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“Parenting books are like diet books: They work for a while and then you're back to blimpdom. Duct Tape Parenting seems like something else – an idea that's workable for the long run, because, at base, it believes in the kids themselves.” (Lenore Skenazy, founder of the book and blog, Free-Range Kids)
“Duct Tape Parenting is for every parent who's grown tired of picking up after the kids, taming sibling squabbles, and doing all the work around the house. In an age of overly involved parents, Vicki Hoefle offers a battle cry of sanity. I read her book in one weekend, immediately put her wisdom to use, and saw results right away. I was stunned. If you want to change the dynamic in your household and nurture self-reliant, thoughtful, and resilient children, read this book.” (Katherine Ozment, contributing editor and weekly columnist for Boston Magazine)
"Vicki Hoefle does an amazing job in Duct Tape Parenting of providing relatable, helpful advice. Her approach is unique and extremely thought provoking. This is a must-read for parents who are tired of advice that does not work and need a re-charge for their families." (Vanessa Van Petten, author, RadicalParenting.com)
“In this gem of a book, Vicki Hoefle gives parents a commonsense approach to raising respectful, responsible and resilient children. Her lighthearted, down to earth manner helps parents clarify their goals for their families, understand the roots of behavior and develop a path to creating a happy, healthy and supportive family life.” (Amy Lew, PhD, author of Raising Kids Who Can)
“The most important family dynamic that we have achieved as a result of Vicki Hoefle’s approach is one of mutual respect. We feel like a team, like four people who can depend upon each other. This book is a must-read for any family who is looking to create a supportive unit built on honesty and trust.” (Katy Smith Abbott, Dean of Students & Assistant Professor of the History of Art and Architecture, Middlebury College)
“An informative and irreverent guide, this book is a must-read for anyone who wants to raise resilient, problem-solving children. Vicki Hoefle offers a Goldilocks way forward: not too much parenting, not too little, just right.” (Craig Idlebrook, writer and parent-educator with the Boot Camp for New Dads Project. www.bootcampfordads.org)
“If you are interested in more positive family relationships and raising capable children who will courageously step into adulthood, take the opportunity to read this book. It is never too late to change your life.” (Cindy Pierce, mother, innkeeper, comic, author of Finding the Doorbell, Sexual Satisfaction for the Long Haul)
“This is a must-read for every parent, parent educator, and teacher. The exercises help you identify the problem and the little reminders tell you exactly what to do (‘putting on the duct tape’), when to do, and why to do. As a counselor and educator, I recommend this book wholeheartedly to every parent and any individual who works with children. The ideas are so applicable, that I will use some of them in my classes, even at the graduate level! And as a parent my duct tape is ready…finally.” (Bengu Erguner-Tekinalp, PhD, assistant professor, Counselor Education, Drake University)
“Rarely does a book come along that offers parents solid information about why a parenting style is so important, tools and tips that make it easy to try, and inspiration that keeps us afloat as we find our way. Vicki Hoefle is the real deal. She’s parented five kids and taught thousands of parents with this approach. This book should definitely be on the top of your stack!” (Dina Emser, Certified Positive Discipline Lead Trainer, author of Roadmap to Success and Trusting the Fortune Within)
"Hoefle's straightforward approach to empowering our children debunks the parenting myths that often cause unnecessary stressors that are all too common within families. Her techniques and highly identifiable case studies demonstrate that it is possible for parents to have mutually respectful relationships with their children, while lovingly engaging with them and providing the knowledge that builds their abilities, confidence and independence." (Dawn Lyons, freelance writer & editor, teen consultant & advocate, www.linesbylyons.com)
If you are a parent, thinking of becoming a parent, work with kids or even just spend time with kids-get this book!
Finally she has put in book form all the strategies that parents in her classes have learned really work to raise respectful, responsible, and resilient kids.
This book has a down to earth, and common sense approach to parenting but it is presented in a TOTALLY new and unique way.
I did not like the idea that the author encourages parents to delay response to crying and to force independence in order to avoid labels that people will put on your child. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Molly Burke
Once I read this book, it's simple philosophy has stuck to my mind. The whole point of parenting is to raise confident kids who can deal with life's problems confidently. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Aruna
Some of this makes a lot of sense, but some it impossible at times. I should have started at younger ages!Published 3 months ago by debi
The general idea presented in this book is to back off and let kids be themselves. The author suggests minimizing your interference, such as yelling, correcting, nagging, etc. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Cathy Greunke
Have been using this guideline - in fits and starts - for a couple of months, mostly observing what my children can and cannot (or choose not) to do. It works. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Nina B
Don't buy this book if you're having usual toddler issues. She claims that she doesn't promote bribing, but then tells you to bribe your kid to stop their tantrums by yelling out... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Guadalupe Gonzalez
This book was pitched to me by many. Yes, I like the idea of kids being independent and being able to "practice"at home. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amy J. Robertson