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The Omnipotent Child Paperback – 1987
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I also have a 13 month old and have read his other book, Raising the Preschool Child -- which is a precursor book based on the same theory. I've used some of his "no" techniques with success already. Short 2 minute timeouts have already shown my daughter that Mom really does mean "no" when she says it. It doesn't stop her EVERY time, but she now at least pauses (which for 13 months is a great start). I haven't tried the technique for temper tantrums... YET. But that is only because I want to start slow and work one area at a time.
I agree that some of the book is outdated by today's standards. However, parenting, to some degree, is timeless. The parent's job is to train our children that they aren't the center of the world, that parts of life are not fun and rules and authority exist for a reason. The consequences of NOT teaching our children these life lessons are tragic. Possibly AS tragic as not nurturing.
Methods on balancing training and nurturing may vary, but both components need to be there. I like how this book gives concrete examples, techniques and the theory behind them.
I have a bachelor's degree Psychology and have read a TON of parenting books and articles -- and yet parenting is still a challenge! If you've read other parenting books, subsribe to all the parenting magazines... yet nothing has worked... this is definitely worth a try for the spirited child.
Are you having trouble trying to figure out what consequence is appropriate, keeping your cool, looking for all those good behaviours when the "all powerful" little one was making constant demands. Does it seem like there is not much love left between you? Look no further.
This book is easy to read, amusing, very practicle info on setting up routines to restore peace in your house. Simple steps to get your child moving: in the morning, at dinner, bedtime, chores, homework too. No drugs (interesting chapter on ADD, ADHC), no nagging, easy as pie...I had my 5 yr old running around trying to avoid punishment cards (mostly taking away privileges like candy, am/pm TV, etc.) All in a flash, no nagging, no yelling, some supervision.
There is a temper tantrum program, a jar program(drop in tokens, 3 tokens=a punishment), a punishment card program. Implemented some steps right after reading this, and it worked like magic. Never seen my child be so motivated. WOW, wish I read this years ago. This book should given to every parent when their kids reach 2-3...read it before looking for help elsewhere. Don't take my word for it. Discipline with firmness and kindness. Develop your child's inner policeman, help your child learn to cope with anxiety, disappointment, anger. Get him/her ready for the real world.
Why is this not on the best seller list--it should be. I read the third edition, 1994.