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It's Never Too Soon to Discipline: A Low-Stress Program That Shows Parents How to Teach Good Behavior that will Last a Lifetime Paperback – October 29, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-1582380346 ISBN-10: 1582380341 Edition: 1ST

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Golden Guides from St. Martin's Press; 1ST edition (October 29, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582380341
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582380346
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,604,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Discipline has been given a bad rap, according to author and clinical psychologist Dr. Ruth Peters. In the purest sense, discipline means "teaching," using a combination of explanation, reasoning, and action to help children understand acceptable and unacceptable behaviors, explains Peters in It's Never Too Soon to Discipline. Too many parents equate discipline with harsh reprimands, spankings, and criticism. As a result, parents who are striving to create an intimate and child-sensitive household often shy away from disciplining children. We've all seen the upshot--resentful, out-of-control children and frustrated, overwhelmed parents.

The straightforward, "low-stress" program outlined here teaches parents how the fundamentals of discipline can be applied to every stage of development, starting with defiant 1-year-olds. For babies and toddlers, Peters recommends, the most realistic tactics are to ignore the behavior, distract the child, and change the scenery. Six-year-olds respond well to negotiation, bargaining, and clear consequences. Other chapters include "Challenging Kids" (with an excellent discussion on "How Parents Lose Control"), "Outmanipulating the Manipulator," "The Smiley Face System for Ages Three Through Six," and "Single Parents and Stepfamilies." Peters's writing style is anecdote-driven and advice-laden, which can sometimes seem formulaic. Parents who are looking for deeper conversations about guiding children's behavior may also want to read Robert Coles's The Moral Intelligence of Children: How to Raise a Moral Child. --Gail Hudson

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"Too many parents today behave as though they were afraid of their children. Dr. Ruth Peters helps parents find the courage to discipline, to be proactive, and to get control of their families...and to do so early, while their children are small." --Richard and Linda Eyre, authors of Teaching Your Children Values and How to Talk to Your Child About Sex

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 28, 2000
This is a book that is getting a lot of attention for the older child version, but do people know about the one for ages 6 and under? Much like the other version, this book offers guidelines for young children. I have had much success and am a happier mother because of it! It is a must read for mothers of preschoolers! Don't miss out and miss the boat! Buy this book today.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Grass Tiger on March 15, 2006
If you have read other books about discipline this one will bring nothing new to you. I ordered it because with a title like this I thought perhaps it would give some information that I could use for my baby so we can try to curtail things early on, but the advice it gave for the first year was to simply push their hand away from what they shouldn't do and distract them. Hmmm...my baby is a little advanced for that not to mention it was quite obvious. I quickly read over the rest of the book and set it aside. It has nothing new.

Here are some examples of what you will find:

Page 34: Cardinal Rules for Parenting

1. Be consistant.

2. Take a cool, calm, and almost nonchalant attitude when giving out consequenses.

Her negative consequenses include:

1. taking away

2. time-out

3. Setting (in which she actually discusses the time a child should be in time out)

4. keeping the child in time-out

5. use of the timer

I don't think that section was titled properly.

She deals with types of parenting styles, types of children, her view of behavior management, her smilely face system for ages 3-6, sleep problems, meal time wars, and potty training. Then gives advice for dealing with specific types of inappropriate behavior and children with ADD/AHDD (only 10 pages for that) and some ideas for single parents.

The only real definite plus was that I really enjoyed quizzes that she gives quite often to see if a particular topic applies to you. They were quite fun.

Really, she just runs throught major issues and, I think, states the obvious. If you haven't read about disciplining (teaching not just punishing) children this is a standard book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dave Walsh on March 21, 2002
I bought this book because my older brother and his wife had a baby a few years back, and I wanted to know how to treat him in a way that would benefit him. I would always just spoil him, and I noticed that he would throw temper tantrums when he couldn't get what he wanted. Of course, when other people were around, the parents usually gave in to the wants of the toddler. This book educated me in how to deal with my nephew during temper tantrums (and other times when he didn't listen to his parents), and I am very excited when I see my nephew and understand how to take care of him in a way that benefits him the best.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 4, 2003
This book clearly outlines a plan of discipline that will surely make your "out of control children" sit up and take notice. Dr. Peters details many of the basic principles of good, effective discipline and that is extremely helpful though not terribly directive for parents who don't know HOW to discipline. However, continuing on into the book, you find a step by step approach to follow. I think the approach could be very effective on "out of control" children, but not so suitable for children who are generally well behaved but have a few select issues that need stronger discipline. I found no direction in tailoring the program to your specific child. I also found the use of charts and daily rewards a bit too cumbersome, and a parent would need to be very disciplined himself to follow the program perfectly... something I think many parents of undisciplined children struggle with in the first place. I question the use of daily rewards as incentive to behave. I want my children to "choose" proper behaviour because it is the right thing to do, not because they get a toy from the "grab bag". I would prefer to use a more balanced style that doesn't teach the children to expect rewards for proper behaviour. I did enjoy the book and the way Dr. Peters believes in parents taking charge of their children. It was a worthy read.
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By Deb on August 13, 2013
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Stress free discipline. Every parent should have a copy of this book. If there ever was a how-to manual that is a must-have---this is the one. Do yourself a favor---discipline without stress. Easier all the way around. These strategies work---you will not be diappointed--you will pick up this book again and again. I highly recommend it. Buy the book!
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