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Children: The Challenge : The Classic Work on Improving Parent-Child Relations--Intelligent, Humane & Eminently Practical (Plume) Paperback – December 26, 1991
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The book IS outdated, and I don't agree with 100% of it.
For example, research done since the book was written has shown that quick, consistent, loving response to a baby's cries builds trust and communication between the baby and its parents. So I would disregard the advice to leave a baby to cry.
Dreikurs is opposed to spanking, but it's because he doesn't think it works very well, not because he thinks it's inherently harmful or dangerous. So his advice to let other significant adults in your child's life use corporal punishment if they want to is off, I think.
Other parts of the book are outdated as well, but not in ways that would matter as far as changing parenting techniques. Well, you shouldn't leave your kids alone in a car, obviously, but other than that....
Why am I still giving his book five stars even with all of the above reservations? Because even WITH all of my reservations, I still think this is the best childrearing book I have ever read--and I've read a lot of them. It clearly outlines a parenting style that is neither authoritarian nor permissive, and contributes to loving relationships where people take responsibility for their actions. I can't recommend it more highly. If you have children or if you interact with them at all, do yourself a favor and read this book!
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The book is well written and easy to understand. Its one of the best kept secrets out there for parents and educators and counselors. Read morePublished 2 months ago by amazon shopper
Wonderfully written and a fresh way to see the complex world of parenting!Published 2 months ago by susan c
Excellent advice on raising children. I studied the book 40+ years ago Ina pediatric nursing course, used it's concepts on my children and am now passing it on to them to help with... Read morePublished 4 months ago by jackie bowles
One of the best books to understanding why children do what they do. We find it very helpful. It's made our parenting so much easier, & our home happier!Published 4 months ago by CRZ
This book has a lot of big grammar in it. By that I mean extensive vocabulary. By that I mean, words I have to look up to determine the definition if I don't know it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kirsten Balkom
I have read it before and now again, it is an excellent book. A good way to discipline children and to treat children , with kindness and equality' and it sure helps parents too!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this for my boss who just adopted two little kids. I raised my last child by it and my daughter-in-law discovered it on her own and used this method. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Patsy Willcox