- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Revised ed. edition (August 20, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060014318
- ISBN-13: 978-0060014315
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 95 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kids Are Worth It! : Giving Your Child The Gift Of Inner Discipline Paperback – August 20, 2002
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Coloroso urges parents to teach children to take responsibility for their actions.
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Coloroso says that there are three types of parents--Jellyfish, Brickwall, and Backbone. The first two muck it up royally by being too wishy-washy or too firm. The parent with a backbone, however, can be stern when necessary and provide structure yet have the flexibility that children and families need. Coloroso applies these models to a variety of parenting situations, from toilet training to curfew setting. Like the Cosby show, it looks and sounds so easy when the script is already written, but there are plenty of good ideas here for keeping parents' sanity intact. Portions of the book are taken directly from the author's excellent video Winning at Parenting as well as from her popular lecture series. Denise Perry Donavin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I found the book to be very well written and covered the full range of topics regarding infants through adolescents.
What I didn't expect was that this information goes beyond the classroom - it goes into the home!! Excellent information for parents and caregivers. I also believe that it can help people reflect on their own up-bringing and self awareness.
Being a parent with a backbone starts with the golden rule: treat your children as you would like to be treated yourself.
On page 12, Coloroso tells the story of how, even with all the behavior modification techniques she had learned as a special education teacher, she found that she couldn't control a child dedicated to not being controlled. That story alone is worth the price of the book.
Then she goes on to describe how to constructively influence children and build relationships of mutual trust and respect, working collaboratively with children in their natural quest to grow strong and find meaning in life. "Discipline is handled with authority that gives life to children's learning." (page 37). What some might see as something to punish, Coloroso sees as an opportunity to teach.
For example,quoting from page 39: There is no problem so great, it can't be solved. Realities are accepted. Problems are solved. ("You failed math this term [reality]. I know you can do what you need to do to get the required math credit you need for graduation [problem to solve]. I'm here to help if you need me."
I suppose there is some parent somewhere who wouldn't benefit by reading this book but I don't know him or her. I predict you'll be glad you bought it.
What I liked at the beginning was- She did not believe in the gold stickers. I personally never understood giving a kid a Gold Star for behaving. I have not finished reading it yet, but have already started using her ideas on my grandkids I babysit. Seen a big difference in getting them to do their chores right off the bat. Told my 13yr.old to clean her room. She informed me she would do it at her own speed, not mine. I told her I had no intention of even checking her room. She cleaned it better than normal. (I had to walk past it so I peaked in).