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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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Product Details

  • Series: Positive Discipline Library
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 3 Rev Exp edition (March 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307341607
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307341600
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The Positive Discipline series has empowered me and my husband to be the kind of parents we want to be day-in and day-out in the face of any and all circumstances. What really struck a chord . . . is that the concepts are simply and clearly presented chapter by chapter in easy-to-read language regarding real-life everyday scenarios. Thank you very much for the contribution you have made to my family’s lives.”—Mary S. McMahon“Thank you so much; the material you provide is so valuable. I have seen such marvelous results with my son in the past few months. For me, one of my biggest priorities is to help him develop into who he is as a person, and not smother his identity or confidence. Your methods have been such a valuable tool in enabling me to accomplish this.” —Maureen Pramanik“When I first became a parent, about six and a half years ago, I fell upon your books and have thoroughly enjoyed them. I have given many of your books as gifts to my friends and family because they teach kids to think for themselves, be responsible, resilient, capable, considerate, etc. Your books have really helped me learn the skills I want to become a better parent.” —Teresa Bouchard

About the Author

Jane Nelson, Ed.D., is a licensed marriage, family, and child therapist, and an internationally known speaker. Cheryl Erwin, M.A., a licensed marriage and family therapist, is the author or coauthor of nine books on parenting as well as a popular speaker, trainer, and parenting radio personality. Roslyn Ann Duffy founded and codirected the Learning Tree Montessori Childcare and has written adult and children’s texts, as well as the internationally circulated column “From a Parent’s Perspective.

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Customer Reviews

I wish more parents would read this book.
Helen Gonzalez
Positive Discipline for Preschoolers is a wonderful guide for parents and teachers who want to lead their children on the path of good behavior without yelling.
Sherry Ellis
Originally, I'd just purchased the A-Z version of the book but ended up buying each age-appropriate version and they are worth it.
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86 of 87 people found the following review helpful By J. Meegan VINE VOICE on April 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
When my first daughter was born in May of 2006, my husband and I agreed we wanted to find a discipline method that fit our style, actually worked, and was easy to understand and put in place. Enter Positive Discipline.

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.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Johnnyloops on June 12, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The discipline techniques presented in this book are helpful, however, in this very large book, I was disappointed to find few meaningful examples. Each "issue" generally only had one example. And for the scenarios that are presented, I wish they were further developed and related to the extensive introductory material in the book. Instead, I'd estimate that 75%of this book is dedicated to topics such as birth order, uniqueness of family structure, different qualities of a child's temperment/ personality, etc. There are chapters on the ill effects of technology, ill effects of sugar in a child's diet, etc. I suppose that's all good and relevant information, but not really why I bought the book. Topics that I was interested in, however, such as a child acting out when a new baby is brought home, focused more on the parents perspective. Instead of giving a thorough treatment of specific examples with how to deal with the behavior, I was told to make time for myself. Again, I suppose that's a good idea, but doesn't directly help me solve the problem at hand. The same for potty training, which the authors choose to take on. The book recommends that a parent be patient and handle accidents with kindness, which is all great, but fails to provide meaningful, specific guidance.

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.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 19, 2013
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I own pretty much all the positive discipline books from Jane Nelsen, but have read many other philosophies. She has a very solid head on her shoulders and gives well grounded and healthy advice. It feels much more natural and sensible than love and logic (which I believe is more geared towards older kids 8-16yo).

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.
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