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Between Parent and Child: Revised and Updated: The Bestselling Classic That Revolutionized Parent-Child Communication Paperback – July 22, 2003
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Over the past thirty-five years, Between Parent and Child has helped millions of parents around the world strengthen their relationships with their children. Written by renowned psychologist Dr. Haim Ginott, this revolutionary book offered a straightforward prescription for empathetic yet disciplined child rearing and introduced new communication techniques that would change the way parents spoke with, and listened to, their children. Dr. Ginott's innovative approach to parenting has influenced an entire generation of experts in the field, and now his methods can work for you, too.
In this revised edition, Dr. Alice Ginott, clinical psychologist and wife of the late Haim Ginott, and family relationship specialist Dr. H. Wallace Goddard usher this bestselling classic into the new century while retaining the book's positive message and Haim Ginott's warm, accessible voice. Based on the theory that parenting is a skill that can be learned, this indispensable handbook will show you how to:
- Discipline without threats, bribes, sarcasm, and punishment
- Criticize without demeaning, praise without judging, and express anger without hurting
- Acknowledge rather than argue with children's feelings, perceptions, and opinions
- Respond so that children will learn to trust and develop self-confidence
About the Author
DR. HAIM GINOTT was a renowned clinical psychologist and child therapist. His work, which focused on communication, changed the way adults relate to children.
DR. ALICE GINOTT was a clinical psychologist who conducted workshops with parents and teachers and lectured widely on parent-child relationships. She was a recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanities Award.
DR. H. WALLACE GODDARD was an associate professor of family life at the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension and section chair of Education and Enrichment with the National Council on Family Relations. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.
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The book makes logical sense in how not only children, but some adults perceive the world around them. I currently have two year old twin boys and I have incorporated some of Dr. Ginot's recommendations and I am AMAZED at the difference it has made in the response of my boys. For example, if a child is doing something they are not suppossed to, like hitting a glass table with a plastic golf club (this is a true example), instead of just saying "Paul, do not hit the glass table with your golf club," you say, "Paul, we may not hit the table with the golf club but you can hit the ground or your golf ball with the club," the child responds differently because he knows the acceptable as well as the unacceptable, which defines the boundaries for him. In my case, Paul continued to hit the table when I failed to define the boundaries for him but when I relayed the message to him in a way that defined boundaries, he stopped hitting the table (and has not to thie day - 6 weeks later, whereas it was a 2-3 times a week occurance).
I have read at least a dozen other "child raising" books and if I had to narrow it down to one, this would be it...by a long shot!
The examples, though amusing to read and see things from a hypothetical kid's perspective, are always concluded abruptly and don't appear all that realistic. For example, if a child is very crabby due to hunger but refuses to eat and continues being very disruptive, your "sympathizing and acknowledging" that behavior is not going to change it. Getting food down his/her throat on the other hand, instantly changes the "snickers" diva.
The book is easy to read and aspires the reader to become a better parent/person.
You will learn the damaging effects of "punishment" administered to a child to correct unwanted behaviors. Instead, you will be instructed on how to effectively change unwanted behaviors through respectful communication and regard for your child's feelings. Using the methods outlined in this book will ensure your child's self-esteem is kept in tact and your relationship will be one of love and respect.