"...a great addition to our school system's teacher resources. Clear, concise, common sense and appropriate for today's students. Many of our principals are making it mandatory that their teachers read this." -- Jean Gaissert, LPC, Student Assistance Program Facilitator, Clayton County Public Schools, GA
"For me, pages 102-105 about identifying a child's strengths are worth the price of admission all by themselves-but that happens again and again in this book full of great wisdom. Joyce Divinyi's views on choice and consequences are wonderfully useful and smart. -- Gavin de Becker, Bestselling author of The Gift of Fear and Protecting the Gift
"Joyce Divinyi has answers that really work for today's kids who are often times "saddled" with problems of unbelievable proportions with firmness and love. I appreciate Joyce's approach of dealing with these kids." -- Sandra Kidd, Assistant Principal, Fayette County Schools, Georgia
"Joyce has a rare understanding of the complexities of child behavior management. It is very easy to take a harsh and discipline approach, but it is more effective to be creative. I found the book very readable, practical and creative." --Jeff Turley, M.D., Board Certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist
From the Author
After completing my training as a psychotherapist, I was asked to take over the management of a therapeutic group home for adolescents. In that situation and in my experience of training thousands of parents and professionals, I have seen well meaning and caring strategies get the exact opposite response from the ones t hey were trying to achieve with difficult children. I became determined to develop new approaches to working with these kids that would not only promote appropriate behavior, but would also encourage them to strive for personal success. The most rewarding experience in working with the toughest kinds of these kids for many years is when parents and professionals say to me, "This really works." The best part of what works is that it is a "Win Win" for everyone.