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The Omnipotent Child Paperback – January 1, 1987


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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Palmer (1987)
  • ISBN-10: 0889257450
  • ISBN-13: 978-0889257450
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,553,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We thought we were building great self-esteem in our child.
Cheryl
I can honestly say this book is the best I have ever read on the subject.
Sarah Jones
I agree that some of the book is outdated by today's standards.
M. Rose

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 12, 1999
Format: Paperback
About a year ago my husband and I realized our sweet little girl had some behaviour problems. We believed we were providing a balance of discipline and love and lots of attention to our child and therefore could not figure out why she was so out of control. As an infant she had been assessed as a "spirited child", which she still is. We took the advice of an infant behaviour therapist, along with the advice in the book "Raising your Spirited child" and just accepted that our daughter was special (that has not changed), and that we could not expose her to standard discipline. By the time she was 4 1/2 we needed help handling her. Our pediatrician recommended we start giving our daughter some consquences to bad behaviour and to stop treating her as a mini adult and most importantly , read this book. I did. I could not believe my eyes. Dr. Millar was describing my child. My husband and I immediately carried out the advice in the book and literally within days our lives changed. We now know we can really enjoy our daughter and I am so thankful we found this book. READ IT!
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 17, 2004
Format: Paperback
When I wrote this review in 04/2004, it said the title was out of print, but there was a link to 4 used copies that ranged in price from $58 to $187. Hogwash! Order directly from the publisher at [...] and receive a brand new, hardback copy.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
Format: Hardcover
For every parent with difficult (self-centered, intolerant, low self-esteem) children 3-12.
Are you having trouble trying to figure out what consequence is appropriate, keeping your cool, looking for all those good behaviours when the "all powerful" little one was making constant demands. Does it seem like there is not much love left between you? Look no further.
This book is easy to read, amusing, very practicle info on setting up routines to restore peace in your house. Simple steps to get your child moving: in the morning, at dinner, bedtime, chores, homework too. No drugs (interesting chapter on ADD, ADHC), no nagging, easy as pie...I had my 5 yr old running around trying to avoid punishment cards (mostly taking away privileges like candy, am/pm TV, etc.) All in a flash, no nagging, no yelling, some supervision.
There is a temper tantrum program, a jar program(drop in tokens, 3 tokens=a punishment), a punishment card program. Implemented some steps right after reading this, and it worked like magic. Never seen my child be so motivated. WOW, wish I read this years ago. This book should given to every parent when their kids reach 2-3...read it before looking for help elsewhere. Don't take my word for it. Discipline with firmness and kindness. Develop your child's inner policeman, help your child learn to cope with anxiety, disappointment, anger. Get him/her ready for the real world.
Why is this not on the best seller list--it should be. I read the third edition, 1994.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl on February 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book contains an amazing amount of great advice and common sense for parents today. It is very easy to put your child on a pedestal above all others. My husband and I did so with our little one for 5 years. We ended up with a very poorly behaved little girl. This book was recommended to us and our lives have been incredible ever since. We learned how damaging it is to give your child a sense of complete omnipotence. We thought we were building great self-esteem in our child. What we were really doing was creating a child who had little tolerance for others and particularly anything unpleasant. this book gave us the common sense approach to parenting that we needed. Thankyou Dr. Millar for the great book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mireille Duclos on April 19, 2000
Format: Paperback
I was getting exceedingly frustrated with my 9 year old son. I chalked up his behaviour to being a boy; being emotional and full of energy, but my efforts were getting me nowhere. In fact, his behaviour was deteriorating. While reading this book, I felt like the author had been spying in my home. After the introduction of the Chip System that the author recommends my son went through all the predicted stages of fighting the system. But it was amazing how quickly he, and in fact his younger sister, were able to turn their behaviour around. We now have more peace, loving, energy and cooperation in our household then I would have thought possible.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Jones on April 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Having a child who was quite difficult to parent I have read MANY parenting books. I can honestly say this book is the best I have ever read on the subject. It tells parents why the 90's style parenting we tend to lean toward is not effective. What I mean by that is that the adult is the parent and the child is the child. This book basically gives parents the permission we need to take the role back into our hands and be our child's parents. we are teachers to our kids , not their friends( alhtough that is not to say that we can't thoroughly enjoy each other). We must teach our children that there are consequences to negative behaviour. After all, discipline is teaching. The best thing we can do for our kids is to set them on the right path for their future. If we teach them to be tolerant, responsible and to understand that they are not the only ones in the home who has needs, they are much more likely to succeed in life. Since I read this book our life with our daughter has done a complete about-face. she has man more friends, she is co-operative, loving and loveable. Our whole family has benefited from Dr. Millar's sound advice and practical approach to parenting.
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