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Product Details

  • Series: Everything®
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: F+W Media, Inc.; First Edition edition (December 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580629784
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580629782
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,760,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Techno hippie on February 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
I am so glad I dodn't actually fork over the money for this book! I, too, found it at the library. And back it will go tomorrow!

If this is the first book you have ever read on how to discpline your children, perhaps the discpline techniques he advocates would seem wonderful or miraculous. If you have no idea what to do with your kids, and your parents' example didin't inspire you, maybe this book is a good starting point. But personally I found it over-simplified in its concepts, and too wordy on the wrong subjects. For example, he claims that star charts as a rewards mechanism always work. There is, however, quite a bit of evidence that they don't actually work well in the long run; that it is far better to get your child to want to do a certain behaviour, rather than just do it to get a little star (or whatever the reward is). He cites animal training techniques for inspiration. Having experience with dolphin training in particular, I have to tell you that the dolphins get lazy if you reward good behavior every single time they do it. The trick, I was told, is not so much in getting the dolphin to do the behaviour. The trick is to get them to WANT to do the behaviour. And we are talking about children here, not animals. Kids are often capable of a lot more than we gie them credit for, unlike most animals I've worked with. The author also simplistically tells the reader that positive reinforcement always works. I am not in any way advocating negative reinforcement, and this is perhaps one of the few points on which we agree. But I feel that making a statement like that is just too cut and dry. Is there anything in this world that ALWAYS works?

Furthermore, I found each of the age-related sections of this book way too airy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dawn L. Lewis on January 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
I'm so surprised this book has not been rated by other folks. This book is so good, it should be required reading. It has REAL advice for how you should be diciplining your children in no uncertain terms. This book is great for people who have kids from 1 to 21!!! It has GREAT advice for parents of tweens and teenagers. I have a 1 year old and a 3 year old and I just wanted to make sure I was starting off on the right foot. I was relieved when it didn't have a bunch of artifical advice for children under 3. It explains how you should be interacting with your children overall. I also liked information about anger and how to handle yourself. This book is seriously great - read it!!!
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By Mark J. Stanley on February 12, 2005
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I owned Positive Discipline for Teenagers before I bought this book. Though that is a good book, it was somewhat philosophical. I wanted specifics. The Everything Parent's Guide to Positive Discipline gave me some good pragmatic advice. It's well organized with a good table of contents and index. I was quickly able to find the author's opinion on whether or not I was on track with a punishment I'd given. His perspective made sense. Highly recommended.
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