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Focusing in turn on babies, toddlers, young children, older children, adolescents, and kids with special circumstances (including adoption and learning disabilities), the Piepers argue effectively that "tough love" doesn't work, and that parents will get more cooperation if they focus on their child's inner happiness and "avoid unnecessary confrontations with children about behavior for which they will eventually assume responsibility." While this approach may initially feel radical to some, the Piepers' clear explanations and force of research and practice will win converts to their gentle, strong approach. The Piepers write, "Time-outs, restrictions, punishments, and other forms of discipline are based on the assumption that being too nice to children who are 'misbehaving' will encourage and reward bad behavior." Instead of discipline (or permissiveness), the authors recommend that parents parent by "loving regulation," an alternative approach to out-of-control behavior that stops the behavior immediately but doesn't deprive the child of parental warmth or admiration. Smart Love will help parents raise confident, resourceful, and compassionate children. --Ericka Lutz --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book has been incredibly helpful to me as I navigate the toddler years. Rather than focus on ways that parents can change the behavior of their children, it helps the reader... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kate G
This book is outdated and the practices aren't realistic. They try to spin "smart love" as a unique philosophy but it isn't trail blazing or anything that a commercial... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kelly
I read this book when my daughter was born. It really helped me put in words and then in action what I already felt but for some reason society said I shouldn't be doing. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Soledad Ramos
I listened to this book on audible and really enjoyed it. The parenting approach goes along pretty much with some of the other parenting book I admire: Peaceful Parent, Happy... Read morePublished on September 16, 2013 by A. Parker
I kept borrowing this from the library and decided I should have it on hand. It was just as I expected.Published on June 9, 2013 by aquibabe
This book was published a while ago and I have personally experienced the wisdom and applicability of the Piepers' advice with my children and grandchildren. Read morePublished on May 1, 2013 by J. Muhlenberg
This item was shipped in time and I am able to review as needed. Everyone has different parenting rules, but we must remember we are a product of our parents.... Read morePublished on December 5, 2012 by Green 24