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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks; 10.2.2010 edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402242069
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402242069
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A snappy read, so you can't claim you don't have time. And the method's simple, so you can't pretend you aren't qualified to use it."
--Newsday

"It's a terrific book: logical, concrete and easy to read." --The Boston Globe

""It's a lively, engaging, helpful book that offers a look at our generation of parents and why we're tempted to indulge our children."" - Cookie Magazine

""Offers practical advice with great empathy and wit, and shows parents how they can drastically improve their family life."" -

""This concise read offers quick and easy info for parents struggling with their self-focused (aka spoiled) child, and describes helpful, pertinent and loving ways to correct spoiled behavior before it becomes a serious problem. A must-read for today's overindulgent p" - ParentWorld.com

""The book is terrific: logical, concrete, and easy to read."" - Boston Globe

""Promises to get you on your way if you follow the book's guidelines for seven consecutive days."
" - Newsday

From the Author

I aspired to take what parents and children had taught me for 30 years of practice and put it into a quick and doable plan that can quickly turn a home around.

More About the Author

Richard Bromfield, Ph.D. is on the clinical faculty of Harvard Medical School. He writes about children, families, therapy, and Asperger Disorder for parents, general readers and professionals. (See www.RichardBromfield.com to learn more about his work and books.)

Customer Reviews

This is a concise, very helpful book.
Erin's mom
Yes, we all want to be "nice parents" but the nicest thing we can do is be good parents, which means being firm sometimes.
Lucy Ditty
You will not regret spending the time to read this book!
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By D. B. on April 25, 2008
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As a mother of 3 I am constantly reading books on parenting and this one is one of the best, if not the best, I've ever read. If you have ever been in therapy and just wanted the therapist to hurry up and tell you what you need to do this is the book for you. I have read it twice so far and have seen wonderful changes in my children and myself. So many in my generation seem to be clueless about child training (myself included) and this is just what we needed.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Ned Weisman on November 25, 2007
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In simple prose, Dr. Bromfield helps unravel the complicated processes by which parents become ineffective with their children. He is very direct in pinpointing what is at stake while also helping parents understand how to reverse the pernicious effects of "spoiling." He outlines the "unspoiling" process in straightforward concepts, without minimizing the complexities but offering advice to help parents feel more competent and hopeful. I am a child therapist who has spent many years dealing with problems of "spoiled" children. I believe frustrated parents will find help and support in Dr. Bromfield's sage advice.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By P. Covington on September 18, 2010
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This amazing little book is in the process of changing our lives as a family, starting with our relations with our 9 year-old son. Few of the points it makes or the measures it recommends seem surprising as you turn the pages (but that's true of the best advice, come to think of it). Taken as a whole, the book has made it easier for us to recognize spoiling behavior and the confusion and other damage it inflicts on our little boy, to gain the insights needed for a lasting commitment to change, and to form a common front.

Reading it aloud to and with my wife was a tremendous advantage for me and, I'd like to think, for her, in that she was able to see some of the stricter side of my interactions with our son as basically other than cruel or conflictive and some of her own eagerness to make/keep him happy as not doing him any favors in the long run. I've been reminded that getting frustrated and angry does nobody any good at all. As a result, we're much happier in our relations with each other. It's wonderful to feel better able to talk with each other about something (and someone) we care so much about and not to feel undermined by the other's behavior.

Our son himself surprised both of us the other night. After surreptitiously listening outside the kitchen while we read, he came in and sat with us, sharing the reading while talking about how much he could relate. He was particularly impressed by the description of various tricks spoiled kids use to get what they want from their parents, even confessing to some devious wrinkles the author hadn't pointed out. As a result of his exposure, he now understands us better: where we're coming from, what we're trying to do and why. Which is not to say that he no longer tries to get stuff, but still...
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Kelly R. Martignetti on February 26, 2008
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I have worried about "spoiling" my children by giving them too much, doing too much, wanting somehow to help them avoid the painful moments of childhood and adolescence. My intentions are to parent well, but I sometimes forget that oftentimes that means needing to step back and allow my children to work hard, experience pain, toil, and reap the rewards of those experiences. In "How to Unspoil Your Child Fast," Dr. Bromfield illustrates the many ways to do just that. I found this book extremely helpful and upon reading it, I began to examine and tweak specific ways I parent. Dr. Bromfield writes as an expert child/family psychologist, but also as a parent himself. It is clear from this book that he has thought hard, researched, and written from his own experiences. Although my daughters like being doted on, they think I parent better--more consistently, fairly, evenhandedly--when I utilize many of Dr. Bromfield's suggestions. I highly recommend this book.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Gilby on November 17, 2009
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I purchased this book out of sheer frustration with how we had spoiled our 6-year old. The book helped me realize what a disservice we were doing to our child as well as how simple it is to correct our/her behaviors. It's a quick read, very entertaining, and worth every penny :)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steve Berczuk VINE VOICE on March 19, 2011
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You don't have to have a really "spoiled" child to find value in this book. While the title might lead you to believe that the book is about discipline applied to your child, it's as much about having the discipline as a parent to do the things that will help you be a happier family and raise a more self-motivated, engaged child. it Much of what this book says is "common sense" but it's always nice to be reminded what common sense is so that you feel less guilty about applying it. While a few things that the author suggests didn't quite resonate with me, his overall message, combined with specific suggestions seem very useful. The book is a quick read, even for a busy parent, and you can start applying the suggestions as you go before finishing the book.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By B. McCarthy VINE VOICE on July 16, 2012
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To be more accurate, the author puts forth one piece of advice and spends most of the book talking about why you should change your parenting style. The book is mostly an ad explaining why you should buy the book. If you strip out all but about one chapter, you would have parenting advice. As it is, I'd call it more of a critique on parents who do not follow his advice. The one piece of advice, which not to coddle your child, and the one useful piece of information, which is to "shock and awe" your children with one overboard piece of discipline (after which the author purports that your children will listen to you forever because they will believe you will follow through with any threat), could fill a 2 page school report. But the author takes his time giving examples of parents who don't follow his advice and how they could have done things "better." I am not taking a side on the issue, I'm merely saying that you don't need this book unless you need to be convinced that you are a bad parent in someone else's eyes.
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