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In this down-to-earth guide, parenting expert Michele Borba offers advice for dealing with children's difficult behavior and hot button issues including biting, temper tantrums, cheating, bad friends, inappropriate clothing, sex, drugs, peer pressure, and much more. Written for parents of kids age 3-13, this book offers easy-to-implement advice for the most important challenges parents face with kids from toddlers to tweens.
Each of the 101 issues includes clear questions, specific step-by-step solutions, and advice that is age appropriate.
Top Ten Proven Parenting Solutions
Content from Dr. Michele Borba
1. Get attention: Lower your voice almost to a whisper and then say your request. Kids aren’t used to a quiet request.
2. Increase positive behavior: Research shows that giving kids the right kind of praise (called “positive reinforcement”) is one of the best ways to shape new behavior. So, catch your kid doing the action you want. Just make sure your praise is specific and tells your child exactly what he did right. (Adding “because” or “that” takes your praise up a notch. “I’m so impressed that you started your homework all by yourself this time.”)
3. Stretch persistence: Praising the child’s effort (“You’re working so hard”) and not inherent intelligence (”You’re so smart”) is proven to enhance perseverance and performance, but the child is also more likely to bounce back from a mistake—all because he feels success is not mixed.
4. Reduce fear: Expose your child to a fear in small manageable doses and help them develop a statement to speak back to the worry (“Go away worry!” or “I can do this!”)
5. Curb a tantrum: The longer you give attention to a tantrum the longer it lasts. Ignore, ignore, ignore!
6. Nurture kindness: Encourage your child to use the Two Praise Rule everyday. “Say or do at least two kind things to someone.” Random acts of kindness really are catchy!
7. Increase assertiveness: Stress: “Look at the color of the talker’s eyes.” Using eye contact helps kids appear confident. Strong body posture also helps a child be less likely to be bullied.
8. Friendship builder: The two most commonly used traits of well-liked kids are “smiling” and “encouraging.” Reinforce those traits in your child to boost his friendship quotient.
9. Develop healthy eating habits. Eating relaxed family meals regularly enhances kids’ psychosocial well- being, boosts grades and deters behaviors like smoking and drinking and eating disorders as well as teaches the child healthy eating habits.
10. Curb nagging. Say "no" the first time and don’t back down. The average kid nags nine times knowing the parent will give in.
Love this book. So many straight to the point advice. I teach parenting classes and use this book regularly to answer parent's questions.Published 17 days ago by Laura
I bought this book for my daughter who will soon be a parent. Hopefully with the help of this book she and her husband will not make some of the same mistakes her dad and I made!Published 3 months ago by Janice Packard
I guess it was okay. Can't say anything else about it since I don't remember ordering it. Don't even know why I needed it!!!Published 4 months ago by Mema
The solutions in this book work well for my granddaughter. The thing with this as with may other parenting books is consistency. If you're not consistent, nothing will work. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Frankie Rosenthal
Dr. Borba is a national known child psychologist and leader on child problem behaviors. This book is huge and covers every topic you can imagine. I would highly recommend it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Sharon
Once again Michele Borba has touched on every topics parent needs...wants...and enjoys. We love her work on parentingbookmark.com and her tips on the Today Show are wonderful!Published 18 months ago by Parentingbookmark Mom