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  • Paperback: 397 pages
  • Publisher: P & T Ink (September 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567131751
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567131758
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 16, 1999
Format: Paperback
I can't recommend this book highly enough! I came from a home where the parents were no doubt trying, but had very few parenting skills. We were basically hit and told how awful we were. I came away from my home only knowing what I DIDN'T want to do as a parent, but having no idea what TO do.
I love children and always wanted a big family. And I feel like I've read just about every parenting book out there, in my search to learn how to be a kind, loving, yet in control parent. This book showed me HOW to be the kind of parent that I have always yearned in my heart to be. It not only tells you what you should be doing (along with the research that proves that THIS is the most effective way to raise children!), but shows you step-by-step EXACTLY how to do it.
I give this the highest recommendation that a book could ever receive. Five stars aren't enough! Your children will love you for following the guidelines in this book, and you'll love Glenn Latham for how happy your family will become.
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82 of 86 people found the following review helpful By John Owens on August 23, 2005
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I have six kids of my own. I found myself looking to other parents for practical evidence of how to be a better dad. There is one man in particular who had perfect kids, and perfect house and, well you know the rest. I got a lot of good ideas from watching him with his children.

Later I ran across this book, and it put into words the very same things that I saw him DO.

It wasn't until about 2/3 of the way through the book, as I was incidentally recommending to a friend, that I noticed that my "good example friend" appeared on this cover. Turns out his dad wrote the book.

I can tell you with certainty that a parent with the willingness to change (not just a desire) can turn their family around with a little guidance.

There is no other book you NEED. Just add work.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 21, 2004
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Perhaps the most important job we have as human beings is to be effective parents. Given the millions of variables that can affect the development of our children, however, there is no doubt that being a parent is also one of the most challenging jobs. Fortunately, Latham has written a wonderful book that details the successful application of principles of behavior analysis to the development of our children.

In the last few years, I have had over a dozen college students who were parents themselves use this book with their own families as class projects for a developmental psychology course I teach. All students reported substantial improvements in their home lives and in the interactions with their children. These anecdotal outcomes support the empirical evidence demonstrating the effectiveness of behavioral principles in real world situations.

We owe it to our children to be the best parents we can be!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. F. Sidney on May 21, 2010
Format: Paperback
we have read this book and found it most useful. It covers several real situations and its principles can be applies to a variety of different cases with ease. It is not easy to switch overnight to constant praise if one is not used to it but with practice, anyone can learn and achieve great results. We have taken notes and developed a little chart too. It contains all the principles in concentrated form. :) I hope you find it useful!

This is for everyone:

RULES OF THE HOUSE

1) When we behave properly we are able to remain in the same room with the others.
2) When we tell all the truth we make our family happy.
3) When we obey we earn privileges.
4) When we are good or play nicely we get the attention we want.
5) When we stay calm in difficult situations we show that we are in control and earn privileges.
6) When we take good care of our bodies, clothes, belongings and rooms, we can enjoy our belongings and earn privileges.
7) Our parents are the ones who decide which privileges we earn: use of toys, stickers, hugs, kisses, food, etc.

and this is for the parents:

PARENTS' CHART
1) We are teachers of good behaviour, not punishers of bad behaviour.
2) We reinforce good behaviour by paying attention to it and rewarding it.
3) We weaken bad behaviour by ignoring when it's a small thing, and by taking away privileges/using time out and re-directing it to more positive behaviours.
4) We don't pay attention to any behaviour that we don't like to be repeated.
5) We take action only if it's going to make things better.
6) We explain clearly our expectations and which privileges are earned or lost through obedience or lack of it.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Should Be Doing Laundry on August 2, 2012
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I loved this book for my first two kids. I found gems here that really helped me change my focus and I still appreciate those instructions and think I could do a better job at them. This being said, the book is about behavior modification. It does not get to the root of some misbehavior. Children often act out not because as the book suggest "it is what works." Sometimes kids act out because of underlying fears and issues and this book does not get at the heart of those things. It is however, a great tool to help communicate and correct without punishment.

I liked when he gave scenarios of conversations with children to positively set expectations and fend off arguments. I liked the concept of taking responsibility for the way my children behave and changing ME to bring about change in them. His recommended parenting style of really easing off of punishments and focusing on what our kids do right to stop reenforcing poor behavior really did work.

What I didn't love was the chapter on sleep training. A man, even a father, saying "a child never cried himself to death" isn't really that helpful to me. I found his tone on that subject obnoxious and condescending.

And I found the principles and the way to communicate as suggested does not work as well for our next two children who have special needs. A better alternative for children with sensory issues, coming from adoption/foster care and trauma, or who are struggling due to emotional issues like a death or divorce in the family, The Connected Child by Dr. Karyn Purvis.
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