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About the Author

 John Rosemond is a family psychologist who has directed mental-health programs and been in full-time private practice working with families and children. Since 1990, he has devoted his time to speaking and writing. Rosemond's weekly syndicated parenting column now appears in some 250 newspapers, and he has written 15 best-selling books on parenting and the family. He is one of the busiest and most popular speakers in the field, giving more than 200 talks a year to parent and professional groups nationwide. He and his wife of 39 years, Willie, have two grown children and six well-behaved grandchildren.
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Product Details

  • Series: John Rosemond (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; Original ed. edition (October 13, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0836228138
  • ISBN-13: 978-0836228137
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.3 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,431,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By H. Zuniga on May 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
Did any of these reviewers actually read this book? Or did they just go from page to page, screaming as their carefully cultivated sensibilities were challenged? It appears that they did, since their comments are word for word the same as those used by numerous so-called experts who continually tout their beliefs based on little or no data and would have us believe that their opinions are facts. This book does not advocate spanking. If you do not believe in spanking, then this book will not convince you otherwise. Unlike anti-spanking advocates who do all they can to shove their opinions down everyone's throat, Rosemond is not trying to convince anyone to spank. This book is for people who already believe in spanking or who are undecided. And, strange as it sounds, this book can actually prevent child abuse as Rosemond provides guidelines for administering a spanking so as to make it effective, as well as advice on how to raise a well behaved child using a variety of forms of discipline. He constantly reminds the reader that a spanking should be short (one or two swats at the most), should not be administered with the intention of causing pain, should only be given with a hand and never a foreign object (belt, switch, etc.), should never be given on bare skin, and numerous other restrictions. He even objects to the common practice of slapping a child's hand! Does this sound like a person advocating child abuse? The method advocated here is a quick spanking used to get a child's attention, but Rosemond clearly states that the action of spanking should NOT be the punishment. People who use spanking as a punishment are more likely to cross the line from discipline to abuse. Studies have shown that parents who do not use corporal punishment are more likely to explode at a child and cause real harm.Read more ›
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I have to believe that the negative reviews of this book are by people that have an agenda or have not read this book.

Rosemond makes very clear the difference between HITTING and SPANKING. And he states there are other more effect ways to disipline a child.

He further says that a steady diet of spankings are not productive. But that an occasional pop on the rear end is effective in getting the child's attention so that you can communicate your message to the child, and that spanking alone will accomplish nothing.
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By A Customer on November 8, 2000
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The theme of this book is to point out that there are profound differences in "spanking" when it is done appropriately and what others refer to as "hitting." Unlike some other child psychologists who want to lump everything from spanking to murder into one category, Rosemund reveals the element that is being left out of the discipline equation--common sense. Experts tell parents that if they are intelligent, they don't need spanking to discipline their children--but intelligence also means being able to interject reason into the decision making process. The logic of the anti-spanking movement doesn't wash!
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I believe this book has useful information. Whether you decide to spank or not spank, just make an informed decision. This is just one of many resources I checked before my husband and I made a choice. All parents should make that informed choice, and the parenting team, should be in agreement. I know this got both good and bad reviews. I guess it's just a matter of whether you agree with the author or not. Whether I agree or not doesn't matter, the book still has useful information that should be read by all parents.
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Writers always seem to want to bash spanking, even though the research has never proven spanking is bad (90% of parents have spanked!). This book gives very good suggestions and I would recommend it to anyone who wants an unbiased discipline book.
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By acechauta on January 21, 2013
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It is crazy to me that people actually think that spanking a child is wrong. Freud has been proven wrong time and again, thus the "thought" that spanking a child will harm him in future years is total nonsense. Rosemond is not trying to convince you to spank, rather how to go about doing it in the right manner.
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Being a research oriented psychologist that has taken in over 300 out-of-control youth (up to 15 at a time) for treatment in my home 24/7 for over 40 years, it is refreshing to see parents get realistic information about the value and role spanking "can" play in parenting. Since the 1970's when two theoretically fanciful, scientifically unsound parenting philosophies (PET,1970;STEP,1973) condemning parental use of rewards and punishments (including spanking) were championed by so called child rearing experts as the scientifically based new and more effective way to raise children, parents have been misled into believing all unpleasant consequences (including a well controlled spanking) are unnatural, produce trauma and is valueless child abuse. Experiencing painful and unpleasant consequences is an important part of Mother Nature's learning process. Unfortunately, many permissive parents being run over by their children look for ways to justify their failure to properly teach their children. They attack people who advocate the effective dimensions of Mother Nature's parenting approach by spewing out mindless cliches and rhetoric such as: people who advocate disciplining children have repressed physical abuse problems from childhood, physical punishment is child abuse, new non-punitive parenting systems, are the only ones with scientific support. The facts of the matter are: (1) non-punitive parenting systems (like PET, STEP, Jane Nelsen's Positive Discipline)have repeatedly been shown through scientific research to be ineffective (e.g. see Rinn & Markle, 1977; Dembo, Sweitzer & Lauritzen, 1985;Robinson,Robinson,& Dunn, 2003)(2) all the books that have received the scientific research on punishment (e.g.Read more ›
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