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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Puddledancer Press (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781892005090
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892005090
  • ASIN: 1892005093
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.8 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D. is the internationally acclaimed author of Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, and Speak Peace in a World of Conflict. He is the founder and educational director of the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC). He travels throughout the world promoting peace by teaching these remarkably effective communication and conflict resolution skills. He is based in Wasserfallenhof, Switzerland.

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Marshall Rosenberg, Ph.D. has initiated peace programs in war-torn areas throughout the world including Rwanda, Burundi, Nigeria, Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, the Middle East, Serbia, Croatia, and Ireland. He is the founder and director of educational services for the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC), an international nonprofit organization that offers workshops and training in 30 countries. Dr. Rosenberg is the author of Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life (2nd edition, PuddleDancer Press, 2003).

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It contained much less information that a typical Sunday newspaper article.
J. Davoust
This is a very concise little book that is written in friendly, conversational prose, as if the author were a good friend talking to you on your couch.
Jean Grey
This book is helpful in adapting nonviolent communication techniques to use with parenting children.
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127 of 129 people found the following review helpful By Jean Grey on August 20, 2005
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This is a very concise little book that is written in friendly, conversational prose, as if the author were a good friend talking to you on your couch. As a busy, attachment-minded mother, I liked that it took me only half an hour or so to read, but I found myself spending more time reflecting on the lessons in the book because they were not what I was accustomed to thinking, even with my education and training as a psychotherapist. For example, our purpose-driven, aggressive society is not used to taking the time to speak very consciously and be aware of all the judgments we automatically make in our minds that manifest in our speech. This book is about becoming more aware of how we treat our children (we would seldom treat even a stranger with the everyday brusqueness and condescension we show our children, for example, the author states). I liked the small examples of everyday life that the author takes from his own experiences with his children. He talks about how our requests for things are actually thinly guised demands, and writes, "One of the most unfortuante results of making our objective to get our children to do what we want, rather than having our objective be for all of us to get what we want, is that eventually our children will be hearing a demand in whatever we are asking." The problem here is not honoring people's autonomy, which is an innate human quality that becomes threatened whenever we sense we are being forced or pushed into something. To become more effective, compassionate parents who enjoy our kids rather than resent their "disobedience", the author show us ways to guide them in life while respecting their autonomy and basic human needs to make independent choices.Read more ›
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 12, 2008
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I have Nonviolent Communication so this book was somewhat redundant for me. $6. for what is basically a glossy pamphlet with just the most basic of information seems like a waste of my money, AND if I'd had to pay shipping on it as well I would have felt even more ripped off. There are only 23 pages of actual information in this "booklet". This is something that should be available in a much less expensive format as a handout to parents in doctors' offices and social services where it could really make a difference to families. It is geared to people who can't or don't have the time to read much at all. It was about a 20 minute read, which might be right for people with a lot of kids, who also probably need this information the most. But, if you already have the original book, save your money.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ld Raap Van Heijden on March 8, 2007
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The topic is of great importance and the message is clear.

This book(let) is not widely useful with very young kids, but I like to have the non-violent communication luggage on board early on; I am sure it will come in handy once my kids grow to be the age that I be tempted to threaten or bribe them! However, I think I need to read some more of Rosenberg's to fully understand his paradigm and communication guidelines.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J. Davoust on December 19, 2010
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Recommended by a friend, I ordered this online sight unseen. I didn't realize that it was a pamphlet that I read in about 10 minutes. It contained much less information that a typical Sunday newspaper article. I agree with the subject matter, it was well presented, and it may be important enough that every parent should read it. That being said, the author and publisher should be giving this away. Honestly, to charge for this pamphlet is ridiculous.

The ideas are important. The message was important. The author must not think they are important enough to share with everyone, only those willing to pay a quarter a page.
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This is a short overview of very interesting themes regarding raising children using non-violent communication (NVC) philosophy. Sadly, the author never tries to expand them, and the whole purpose of this publication, it seems, is to orient the reader to buy other NVC books.

As a reader, I was under the impression that I was reading a well-written draft of what might be an excellent manual. At the end of a 30-minute reading I was left with a sour taste. Especially at the end, with many pages used for advertising other similar pamphlets.

If you are interested in raising children within NVC philosophy, I strongly suggest avoiding this book, and investing in the title "Respectful Parents, Respectful Kids: 7 Keys to Turn Family Conflict into Co-operation" by Sura Hart and Victoria Kindle Hodson, 2006, which deals with basically the same NVC principles in much more in-depth approach.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sequoia on October 27, 2008
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This little gem could serve as a useful entry point to Rosenberg's sometimes arcane philosophy, since parenting is the one relationship we can't simply walk away from. You're motivated.

In this day and age, overt prejudice is shrinking, but there are a few that persist: The belief that children don't deserve the same respect as adults is almost universal, as Rosenberg shows early in this book. What if your child was your equal in some important way, that allowed you to still be their guide, but not their owner?

With any luck, you who are reading this will someday be dead and your child will not. Children are our replacements, and as such, they want the exact same thing that we want: to grant us a kind of immortality. There is not, therefore, any basis for competition between parent and child. There is no conflict of interest.

Master that in regards to parenting, and you may find that you can use it everywhere. Where is Jesus today, or Thoreau, or Ghandi? This is what "Advanced Getting Along" looks like in the 21st century.
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