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Positive Discipline for Preschoolers: For Their Early Years--Raising Children Who are Responsible, Respectful, and Resourceful (Positive Discipline Library) Paperback – March 27, 2007
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Positive Discipline for Preschoolers was the first PD book I read. I'd just finished reading about the 1-2-3 method and had been giving that a go for a few weeks with no real success and, frankly, a whole lot of mixed feelings about the process. So when I read the back of the PD for Preschoolers book, I was excited and yet a bit dubious....it sounded too good to be true and therefore it probably was. But I bought it anyway. That was several months ago and we haven't looked back since.
I LOVE the positive discipline method. I am living and breathing proof that it does work. The day after I finished reading the book, we completely stopped all punitive time outs and any other punitive measures we'd been (unsuccessfully) using on our almost three-year old daughter. And we began applying the PD techniques found in the book. Honestly, it felt like a huge weight had been lifted off of our family and we actually began to enjoy spending time with our daughter again. My daughter's behaviour literally improved overnight. And my husband and I felt we'd finally found a disciplinary method we could happily stick with for the foreseeable future.
Some folks have mentioned this book doesn't provide enough explanation about exactly what to do in various situations. I didn't have that problem but if you do, I highly recommend picking up the PD from A to Z book (which delves into specific solutions to specific discipline problems) and the original Positive Discipline book to get an even deeper understanding of what positive discipline is really all about.Read more ›
A note to Kindle users -- Buy the print edition. The conversion from print to e-book was not done particularly well. There are many places were the outline gets lost as this textbook-like book is read in a novel format. For example, there are summary lists in bulleted format that end up randomly placed in the text. This results in a very distracting reading experience. I imagine the conversion used an automated process without a human to check the result. Additionally, there are several key tables that are TINY on the kindle screen. Very difficult to read.
This philosophy has simple rules but they take a lot of practice and conscious effort to implement. Instead of saying "no" all the time, try to tell them what they should be doing. Using positive timeouts where you and your child take a timeout together in a peaceful and different area to reflect together on right and wrong and reaffirm love for each other. Encourage independence, encourage problem solving, encourage resolution of conflicts. Embrace emotions both good and bad and identify them verbally so they can learn emotional intelligence early, thus allowing negative emotions to be understood, expressed, and managed in healthy ways instead of with more crude ways like bottling them up or releasing them violently. Listening to your kids and respecting them so they listen to you. Modeling behavior instead of dictating it.
All this is positive. All this is healthy. Successful implementation is a total pain the butt I must admit. It is a lot slower than negative reinforcement strategies. If you beat your kid and make them feel real pain or real fear. They will never forget and learn immediately. But they also no longer think for themselves. It becomes not about doing what is right, but more just avoiding pain and fearful things. If no one is watching will they still do what is right? Positive reinforcement strategies aren't successful immediately and sometimes you have to repeat it multiple times with many failures until they finally get it.Read more ›
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Love every advice on this book. It's a blessing to have come across positive discipline. ..Published 1 month ago by Adriana
There is some good advice in this book that is very helpful. Some things were over repeated otherwise I'd recommend it.Published 1 month ago by Carmelita Mariano
Love these books. So helpful. Turned my child around immediately when I started applying these principals.Published 2 months ago by G. Roberts
Well written. A lot of good information. A different approach to raising children. I would recommend.Published 6 months ago by George Jefferson
Every parent should read – positive discipline is about creating a relationship with your child. You do not need to have power struggles and misinterpret your child's actions. Read morePublished 7 months ago by SuzanneED