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Supernanny: How to Get the Best from Your Children

I have gotten a good deal of positive change in the behavior of my often defiant 3 year old son from reading this book. The suggestions are clear and simple. However, some of them were not a good fit for our family in that they seemed to bring on the compliance by insti...
I have gotten a good deal of positive change in the behavior of my often defiant 3 year old son from reading this book. The suggestions are clear and simple. However, some of them were not a good fit for our family in that they seemed to bring on the compliance by instilling fear and character attacks (finger-wagging criticism) rather than by using other more strict but positive discipline alternatives. I did learn many techniques that work, however the 'Naughty Stool' was not at all effective for us. Although much of the advice in this book does serve to change bad behavior, I prefer the book listed first with this one that your customers also bought called 'The Pocket Parent'. It is age focused... written exclusively for only 4 years of age...2's, 3's, 4's and 5's and teaches parents how to get cooperation from the child without resorting to scolding, bribing, threatening, and criticizing. Also the format of the 'Pocket Parent' is designed for quick reference with its short bullets of A-Z advice for all of the common challenging behaviors of toddlers.

posted by Anonymous on April 14, 2006

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Supernanny: How to Get the Best from Your Children

I have found a number of the techniques in this book to work on my three children...however they are not new at all. The point comes across quite clearly that in order to change the child's behavior, the parent will have to change theirs first...For example, she sugge...
I have found a number of the techniques in this book to work on my three children...however they are not new at all. The point comes across quite clearly that in order to change the child's behavior, the parent will have to change theirs first...For example, she suggests using a firm but calm voice with eye contact, consistency, and giving consequences like 2 minutes on 'the naughty stool.' Jo Frost does gives some practical advice that works, however I don't care for the naughty stool (or mat) or time-out for that matter. Perhaps you too have tried to be consistent and stick to your guns by putting a screaming, kicking, biting toddler onto a time-out chair for 2 minutes...they are the ones in control!! My daughter will arch her back, won't bend at the waist and if she decides to sit down momentarily to catch her breath, she quickly become a limp noddle and literally slithers right onto the floor! This type of punishment does not work for me or my neighbor and I prefer more positive alternatives to gain compliance...and I am NOT a wimpy parent. I highly recommend 2 superior books that offer hundreds of specific positive discipline and communication skills...For parents of 2- to 6-year-olds, consider the quick reference A-Z troubleshooting guide titled 'THE POCKET PARENT'...for parents of older children, take a look at the classic communications guidebook called 'HOW TO TALK SO KIDS WILL LISTEN AND LISTEN SO KIDS WILL TALK...both very parent friendly and peppered with humor and personal trials and triumphs from the authors about their own children. Supernanny can be a but harsh, judgemental and condescending to the well-meaning parents searching for better child management strategies.

posted by Anonymous on January 22, 2005

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