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Parenting Without Power Struggles: Raising Joyful, Resilient Kids While Staying Cool, Calm and Connected Paperback – October 1, 2009
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"One of the most user-friendly, practical and engaging guides to parenting I've ever come across."
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"A must-read for every parent and grandparent. An exceptional book I will refer to often for assistance in helping all the families we serve."
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Imagine life without drama, meltdowns, and power struggles
From celebrity parents to everyday moms and pops, single parents to grandparents, most of us know what to do when our kids behave. But let's face it: family life can get downright crazy, and it's at those moments that we most need to keep our cool.
Family therapist Susan Stiffelman has shown thousands of parents how to be the cool, confident "Captain of the ship" in their children's lives. Based on her successful practice and packed with real-life stories, Susan shares proven strategies and crystal clear insights to motivate kids to cooperate and connect. Parenting without Power Struggles is an extraordinary guidebook for transforming your day-to-day parenting life.
You'll discover how to:
• Transform frustration and aggression into adaptation and cooperation
• Keep your cool when your kids push your buttons, talk back or refuse to "play nice"
• Nourish deep attachment with young and older kids
• Help your ADD'ish child survive and thrive, even if you’re ADD'ish yourself
• Inoculate your kids from negative thinking and peer pressure that lead to anger, anxiety, depression, or behavior issues
• Help children manage the emotional challenges of divorce
Top customer reviews
I loved this book! It was easy to read and understand. The concepts are simple and I felt they were all the things I already knew but need help and reminders as to how to implement these ideas into our daily, chaotic life.
As I read through the book I found myself feeling calmer and easily putting some of her tips into practice. I am about to read through it a second time. It will take more than once or twice before I am able to really remember and put into practice all her suggestions, but it's worth it. I can already see a change in our house!
Aside from basic, everyday parenting practices, the book also contains several good suggestions for dealing with larger problems such as anxiety, depression, anger, etc.
I found her writing style to be well organized, simple and clear to understand. This book is a must read!
side the child the parent is seeing from the child's viewpoint , but remaining the one in charge. The book is full of anecdotal stories from therapy clients and her personal
parenting experiences. She manages to teach, do therapy, parent and inspire. She uses information from Byron Katie and others help unlock the congealed thoughts that insist
someone is to blame or made a mistake. Besides being informative the book is inspiring and entertaining. Susan is able to weave together a hopeful , loving, unique and
conscious celebration of family that is based in sound teaching, psychology and conscious transformation. The lessons from this book can serve anyone at any age whether
thay are a parent or just want to know more about life. Gratefully, Mike Godby
Last night I looked at my bookshelf, and counted about 8 parenting books. I am going to recycle all of them, and keep only "Parenting without power struggles". I like this one the most because Susan's insights are giving me a clear full picture of what parenting is all about. I can relate to what she says better than with any other books I've read, and I feel confident about what I need to do to be and stay in charge, while cherishing a loving relationship with my child. I've never felt this confident before, it feels great!