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How to Unspoil Your Child Fast: A Speedy, Complete Guide to Contented Children and Happy Parents Paperback – September 1, 2010
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I aspired to take what parents and children had taught me for 30 years of practice and put it into a quick and doable plan that can quickly turn a home around.
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Bromfield talks about spoiled children--the ones who whine, complain, interrupt, blame, guilt-induce, extort, "negotiate," tantrum, and blackmail unearned things from parents--and the parents who fall into these traps (and who promote these traps based on pseudo-love for their children).
Bromfield's writing is breezy and fast. This won't take you longer to read than a couple of hours. If you are part of a spoiled parent-child bond, however, you will need to talk with some other parent about the mechanics of implementing his advice.
I have read the 3-, 2- and 1-star reviews of this book. I don't think the reviews are fair. Bromfield is clear that un-spoiling a child takes both parents' effort. His method does not work with parents who undermine each other's authority or those who have other serious relationship issues. This book is not a behavior modification book in order to get a child to eat a healthy meal. This is not a book on Oppositional Defiant Disorder.
I gave the book three stars because Bromfield's breezy, colloquial writing can detract from his central message: children rarely spoil themselves; spoiling can be fixed; the parents' job is to provide a "fixing" environment; and, in doing so, the parent will give the child a chance to learn about proper behavior, rules, limits, and consequences. It is easy for parents to mistake Bromfield's technique and anecdotes as "shock and awe," even if he did not intend it that way--and these anecdotes are not central to his message.
While most of the advice may seem like "common sense," it seems like all too often common sense is either lacking or is ignored due to doubts or pressure from outside. I recognized myself in some of the behaviors described. I want to be firm and feel that there have to be consequences to negative behavior, but sometimes I feel I'm being too harsh or that I want to be a "nice mommy." This book reaffirmed that yes, there have to be consequences. Yes, it's hard but it's harder when the child is allowed to be spoiled. Yes, we all want to be "nice parents" but the nicest thing we can do is be good parents, which means being firm sometimes.
It gave me a new resolve, and I've already started putting some things into practice and seeing good results. She threw a toy and I told her the next toy she threw would be removed, and she looked at me, grinned, and threw a toy. I removed the toy without comment. She threw something else. I removed it. She had a hissy fit about wanting her toys back and I calmly told her no, she could have them back tomorrow. (I would normally have been tempted to give them right back with a warning not to do it again.) I stuck to it and she didn't throw anything else.
The quality of the e-book was good; I did not notice any issues with the spelling or punctuation.
I have found too many of the self-help or how-to free books to be worth what I paid for them (i.e., they're junk). However, this was definitely an exception and I was very pleased to get such a helpful book.
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This book is so great and I think even if you don't think your child is spoiled.Read more