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Emotionally Intelligent Parenting: How to Raise a Self-Disciplined, Responsible, Socially Skilled Child Kindle Edition

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Length: 272 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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If you think it's a difficult time to be a parent, consider how challenging it is to be a child in today's world. Recent studies show that children are more impulsive, disobedient, lonely, sad, irritable, and violent than ever before. The authors of Emotionally Intelligent Parenting: How to Raise a Self-Disciplined, Responsible, Socially Skilled Child assert that what's needed now is an approach called emotionally intelligent parenting. An emotionally intelligent parent, according to the authors, follows the Twenty-Four Karat Golden Rule: "Do unto your children as you would have other people do unto your children." Maurice J. Elias, Steven E. Tobias, and Brian S. Friedlander pick up where Daniel Goleman's bestselling Emotional Intelligence leaves off, translating Goleman's basic principals into specific parenting tactics for solving daily family issues. The book includes exercises for raising the family "humor quotient," becoming aware of feelings, praising and prioritizing, and coaching your child in responsible action. Emotionally Intelligent Parenting is easy to follow, and provides suggestions for parents at all levels of commitment to the concept. Parents may choose to try some or all of the exercises, or may simply find it an interesting and informative read. The "Sound 'EQ' Parenting Bites to Help with Common Family Issues" closing the book are especially sensible, profoundly compassionate, and effective. --Ericka Lutz

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The authors of this overbearing book?based on the bestselling Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman?urge parents: "Do unto your children as you would have other people do unto your children." Meaning, try to see things from the child's perspective; stop nagging, threatening and yelling to get your point across; foster positive, and discourage negative, behaviors. Although the authors, all psychologists and themselves parents, claim they are providing parents with a new way of relating to their children that's "not a fad or a gimmick or a technique," the suggestions they offer seem unnecessarily complex. If two siblings are fighting, they are sent to "chill out," the authors' variation on the endlessly described time out. The children are then required to "keep calm" (a deep-breathing exercise), fill out a Trouble Tracker Report and practice their BEST behaviors (Body posture, Eye contact, Speech, Tone of voice). In the midst of these multistep exercises, there are some good ideas, but Goleman's emotional intelligence principles seem less than pioneering in this context because most parents' guides, from Spock onward, have traveled this terrain before and offer much more practical parenting advice.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 528 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0609804839
  • Publisher: Harmony (May 18, 2011)
  • Publication Date: May 18, 2011
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004G5ZY92
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful By zoomer on January 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
When you are sad would you prefer someone to tell you to "get over it" or a hug? When feeling shy would you prefer someone to give you a shove and say "just do it already" or words of encouragment?? Children are people with feelings and this book is a great way to help parents and children recognise and express their feelings. This is a great book if you want to bring your family closer together or if oyur family was close but as your child grows it seems to be sliping away. This book has a lot of ideas but isn't a step by step 'do exactly what we say' guide but more an outline with ideas thrown in, and room to breath and make your own parenting choices.

A reader will keep in mind this book is generally geared for parents with OLDER kids. Though there is a few good ideas for toddlers it is mostly geared for children 7 and up, they also cover (on every subject) ideas to deal with children who are difficult or will not comply.

The best part of the book was that it contantly reminds parents of the childs view point, which to many parents forget!
This book covers many different areas, starting out with self control for the parent. The books focuses through out on ways for parents to control their temper and not yell at their children!! (unless its an absolute emergency)

It goes into the usefullness of humor in a situation and helps parents relax and bring a little bit of fun and joy into the family.

Then it goes into ideas on how to improve communtication in a family, bring everyone together, let everyones opinion be heard, and get children to help out around the house without constant nagging. I especially liked the idea of a family journal!!!
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92 of 126 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Wynde on July 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Any book that recommends restraining a preschooler to keep him in time out and removing privileges for a school-age child (privileges such as going outside -- hmm, my parents called that grounding) needs help. This book claims to teach emotionally intelligent parenting but it's a mess: old-fashioned parentally-imposed discipline mixed with some touchy-feely stuff. For example, "If a child does not comply with a command, repeat the command once with a warning, then place her in Chill Out if she does not comply." (pg.103) So where does the self-discipline part come in?
The book is also fluffy -- nine pages dedicated to specific jokes is overkill in a parenting book. If I wanted to read jokes, I'd get 'em on the Internet. And it was filled with psychobabble where plain English would have sufficed -- phrases as "material reinforcer" (also known as a reward) and "developmental adaptation" (changing as you grow.)
I was deeply disappointed in this book and regret the money I wasted by purchasing it. For parents seeking more useful advice, look for "Kids Are Worth It" by Barbara Coloroso.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 20, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book addresses the questions that I think all parents face. We want our children to be able to think, feel, achieve and have good relationships. This book is also the first to tell us how we can help kids make good decisions and get along with other children and adults. It provides many useful examples and its use of humor makes it fun to read.
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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful By elkayef@aol.com on March 26, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The authors make a compelling and cogent argument for the use of humor and understanding in parent/child interactions. Illustrated with useful dialogues, the concepts presented are easy to visualize and implement.
I am usually loathe to read this genre. The instant quantification of an entire field into a few pages generally does not appeal. In this book, no pretense is made. The subject matter is well circumscribed and is covered thoroughly. I highly recommend this book to any parent seeking a more effective means of communication with his child.
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