- 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: 6.8 x 0.7 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,790,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Everything Parent's Guide To Positive Discipline: Professional Advice for Raising a Well-Behaved Child Paperback – December 1, 2003
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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.Read more ›
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I borrowed book from the library and renewed it twice because I did not want to give it up.
Finally purchased one for myself. Great reference guide.