As a clinical psychologist I have recommended many parenting books over the years. Behave - What to Do When Your Child Won't, is now at the top of my list. Val Mullally provides a great deal of valuable information, and delivers it with warmth and compassion. She knows how challenging it is to be a parent, and is in fact forthright about her own parenting challenges when raising her now grown children. With many examples based on her experience as a parenting coach and an educator, she offers several key user-friendly tools. Her writing reflects an air of respect for parents, stating that she does not presume to tell parents what they "should" do, but merely offers suggestions of what they "could" do.
I find the book's teachings to reflect a very mindful approach to parenting. Mindful of not only the child's experience, but the experience and well-being of the parent as well. Val emphasizes the importance of self-care for parents, wisely noting that parents can best provide for their children when their own needs are being addressed. For example, when parents have sufficient rest and emotional support, they are better prepared to stop and consider what might underlie a child's behavior. (Her easy to remember acronym is "HALT"). Another very useful tool, FLAC (Feelings, Limits, Alternatives, and Consequences) is an excellent approach to help parents systematically guide a child's behavior, again with warmth and understanding.
Parents will find it comforting to read Behave. Val Mullally is reaching out to parents with compassion, and I believe parents will feel understood when reading her book. It's a highly readable book, and I predict it will soon be on many parents' bookshelves. I highly recommend it.