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Working Parents, Thriving Families: 10 Strategies That Make a Difference Paperback – March 16, 2011
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"1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12"
Parenting tools to use in virtually every situation, from internationally renowned clinical psychologist Thomas Phelan. Learn more.
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"...I know that if you are a parent you will find nuggets of great information in this book as well! The book was an easy read and was one that, is best read together, if possible!" -Dad of Divas Blog, July 2011 (Dad of Divas Blog 2011-07-07)
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I have 3.0 children (though if you count my neurotic Portuguese Water Dog, make that 3.5...my wife counts me and so declares 4.0) and have been married for 20+ years (yikes). As painful as it is, I'm also a fan of the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Redskins, and like to fish, golf and play low stakes poker.
In my professional life I direct an outpatient mental health clinic in Scranton, PA (no, I don't know Michael Scott--he moved anyway), teach doctoral courses in psychology, provide counseling services, do loads of public education and serve on the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association and the Pennsylvania Psychological Foundation. For those suffering from insomnia my entire CV can be found at www.helpingfamilies.com.
I like to have an ongoing relationship with my readers. This is why I have a website devoted to providing resources for material related to my book (www.resilientyouth.com), a blog (www.hecticparents.com) and a Twitter feed (@helpingparents). I hope my book and these resources can help to put air under your wings as you endeavor to raise a happy and reslient child/children who will help to save the world.
Top Customer Reviews
Working Parents, Thriving Families is like having a skilled clinical psychologist at hand to coach you through, with humor and grace, some of the common, but very difficult and challenging aspects of family life in the 21st century. The 10 strategies offered (special time, celebrate your child's competencies, monitor your child, family rituals, sound discipline, promoting healthy decision making, care of yourself and your significant other, emphasize a healthy life style, collaborative relationships, getting help if necessary)are each delivered through identifiable vignettes, research findings, thoughtful exercises and pitch perfect humor.
My wife and I have been able to pick up and read any chapter and find the material relevant and wise-interesting and important discussions have followed. We are finding and believe that Dr. Palmiter's strategies will help in developing the type of uniquely happy family parents seek to create through their efforts. Just knowing this book is in our house has already built our confidence-providing wise insight that is helping us through our busy days.
Most parents raise their own children based on the way that they were raised. However, parents of today have to deal with different problems (or different manifestations of the old problems) than the generation of parents before them. Furthermore, although they may appreciate the guidance and love shown by their own parents, many want to build upon the strengths of those who raised them. This book helps them achieve those goals.
Sometimes parents with basically good skills have knowledge gaps (such as giving too much importance to self-esteem or the power of praise), or performance gaps (such as knowing that they need to monitor their children's activities more closely, but having problems translating that goal into action). Even the best parents aren't perfect, make mistakes, and at times can become ill -tempered, distracted, over worked, or tired. Dr. Palmiter's book addresses both knowledge and performance gaps.
Dr. Palmiter structures the book around ten common sense and achievable strategies for parenting. Each chapter combines personal stories, case studies, and strategies interspersed with interesting quotations. The formats of the chapters are the same with a brief statement of the strategy (such as monitoring your child), a description of the strategy, and ending with the skeptical parents challenge. The strategies are based on research findings (detailed references appear at the end of the book), but they are presented in manner making them accessible to the average reader, and devoid of jargon and technical language.Read more ›
I particularly enjoyed Dr. Palimiter's humorous approach to dispelling the myth that no parent can be perfect, and no child is perfect, and sets a tone where we can being to laugh at ourselves and the sometimes "insanity" of our world. The book guides parents to appreciate the gifts and talents they themselves have and likewise to appreciate, respect, and support the gifts and talents of each individual child.
I respect the fact that this book does not take the "cookbook' approach to parenting but rather serves as an excellent and precise guide to develop a healthy family, including the importance of self-care for the parent or parents. This is truly a must read book for parents, and Dr.Palimiter is to be commended for making this wonderful information available to parents in such a readable format that beams love.
As a family doc, girl scout leader, and happy mom of teenagers, I was somewhat smug picking up this book, thinking perhaps my husband might need it more than I...after all, part of my job is counseling families. I want to tell you that I not only learned from it, but have successfully APPLIED several of the strategies Dr. Palmiter suggests, and have been delighted with the results! Order this book, read it, and don't stop there- USE IT.
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This author does not simply base his instruction on opinion, but he offers a wealth of evidence and resources to back up his suggestions. Read morePublished 18 months ago by KAF
Praises to Dr. Palmiter for his entertaining, yet thoughtful reference about raising our children. One would not think that we needed another book about parenting; however,... Read morePublished on January 16, 2012 by Gail Karafin
Perhaps one of the best investments someone could ever make. People can read this book and gain honest,loving,truthful, and concrete insight, and support to aid them in making one... Read morePublished on September 12, 2011 by Brian Palmiter
It's amazing how much helpful information on parenting this book holds. It's packed with practical ideas on ways busy families can threive. Read morePublished on April 24, 2011 by Amy Pope
I, honestly, don't even know where to begin! This book combines wit, humor, research based strategies, and Dr. Read morePublished on April 9, 2011 by lauren hazzouri