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Have a New Kid by Friday: How to Change Your Child's Attitude, Behavior & Character in 5 Days Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Revell; Reprinted edition (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800719026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800719029
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (309 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

Today's kids are unionized, and they've got a game plan to drive you up the wall.

But you don't have to let them call the shots.


If you picked up this book, you did so for a reason. You'd like to see a few things--or many--change in your house. Have a New Kid by Friday is a game plan guaranteed to work. All it takes is sticking to some simple strategies--strategies any parent can carry out.

I'll be blunt. You've got a big job to do and a short window in which to do it. If you believe that you are to be in healthy authority over your child, this book is for you. If you don't, put it down right now and buy another.

After you read Have a New Kid by Friday, you'll tell yourself, "I can't wait for my kids to misbehave. I'm ready for them!" I promise.

Let the fun begin. . . .

From the Back Cover

Change your child's behavior--fast!

Want a kid without the attitude? Without the behavior that makes you slink away in the grocery store and pretend you're not the parent? A kid with character who isn't a character? If you're tired of defiant attitudes and power struggles with your little ankle-biters or the disrespectful hormone group, read this book and follow the simple principles, and you'll have a new kid by Friday. Guaranteed!

Have a New Kid by Friday is your 5-day action plan--Monday through Friday--that really works! With his signature wit and commonsense psychology, internationally recognized family expert Dr. Kevin Leman reveals why your kids do what they do and what you can do about it--starting right now.

Anyone can do it. All it takes is you deciding to stand up and take charge. Want a great kid? Want to be a great parent? Then take the 5-day challenge. Someday your kid will thank you for it.

Special Feature: "Ask Dr. Leman"
Gutsy advice on over 100 of the hottest topics for parents, including bedtime battles, lying, argumentative attitudes, sibling rivalry, talking back, and many more.

More About the Author

Dr. Kevin Leman, an internationally known psychologist, radio and television personality, and speaker, has taught and entertained audiences worldwide with his wit and commonsense psychology. The best-selling and award-winning author has made house calls for hundreds of radio and television programs, including "The View" with Barbara Walters, "The Today Show," "Oprah," CBS's "The Early Show," "Live with Regis Philbin," CNN's "American Morning," and "LIFE Today" with James Robison, and he has served as a contributing family psychologist to "Good Morning America." He is the founder and president of Couples of Promise, an organization designed and committed to helping couples remain happily married. Dr. Leman is also a charter faculty member of iQuestions.com. He has written over 30 best-selling books about marriage and family issues, including "The Birth Order Book" and "Sheet Music: Uncovering the Secrets of Sexual Intimacy in Marriage." Dr. Leman and his wife, Sande, live in Tucson. They have five children.

