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98 of 106 people found the following review helpful
on February 25, 2002
My son turned 13. He became a different person. I became a different parent. I didn't understand what was happening, and then we reached a crisis point. This book caused me to completely reposition my parenting philosophy. It's allowed me to focus more on the love of my child, than on the fear of how he will "turn out." The idea of being a "consultative parent" is an absolute breakthrough for me, and one that is working beautifully after only one week of practicing it. I am thrilled with the results and the possibilities. The authors are to be applauded with a standing ovation.
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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful
on February 21, 2001
Whether you have troubled teens, average teens, or great teens, this book provides a plethora of answers for parents with questions about being the best parent they can be. The love and logic program teaches parents how to love their child by taking care of themselves and by allowing their teen to suffer real world consequences. The book is half instruction and half ideas and suggestions for resolving common teen problems such as parties, friends, drugs, sex, backtalking, etc. I'm going to make it part of my permanent library.
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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 1999
I couldn't put this book down for days, it had so much information that I needed to help change my thinking. Right away I used the ideas and boy did things change around the house. I am a single parent and just didn't know how to get around the constant problems of reasoning with a strong willed child. I recommend this book to all parents even if you think you are doing all the right things. You will find great help and your life will be easier.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 1997
The authors guide parents through the necessary steps teens take while learning to become adults by making choices, good and bad. They give real life examples of situations that cause parents a great deal of emotional stress and many excellent ways respond that allow you to stick to your standards, but in such a way without adding velocity to a viscous cycle. This book really helped me stand back, stay objective, and keep a proper perspective while loving and teaching my teen. I highly recommend this book for any parent struggling with any type of negative teenage behavior.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2003
I ordered this book because my stepdaughter came to live with us. I have never parented a teenager previously.....and my husband and I have very different ways of parenting. I found this book to be insightful and gave me an understanding of how teenagers need to be "handled." My husband and I now give a lot more responsibility to our daughter and let her make her own choices and decisions (well most of them) on her own. It has helped our household and our relationships immensely.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on September 19, 2005
This book was recommended by my son's therapist for us to read as a new way to parent. I found the book quite interesting and it gave me some new thoughts. We have incorporated some of the suggestions in the book and have had a lot of success with it. I'm not sure if I could do all the responses to certain situations, but many chapters in which there were responses that we could use. It does take an open minded parent, and those parents who are drill sgt. parents will have a tough time using this book unless they are willing to change.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on February 25, 2006
This book helped me put a lot of parenting into perspective. I found that the take-home messages of the book are easy to remember. The key one for me was, "Who owns the problem?" What a concept. The premise is that rescuing my kids from the consequences of their actions is a lousy way to teach kids responsibility. The section on grounding of kids was great too. This book is making me question practically every aspect of my knee-jerk parenting responses. Highly recommended.
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67 of 93 people found the following review helpful
on May 10, 2001
This tremendous book has helped restore sanity to a household which was in danger of falling apart at the seams. I have a 14 year old daughter and a 16 year old son who have definitely cottoned-on to the fact that when it comes to parenting I simply couldn't find my backside with both hands. They were threatening to take advantage of my haplessness. But I've adopted a new approach thanks to this book, and it seems to be working. Instead of bawling Stephanie out when I found a cigarette butt underneath her bedroom window, I simply told her about the recent study (which I just made up) which demonstrated how smoking gave you fat ankles. Dishonest? Maybe, but I'm almost certain she doesn't smoke any more. Similarly when Jonathan asked if he could get his nose pierced I gave wholehearted approval to the idea and suggested that it would be a great father-and-son thing for us both to get our noses done. 3 hours later, when he saw what a jerk I looked in a nose-ring he changed his mind.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 1998
This is an excellent easy to read and practical guide for all parents. I have attended workshops by Jim Fay and I still refer back to this book all of the time. Everyone I have recomended it to loves it! One of the best parenting resources on the market today. Well worth the money, and it makes a great book to give as gift .
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2009
I read Parenting With Love and Logic and Teaching With Love and Logic. THEN, our daughter turned 13!!! Parents of teenagers had told us of "the change" teenagers undergo and how the parents struggled in their relationships with their teens. We thought, "Not our child and us. We have an amazingly close relationship." When our daughter turned 13, we could not get our hands on this book soon enough and WOW, what an tremendous difference in how my husband and I handle situations with her. We are so much more relaxed and calm. I'd like to say we don't get angry anymore, but we do. However, we breathe and relax and think of how to handle situations in line with Parenting Teens. We present the choices and let the rewards/consequences be hers. We look forward to reviewing the book as she matures and goes through her teenage years. Thank you Cline and Fay, for this wonderful guidance!
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