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Parenting by Heart: How to Stay Connected to Your Child in a Disconnected World Paperback – January 8, 2002
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The book is based on short chapters that blow away our standard myths about "in-charge parents," "over-involved mothers and under-involved fathers," and consistently reliable methods of discipline. Rather than simply contradicting them, Taffel explains how these ideas developed and how they can be changed for the better. He describes the important roles of "Parent Protector," "Parent Chum," and "Parent Realist" and outlines the different ages that require different styles of parenting. The book is full of lively examples and basic concepts, so you'll have plenty of new ideas to replace the tired myths.
Whether Taffel is elaborating on the idea that no good discipline method is effective for more than a few days or reminiscing about bribing his daughter with cookies, the points raised in his work are refreshing and reassuring. This is one parenting book that works equally well for teens and toddlers. --Jill Lightner
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The book introduces three parenting styles that are roughly appropriate for three age groups: parent-protector (for 5-9 year olds), parent-chum (9-12) and parent-realist (13-16). These categories sound a bit programmatic, but the book does point out that at any time you may have to wear different hats with the same kid. Even though this categorization is arguable, it provides a useful framework for further discussion.
One suggestion is repeated throughout the book: staying involved with your children. Whether it is by creating boundaries for the acceptable behavior or just playing with your kid, the author is convinced that being connected with what's going on in your kid's life is a fundamental parenting principle. In today's busy world, it is not a trivial undertaking.
The book has a definite therapeutic bent: almost every page is devoted to a technique of dealing with something that went wrong. It reads almost like a compilation of case studies.Read more ›