely recommend this book to any parent- would be parent or seasoned parent!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicki on June 29, 2012
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The book is great but it is necessary to have the addtional 6 bouses to follow through with the suggestions to change behavior. However, after 3 emails and phone calls, where the phone # is no longer part of the Democratic Parenting group, I have yet to receive my 6 bonuses or even a reply from anyone. I think it must be a scam for the additional reading material. It's disappointing becuase I would have liked to give this change in attitude for dealing with behavior problems a try. Am I the only one that has had this problem? If anyone knows how I can receive the bonuses it would be great to hear from you.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By b gerow on April 9, 2012
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Democratic Parenting is great! I'm really enjoying reading it, and I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to do so before I have my own children. In the meantime, I'll enjoy using the simple, practical approach it describes with all the kids I love in my life now.

For some time, since I started "thinking" a lot about parenting, and observing the multitude of parenting behaviours I hope I don't reproduce with my own children one day, I've felt a tinge of anxiety about "getting it right," reading the right books and "knowing how to do it." This book is reassuring me about what I knew before I started over-thinking parenting: that it is best to follow my intuition about treating the children in my life with respect in every way, taking off my "adult blinders" so I can understand them, and honouring them as they are, in the magical and precious stage of life that is childhood.

Also, the book arrived quickly, all the way up here in the NWT, Canada. Since I am in Canada, my copy was shipped from Canada even though I had ordered it from Amazon.com.

Thanks!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By molly on September 17, 2012
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Well written book. Very helpful. Loved the extra poems and quotes acknowledging issues and thoughts for parents. Get this one if looking for a parenting book.
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This book came in handy for me as I was babysitting grandchildren. One was hitting and I wanted to have a way to "fix" the problem in a helpful manner. I was given lots of good suggestions and my way of reacting and connecting with the children improved. I found it to offer sensible solutions to parents and they seemed to work for me. If nothing else, I was able to see that what I had been doing wasn't working as well as the suggestions given in this book.
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More About the Author

Formally trained in traditional Chinese medicine, I learned early on to treat the root cause of a disease, not the symptoms.

When I became a parent, my training led me to question the standard methods of parenting, from old-style authoritarianism to modern-day permissiveness. Might there not be a better way - a less stressful way that is easier on both parent and child?

My desire to be a better parent led me to do extensive research - and Democratic Parenting: A Common-Sense Guide to Raising Happy Kids is the result. It's a book that teaches parents to look for, and deal with, the root causes of potentially disruptive child behavior. I want to encourage children to be raised in positive environments that are as free from stress and as healthy as possible.

I didn't invent the term 'democratic parenting'. It's been around for a while. But what I did do, building on my background in Chinese medicine, is try to make the concept more accessible.

One of the keys to democratic parenting is understanding and meeting your child's basic needs. Children understand intuitively that their very survival depends on adults taking care of them. Positive relationships with nurturing adults are therefore essential to their wellbeing. And anything that threatens or undermines those relationships is a source of stress.

Children also have a deep and abiding sense of justice. Because they are smaller and weaker than the adults on whom they depend, they know intuitively that "might" does not make "right". Only when they perceive actions as fair will they, as children, feel they are being treated with respect.

We've all heard the expression, "It takes a village to raise a child." Not everyone in the village is a parent. We are all neighbours, friends, aunts, uncles or grandparents of children. So whether you have one child, a dozen, or none at all is not important.

What is important is recognizing that the formative childhood years are a powerful time in everyone's life, and that we all have a stake in making sure the children around us grow up under the best conditions possible.

After all we were all once children ourselves. And most of us carry around strong memories, both positive and negative, of incidents and people around us.

I want to help make sure that for the next generation of kids, as many of those memories as possible are happy ones.

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