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Parenting Without Stress: How to Raise Responsible Kids While Keeping a Life of Your Own Hardcover – January 4, 2010

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"This book is a guide for parents who want to attain the perfect balance where they can actually have a personal life and still show love for their children. Parenting is naturally stressful, and this book is a top pick for parents who love their children but have their love stressing them out." Midwest Review of Books




"This book is a guide for parents who want to attain the perfect balance where they can actually have a personal life and still show love for their children. Parenting is naturally stressful, and this book is a top pick for parents who love their children but have their love stressing them out." Midwest Review of Books

I was thrilled to read your book. It is full of simple, practical, logical advice to guide children into making more thoughtful choices and for reducing stress.
--Donna Rishor, Tucson, Arizona

I was thrilled to read your book. It is full of simple, practical, logical advice to guide children into making more thoughtful choices and for reducing stress.
--Donna Rishor, Tucson, Arizona

Many of the sentences are so good I would like to hang them on the wall. Some ideas seem too easy, but they work.
--Lena Lilja Hallnissa, Leksand, Sweden

Your parenting book is exactly what every parent desperately needs because it does what other discipline experts have not done: It retains the authority responsible parents need while creating the respectful relationship parents want.
--Bill Page, Author of At-Risk Students, Nashville, Tennessee

--Lena Lilja Hallnissa, Leksand, Sweden

I love the book! It makes so much sense! There are so many big aha moments. It is so helpful and has been magic with my daughter. She finally cleaned up her room! The book has made a huge difference in my approach to parenting!
-Patricia Richmond, Port Orange, Florida

This book is hands down the most practical and resourceful parenting book I have read. It gives down-to-earth suggestions for fostering stronger and closer bonds while preparing young people to become responsible and caring adults.
-Debbie McFadyen, Christchurch, New Zealand

The book is a magic wand for parents to transform young people into responsible adults, without stress on both sides. A must read for every parent!
Dr. S. Dawood Shah Vandalur, India
--Dr. S. Dawood Shah Vandalur, India

Many of the sentences are so good I would like to hang them on the wall. Some ideas seem too easy, but they work.
--Lena Lilja Hallnissa, Leksand, Sweden

I love the book! It makes so much sense! There are so many big aha moments. It is so helpful and has been magic with my daughter. She finally cleaned up her room! The book has made a huge difference in my approach to parenting!
-Patricia Richmond, Port Orange, Florida

This book is hands down the most practical and resourceful parenting book I have read. It gives down-to-earth suggestions for fostering stronger and closer bonds while preparing young people to become responsible and caring adults.
-Debbie McFadyen, Christchurch, New Zealand

The book is a magic wand for parents to transform young people into responsible adults, without stress on both sides. A must read for every parent!
Dr. S. Dawood Shah Vandalur, India
--Dr. S. Dawood Shah Vandalur, India

Many of the sentences are so good I would like to hang them on the wall. Some ideas seem too easy, but they work.
--Lena Lilja Hallnissa, Leksand, Sweden

From the Author

This book is different from other parenting books in that it assumes parents want to raise responsible kids. The book is entirely devoted to how to do it--without stress, punishments, or rewards for expected standards of behaior.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Piper Press; First edition (January 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970060661
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970060662
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,064,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant. I cannot say enough for this book. There have been very few times in my life where I've stumbled across something that has made such a huge difference. This book could be called "Positive Child Rearing: Stage II". If you already know the importance of positive child rearing but frequently find yourself scratching your head and wondering, "hmmm. But what do I do in THIS situation???" then this book is your answer. It provides an overarching framework that simply makes complete sense. It takes all the things you already know and turns them into a methodology that you can use wherever you go. I have shown it to experts in child development and they have been amazed at its wisdom. This book lives up to its title. It allows you to take the stress out of your relationship with your child.

There are many important insights in this book, but the one that for me had the biggest impact was the importance of reflection. If you ask a child the right question, the child will often reflect, recognize what he or she should be doing, and will then do it, happily. So often we say "stop that!" or "don't do that!" because... well... because the kid is doing something he or she shouldn't. But simply telling the child what to do often deprives him or her of an opportunity to learn about what is to be avoided and why --- and what to do instead. "Don't pound on that!" may be what you want to say, but if instead you ask, "what do you think will happen if you keep pounding on that?" then the child has a chance to think about it and realize (often quite suddenly) that the thing will break. At that point, you don't need to say anything else.
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Great read. I bought the audible edition so I listened to the book on the way to work. The book offers a lot of practical tips and examples to illustrate the concepts presented in it. I prefer it before rewards/punishment behavioral approaches.
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By Elle on January 31, 2013
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Great pairing to the Discipline without Stress, Punishments and Rewards. After trying so many things with a challenging, right-brained, strong child, I, thankfully, came upon the original book and, subsequently, bought this one as well. It is logical, practical and child-friendly. My child gets it. Checks herself and moves on to better choices and higher responsibility. I loved the quote in the book that for eons parents, teachers, schools and others always felt they had to DO something to a child to teach them discipline and responsibility. This process does something FOR them...it give them an intrinsic sense of responsibility. Knowing what is right and doing it. That is the ultimate.
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I learned a lot from this book not just in parenting, but also in managing personal relations in general. We're children deep inside, many principals (e.g. positiveness and giving choices) can be used for adults too.
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A true parent resource that is a tremendous guide. A must read for parents to ensure their children will be responsible. Contains practical suggestions and methods to help one along the bumpy road of parenthood. A quick and easy book to read. --- Jim Burns, Rockford, Illinois
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recommended by the kids psychologist... would tell if it gets better at the end but I just couldn't go on with it. Very unrealistic solutions for the every day life. Frustrating just thinking about it.
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Dr. Marshall presents discipline as an on-going living experience without coercion, manipulation, "naughty chairs" time-out, charts, stickers, treats, and threats. Parenting is a relationship with kids--a teaching-learning-living relationship. For this reason, the book's subtitle: How to Raise Responsible Kids While Keeping a Life of Your Own is possible, truly unique among child rearing books, and so desirable among parental goals.

Parenting without Stress is indeed a landmark book. The author explains, through an abundance of practical ideas, examples, and anecdotes, a new and different direction from the traditional emphases on rearing obedient, adult-pleasing, conforming children to an innovative concept for raising children as independent, productive, self-disciplined, human beings able to take self-confident responsibility now and through the remainder of their lives. Kids are not learning to be members of society; they are members of society.

Bill Page, Author, At-Risk Students and Enjoying Parenthood
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Dr. Marshall's approach is a no frills, no gimmicks, respectful, loving approach based on human nature and best motivational practices. The theory and techniques apply to parenting, teaching, coaching, the workplace, spouses, all people you interact with, really. As a school counselor, it's the first book I recommend to parents. Our school adopted the school-wide discipline plan taken from Discipline Without Stress, and when teachers consistently adhere to the practice and procedures outlined, it makes a HUGE difference. You can even sign up for the FREE monthly newsletter and Q & A data base through Dr. Marshall's website. I highly recommend this book and all materials from Dr. Marshall.
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