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No More Misbehavin': 38 Bad Behaviors and How to Stop Them

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2005

    Misbehavior is reversible

    The voyage through the pages of No more misbehavin¿ reveals one of the most threatening phenomena of our modern world: the decline of dialogue. How many parents worry about potential misconduct until that becomes a reality? How many parents-to-be even consider the possibility of a troublemaking son or daughter in the midst of their elation? Not many progenitors acknowledge the changes of having a misbehaving child on the contrary most parents tend to hold high expectations and hopes for their descendants. Only when undesired or unexpected conducts flourish and unhealthily progress, parents may be ¿caught off guard¿. Michelle Borba provides through her No more misbehavin¿, with a reflective tool for parents to address thirty-eight misbehaviors that may pose a threat to the yearned familiar harmony. Simply constructed, Borba organizes the chapters in a repetitive four step structure: behavior example, conduct elimination and makeover plan, pledge and results. Although this simplicity may seem effortless and tedious, the author models, through this very predictable reading, the consistency that she repeatedly defends throughout the book and that transmits the caring message for attention that all children unremittingly seek for. The behaviors that Borba denounces, typical of children from three to twelve years old, have been persistent through generations and therefore need to be addressed from an angle that prioritizes prevention. The fact that generation after generation of parents have to deal with similar displays of behaviors, demonstrates that adults are not listening to or are not understanding the results of research on this particular topic. Borba attempts to arrive to those adults inserting resources between each chapter that invite to further investigation as well as brief data based notes that alert and rapidly inform the reader about a particular fact. Exhibiting a very optimistic and straightforward style, the author shuns giving solutions, rather she calls for inner reflection and insight. Her innovative contribution is the ability to transport the reader to his/her childhood seeking the cause of his/her own child¿s present misbehavior, what she calls the ¿ looking in the mirror ¿. Hence Borba¿s tone eludes punitive or coercive measures but, instead, adult proactive acts that build on dialogue, reflection and children¿s positive attributes. While the conducts depicted in the book are bona fide, other behaviors that are emerging as product of a fast evolving technological society are neglected in No more misbehavin¿. Current parental concerns related to the use and abuse of technology, values, or massive product consumption are some realities that are influencing today¿s youth from earlier ages as well and that are impacting families, schools and society. Associated to that, another remarkable suggestion in No more misbehavin¿ is that the behaviors are not portrayed as a child¿s illness that needs to be treated and cured, contrarily, a misconduct is understood by the author as a possible reaction to other adult or parental behaviors (dysfunctions) that can not be properly articulated or vocalized by a youngster between the ages of three to twelve. Consequently, the title of the book must not swindle the reader about who is the actual protagonist of it. The thirty-eight behaviors are an excuse to cogitate about the adult¿s role and liability toward a child¿s education. This book is explicitly and implicitly about the parents, Borba does not mention other institutions or individuals equally accountable but only as a support, hence parents are not excused from what their main duty is. Only when all the possibilities offered in the book are exhausted and decisive persistency against recurrence fails, may parents seek professional help. I appreciated the exemplification of a certain behavior introducing each chapter, extracted from letters that Michelle Borba receives from overwhelmed par

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2003

    Must Have Resource for Parents and Teachers

    Parents are always looking for great ideas on how to improve their kids behavior. Michele Borba's new book offers strategies that are easy and fun to use and that actually work! So many parenting books are based on theory. No More Misbehavin' offers proven and practical ways to address 38 specific behaviors in a way that provides results...and within a short period of time. There is also another unique and important benefit Dr. Borba's book offers...the results are permanent. She shows parents and teachers how to change a behavior and replace it with a more desired behavior. This is what makes her book way ahead of the pack of the many 'discipline' books available today. Keep this book close to your nightstand. It will become an indespensible resource. Anne Leedom Editor/Publisher Parentingbookmark.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2003

    Sensible advice for correcting worrisome kid behaviors

    It is so helpful to have a book that is designed for easy access to a specific topic of concern. I bought this book for some school concerns that we were having with our grade-schoolers. Many of the major hot-button isuues are covered in this book that were of current interest to me. I have found the tips and steps to correct the behavior to be sensible and for the most part easy to implement; we have already seen positive changes in the homework and school behavior of our two sons (ages 9 and 11). Additionally, we as parents are yelling, nagging, threatening, and complaining much less and that feels so good as far as the general ambiance in our home. On a good day, we seem to have found a few more minutes of 'hanging out' down time together as a family. Another book we highly recommend that we have been using with our 2 and 4 year old is The Pocket Parent. This book is also an A-Z compedium of worrisome behaviors with many sanity saving suggestions that have also worked well for us. I like both quick-read reference books becasue they include very specific strategies of what you might say and do to change the undesirable, often annoying behavior. Both have a sense of humor and compassion throughout, and they are both reasonably priced.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2003

    No More Misbehavin': 38 Bad Behaviors and How to Stop Them

    Let me begin by applauding Dr. Borba for once again giving us a resource that is both practical and realistic. While this book is a wealth of behavior tips, background information, and anecdotes based on real parent letters, its real value lies in its down-to-earth, step-by-step approach to handling difficult behaviors that challenge (or will challenge) every parent, every grandparent, and every teacher. But the comprehensive discussion of 38 troublesome behaviors is just the beginning. This book truly lays the foundation for creating peace in the home by developing a positive attitude and meaningful relationship with children¿a relationship built on fairness, honesty, and respect. Bringing this book into your home will change your life. For me, it was about accepting responsibility, sharing that responsibility, and taking on the challenge of understanding and modifying behavior. But, in the end, I see that it's even more about improving the overall quality of my life, and that of my children, through changing the dynamics of an entire family. Discipline is not a four-letter word. It is the starting point for making this world a better place¿one child, one family at a time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2003

    No More Misbehavin': 38 Bad Behaviors and How to Stop Them

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. From the moment I opened this book, I felt as if it was written for me. Now, my children don¿t even come close to exhibiting all the behaviors covered in this book, but the author has set the tone through realistic strategies and step-by-step recommendations that will serve me well for years to come. I have even given copies of No More Misbehavin¿ to my parents and in-laws, and now we are definitely (and finally!) on the same page.

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