Customer Reviews

The book reads quickly!
V. Lubkeman
It's more about teaching us to be better parents that in turn help us to raise better well behaved kids.
Dianne Reimal
Dr Leman has simple, practical advice that is easy to put to use.
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277 of 286 people found the following review helpful By irish girl on March 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book saved me. What is more embarrassing than your mother-in-law buying you a book on parenting, but I was so desperate I picked it up and read it in 2 nights. I started implementing the ideas immediately and get this....I saw an instant change in my daughter's behavior! I was in this huge battle with her everyday and didn't even see how wrong I was to try and do battle with a 3 year old, but she is so strong-willed and I dug my heels in. I was going about it all wrong. I am so incredibly grateful for this book! I started reading it on Saturday night and saw such a significant change in her behavior by Thursday!! I liked how the book gave very specific and useful techniques and how I didn't ever get mad or angry like I was before. I just needed to refine my skills. I have read Dr. Leman's book, Sheet Music, and now I can say I'm a fan. Sheet music saved my marriage, and this book saved my relationship with my daughter. I would highly recommend it!
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161 of 169 people found the following review helpful By Perils of Pauine on March 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
My best friend, a Mother of 6 year old twins & a 3 year old couldn't stop talking about how this book, HAVE A NEW KID BY FRIDAY, made her a new Mom and changed her kids behavior. I thought sure, but you don't have teenagers like me. She insisted that I could use some of the strategies and techniques too, so I picked up the book. Dr. Leman has such a firm, lighthearted way of describing his interventions even with teens. I especially liked his simple strategy of "Say it once, Turn your back, & walk away! Now I have more good times with my kids and our family has become so calm and peaceful. What a great attitude change I have seen in my 2 teens. If you want to have more positive relationships with your kids, I highly recommend this book!
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122 of 143 people found the following review helpful By loves to read on March 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I battled my daughter for years over the same issues: getting her up for school on time, getting her to eat and fighting with her over bedtime. I read Dr. Leman's book in one sitting, got excited about the prospect of having a different child on my hands and was simply amazed at the turn around in my daughter Jessica. Following the simple principles of this book encouraged me that I can continue to be a good mom, feeling good about myself for not having to yell and scream like I have for years. I have a daughter who I KNOW feels better about herself because of the changes I've made as a mom. My husband travels and won't be home until Fri. and I can't wait for him to see the difference in our daughter. I felt compelled to write this and I'm telling all of my friends at my daughter's gymnastic class about the positive changes in my life.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Erica Anderson on April 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This morning we were in for our usual get up, get dressed, get out the door battle with our nine year old daughter, but I decided to go ahead and get started with the "Say it once, turn your back and walk away" and HOLY COW! It worked. I can't wait to get through the rest of this book.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Myron Uecker on October 25, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a great book and much of the time it felt like the author was talking directly to me. I believe it will work but I'm waiting for my wife to get a chance to read it so we can work together on the plan with our children. I recognize a lot of bad habits in both of us that can be fixed.

I'm taking away one star because of the Kindle formatting. There is the "Ask Dr. Leman" section with an index of topics, however, the page numbers are for the printed book, not the Kindle edition. That makes that section very difficult to use without reading straight through. It is meant to be used as a reference and not necessarily read straight through. I have already left feedback with Amazon requesting that it be changed. If that is fixed, it will make the Kindle edition a lot more useful.
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73 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on April 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Want a kid without attitude? If you're tired of defiant attitudes and power struggles with your little ankle-biters or the disrespectful hormone group, read this book and follow the simple principles, and you'll have a new kid by Friday. Guaranteed! (from the back cover)

Have a New Kid by Friday is a five-day plan, Monday through Friday, that Dr. Leman swears really works. He shows us:

* Why kids act the way they act
* The 3 most important things every parent wants, and how to teach them
* 3 simple strategies for success
* 3pillars of self-worth and how to develop them
* Be the shrink--launch what you learned on your unsuspecting child

At the end of the book an A-to-Z appendix offers straightforward advice and gutsy plans of action on the hottest parenting topics--including bedwetting to talking back and much more.

I love this book! The first day I picked it up, I read the introduction and the chapter for Monday (there are chapters for Monday through Friday) and I already saw some areas where I was going wrong with my teenagers. I implemented a change right away, and the result was positive. Dr. Leman's plan of action actually works.

If you are having problems (or just want to stop problems before they start) with a child of any age level, then pick up a copy of Have a New Kid by Friday. This book is guaranteed to work--if you follow it's principles.

Armchair Interviews says: Good help for any parent.
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46 of 55 people found the following review helpful By ChicagoFan on April 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I am a Middle School Principal here in the Chicagoland area. A parent of one of my students gave me this book to read. I enjoyed it so much and found the ideas to be so worthy, that I bought several copies for our school to use for teacher in-service training on discipline and responsibility. We also put several copies in the office for parents to check out to assist them in raising respectful kids. This is a great book and I would highly recommend it to anyone who works with kids and certainly to any parent! We are also looking into having Dr. Leman to our school for a parents night out seminar.
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