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Help--My Kid is Driving Me Crazy: The 17 Ways Kids Manipulate Their Parents, and What You Can Do About It Paperback – September 1, 2009

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DAVID L. SWANSON is Professor and Head of the Department of Speech Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author (with D. Nimmo) of "New Directions in Political Communication" (1990) and (with J. Delia) of "The Nature of Human Communication" (1976).
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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: TarcherPerigee; First Edition, September 2009 edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399535268
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399535260
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #510,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. Robbins on May 29, 2010
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Every hand book that I have occasionally read or glanced through reads exactly like a book. Why shouldn't it, its at a book store. But every parent I've ever met has never had the time to sit and read a book, let alone a book on what to do when frustrating moments come to pass with raising a child. This book doesn't. It a good read for sure, but designed as a reference guide to immediately identify the problem and solution. It helps to reinforce what parents do correctly, what not to do, and how to break cycles in bad habits.

There truly are only 17 ways kids manipulate. And manipulate is not used with malicious intent, but what kids do to satisfy their wants- very simply. I sent this book to my brother and his wife after they had their first child. He felt more confident in the choices they will use to guide their child and his wife also identified some of the manipulation techniques that she noticed in either my brother or her friends and co-workers. (As in this book doesn't just work for parents to kids). She mentioned that to my parents and they read this book. They have also noticed things my brother and I have done when we were kids and how they wish this book by Dr. Swanson was available when they were raising us.

I have had the pleasure of meeting Dr. David Swanson during his book signing and found that he wrote this book not only based on 15 years as a child and family therapist, but also with his own experience as a father of three.

In short, you have only to gain in getting this book.
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This book is provides a practical guide for parents who are worn out from the daily battles of parenthood. It's amazing how easy it is to control the daily trials and little quarrels that seems "normal" during the children's growing years once you learn the tactics children use in an attempt to get what they want. Once you learn these clever manipulations, it becomes relatively easy to thwart these attempts and the previous arguments seems to fade away. By understanding what your kids really need and how you can more effectively respond to their actions, your home can be once again a more peaceful place for everyone. A must read for every parent!!
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Tells how kids manipulate their parents & how the parents can do something about it. I bought this for my daughter in NC-she has 10 yr. old twins (almost 11) that she has to tell at least
3 or 4 times before they do what they are asked & there is a lot of yelling. Hope my daughter is reading this book, but I seriously doubt it. I bought another book for her to read when the twins were much younger & they didn't have their 2 sisters now. I don't think she read that. The twins are very intelligent, but lack any form of discipline & know no social graces. I'm very concerned. I'm going to buy this book for myself at a used book store.
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I bought several books so far. This book was by far the best book I have bought. It gave me derail instructions and advice in how to deal with my children. When you have kids they do not come with instructions. I advise every parent to get this
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I bought this book as joke for my wife, really, but she read it and loved it. She said she liked it better than any other parenting/disciplining books because it looks at the issue from the kids perspective which was different and really helpful. It offered easy, real life solutions. Some of which we've already implemented with great success!
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Dear Buyer,

Finally, a book that sides with me. All this time, we have been unable to agree on how to discipline. This sets up workable ones, as my children think it's "hard labor" to all get together and fold clothes on a weekend.

JC
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Thank you Dr. OMG are you right on the money!!! It is also clear now. The fog has lifted. I see and recognize the manipulation now. I see the artistry of it all. My son is quite gifted in the delivery of his artistry. My husband and I laughed out loud as we read your book. Sometimes the laughter - really should be tears of another kind, but we chose to see it all from a humorous stand point when the issues were manipulation. We learned a lot and are constantly re-examining our responses when we are weak and he manages to break us or wear us down. We get right back up on the proverbial horse that you have provided us. Your book is not only about light hearted or gentle manipulation and does get into some very serious issues that I hope we never have to face. Whether we face them or not, there will be others in our lives that have to and it will touch us in some way. Thank you for the road map and specific exercises to employ in our defense. This book is a blessing!

R. Cesarani
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I really felt like this book covered some very thought provoking ideas on why children behave the way they do. I found at least a couple of the manipulation strategies were strategies I used regularly as a child. Imagine how helpful this book would have been for my own mother! I have a child who is very difficult for me to work with as a parent and so I have read many books on how I might better be able to parent such a strong willed child. I believe this book has been the best one I have read to date and the most logical. I was very impressed and plan on giving it to at least a couple of struggling mothers I know.
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