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Gentle Discipline Paperback – July 30, 1995


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Meadowbrook; Original edition (July 30, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671527010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671527013
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #586,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amy Donoghue on November 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
Ms. Lighter has written an easy to read, common sense approach to child discipline. She stresses natural consequences and positive reinforcement. She gives many techniques that help parents teach their children appropriate behavior. As an elementary school teacher, I have recommended this book to parents who have found it to be extremely helpful in disciplining their young children. In my experience, Ms. Lighter's book has brought some harmony to homes that use her Ways. Ms. Lighter's book is written in a very easy to read format and is inexpensive.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 24, 1999
Format: Paperback
Lighter should be training pigeons, not children. Her slight book offers unrealistic, simplistic examples of interactions with children, has a self-important author's voice, and little compassion. She suggests making an adolescent coming home late spend the night in the garage, for example. If I were that adolescent I would have a key to let myself in the house, but subjected to this kind of life, I might choose to move elsewhere. Basically the author is devoted to the concept of positive reinforcement with total parental control. More caring, respectful paths are described in other books. The trees to make this book were wasted. . .
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I used to work in the domestic violence field, and this book is a great asset for parents needing non-violent alternatives to the sometimes violent parenting we learned from our own parents. Those violent disciplinary actions also stand in contradiction with building a more peaceful world. The techniques in the book work! My co-workers and I have used Lighter's techniques and guidelines on the children who lived in our shelter who witnessed or were survivors of parental abuse, and the children flourish under Lighter's advice. Children from more peaceful homes benefit from Lighter's examples, too!
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By Anne W. on April 20, 2014
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This book outlines the basics of good direction giving and responding to children. Will it solve every problem - No. But I have used this book for years with parents, and I am now ordering a second. For serious problems I also use The Nurtured Heart, which uses some of the same approaches as this book but with greater intensity..
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