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Psychologist Walsh (Why Do They Act That Way?), president and founder of the National Institute on Media and the Family, tackles a tough subject in this book on how parents can say "no" to their kids and why they should. Walsh argues that we are raising our children in a "Yes" culture that gives kids the message that they can and should have whatever they want whenever they want it. But scientific research, the author contends, reveals that children's brains are primed to learn the concept of "no" early on; in fact, Walsh points out, instant gratification is not the path to resiliency or success. On the contrary, our "yes" culture leads to disappointment and failure when kids later learn that they can't always have their way. Walsh's approach fosters such qualities as perseverance, patience and commitment, emphasizing a balanced parenting style that is neither predominantly negative nor permissive. In age-by-age chapters, he chronicles the developmentally appropriate use of the word, revealing how it helps children grow into self-disciplined, well-adjusted adults. Peppered with anecdotes of other parents' struggles as well as examples from raising his own three kids, Walsh's reassuring voice will give parents the courage to just say "No"—and mean it. (Jan.)
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"This superb book combines science, psychology, and direct experience with adolescents to create a warmhearted, intelligent, and practical guide. Parents will find it immensely informative, reassuring, and useful. I highly recommend it!" -- Edward Hallowell, MDSee all Editorial Reviews
Excellent book for teachers, parents, and anyone else who works, lives, or know kids.Published 2 months ago by Cathleen R. Wells
This can be helpful as there are some good points of how and why parents need to learn to say know.Published 15 months ago by Love Amazon
I'll be the first to admit that my liberal political bent does not cross over into the parenting arena. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Vintagemama
I have read this book several times and always learn something new. It is a great book for helping parents understand that "no" is a word their children NEED to hear. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Linda S. Davidson
As always Dr. Walsh's presentation is enlightening, at at the same time easy to understand and apply in one's own life. Read morePublished 23 months ago by William Ollendike
It seems, parents, with their unconscious guilt of spending too much time/energy at work, think they can assuage that guilt with gifts, privileges, and "friendship" with... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Judith Archer