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Praise for Four Weeks to a Better-Behaved Child

"An invaluable resource for parents in their attempts to find the most effective ways of disciplining their children."
--Robert Brooks, Ph.D., faculty, Harvard Medical School, and author of Raising Resilient Children

"Cristine Chandler has developed an easy-to-read, step-by-step approach that will make you pause before trying time-out and other time-honored but ineffective techniques of discipline."
--Myrna Shure, Ph.D., author of Raising a Thinking Child and Thinking Parent, Thinking Child

"An informative and easy-to-read guide for parents. The four Cs to discipline offer a clear strategy for raising well-behaved and resilient children."
--Nicholas Long, Ph.D., Professor of Pediatrics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and coauthor of Parenting a Strong-Willed Child

Shouting, talking back, hitting, and slamming doors are not unusual behaviors for small children, but they don't have to be a way of life either. Four Weeks to a Better-Behaved Child is based on the positive premise that children behave well when they understand clearly what is expected of them and are held accountable. Here you'll discover:

  • How to encourage your child to turn desirable behaviors into regular habits
  • How to discourage your child from repeating unwanted behaviors
  • When and why certain discipline techniques work (or fail to work)
  • The Cool Down technique, and why it's more effective than Time Out
  • The four Cs of discipline: clear, consistent, contingent, consequences

About the Author

Cristine Chandler, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist with more than 25 years of experience. Her private practice focuses on families and children, and about half of her clients come to her to address discipline issues. She lives in Philadelphia.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (April 9, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071435751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071435758
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #975,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This has been the one thing that has worked the most for us.
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The book explains four basic concepts for disciplining children--and how to apply them in the real world.
Anne
It is a smart book, written clearly and the techniques it gives you are simple and kind and they work.
Emmy Podunovich

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Anne on July 20, 2004
Format: Paperback
As the mother of four-year-old twin boys, this book was really helpful to me. I was very frustrated by how often I found myself yelling at my children, not to mention upset by how often they yelled back at me! This book offered an alternative to all that anger, and helped my to change the way I interact with my kids. The book explains four basic concepts for disciplining children--and how to apply them in the real world. In some of her examples, I could swear she was in my living room, describing my family; it was very real, and therefore very helpful. I also appreciated that the book was to the point, and did not go on and on. I don't have a lot of time to read about parenting, I'm too busy doing it. And this book was very valuable in terms of giving me more ways to be a better parent.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lisa T. Guyer on May 11, 2004
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I can't tell you the difference this book has made in our lives in not even four weeks! Within two days of finishing the book, my son was not only better behaved, but my husband and I were changing the way we responded to him and our other children. This book not only reenforces things you know, but may not always remember to use, but also teaches simple new ideas about discipline and childrens behavior. Focusing on the positive and praising "expected behaviors" has made a huge difference in all of our lives! I highly recommend this book! You will see a difference in your childrens behavior AND in yourself in no time!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 3, 2004
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I found the book easy to read, interesting and most importantly full of useful suggestions. The examples are especially good in relating the philosophical discussion to the real world.
The good news is that her ideas work !
It's great to find a couple of simple rules which change a difficult if not impossible situation around so quickly.
Everybody seems to win here.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By JoAnne Pedro-Carroll, Ph.D on May 14, 2004
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Dr. Chandler's book provides a clear, compassionate and empowering message to parents about how they can foster their children's positive behavior and healthy development. Based on sound research and theory but written in a delightfully clear and engaging way, this book is a much needed guiding light for all parents, practitioners, and anyone who works with children. The "four Cs" of discipline described in the book are key ingredients for raising responsible, well adjusted children. Dr. Chandler's book is filled with wisdom and positive alternatives to anger and punishment that is sure to help parents and children have more positive exchanges, fewer power struggles, and ultimately result in healthier family realtionships. As a psychologist working for the past 25 years with children and families, I highly recommend this book as a "must read" for every parent and anyone who cares about children's well-being. This book is a gift that is filled with enduring wisdom for current parents and future generations.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. M. Sorenson on January 26, 2009
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I bought and read this book four years ago and it is the best book I've read on helping my child behave! I tell moms about this book all the time. It sits by my bedside table so that I can refer to it and refresh my memory about the techniques for older children as my boys grow up.

My eldest son was 18 months old when he started acting out. He hit us, slammed his head on the ground and walls, screamed non stop and was very difficult to handle. Not only that, but it turned out that he was speech and language delayed until he turned four. Despite his speech problems, the simple techniques and the gentle handling of our son (encouraged by the book) was easy for him to understand! The simple actions and words (even though he may not have understood) taught him what would happen if he misbehaved.

There is no yelling and no hitting in this system. It's gentle and firm and allows the child to know exactly what would happen if he misbehaves.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Shaun's Mom on March 13, 2006
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I thought this book had really good ideas for keeping your child happy and well behaved. Although it states ages 2-10, it seemed like this book was geared more toward older kids age 4-10. My son is only 2 years old and didn't fit alot of the solutions that were offered. There was one idea I did follow that has definitely worked! Other than that I'll have to wait until he's older to really use the information given. I will definitely refer back to this book again when the time comes!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Emmy Podunovich on April 15, 2008
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I rarely write reviews of books on Amazon - who has the time? But this book is so helpful, so clear and so effective, that I had to take a moment and speak up. It is a smart book, written clearly and the techniques it gives you are simple and kind and they work. I'm seeing big results in just a few weeks. My house is a much nicer place to be. I am a much nicer mom. And most importantly, my daughter is the sweet girl she really wants to be, now that she's got some clear limits and some concrete ways to get good attention from me.
I can't recommend this book highly enough. It's a lifesaver.
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