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The Well-Behaved Child by John Rosemond

The Well-Behaved Child

John Rosemond

This book is about how to raise a well-behaved child. Part of the title says discipline that works. Does this book provide the answers? Can it help you raise a well-behaved child? I have read the book and I say it can lay ...
The Well-Behaved Child

John Rosemond

This book is about how to raise a well-behaved child. Part of the title says discipline that works. Does this book provide the answers? Can it help you raise a well-behaved child? I have read the book and I say it can lay the ground work to a well-behaved child. It is geared more toward the 2-12 age range, but if you have an older child, I would implement these rules first and proceed from there. In this book are many tried and true ways to have a well-behaved child. One quote I like from the book is "Children like to misbehave..misbehavior is addictive." The child learns they get a reaction from their parents when they misbehave, but they really want to do better.

This book is about ways to cultivate a well-behaved child. "Punishment is every bit as necessary to raising a well-behaved child as weeding is to growing a successful garden." "A garden cannot weed itself, and children cannot discipline themselves." Parents have to take an active role in the discipline of their children. "Parental yelling is a sign that parents have lost confidence in themselves." This book shows you how to deal effectively with your child and teach them discipline in a loving way. "Effective punishment can only be done out of love."

I like the way this book is set up and the ways John Rosemond shows you how to have a well-behaved child. It is very straightforward and filled with loving and understanding ways to get through to your child and teach them.

posted by mustlovetoread on November 26, 2009

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Same ideas with a new twist

I admit it. I have a 4 year old that is a problem child. She could scare Super Nanny away within 5 minutes! I have searched high and low for a book that would help me get her under control. After reading this book, I am still looking. Every suggestion in this book are o...
I admit it. I have a 4 year old that is a problem child. She could scare Super Nanny away within 5 minutes! I have searched high and low for a book that would help me get her under control. After reading this book, I am still looking. Every suggestion in this book are ones that I have already tried and have already failed. This book just puts a new spin on the current methods that are already out there. This book would be great for a new parent of an infant to help them have a guide to start with, but since I didn't get to have this book from the beginning, I find myself still searching for the one thing that will work for me. Maybe these techniques can work for your child, so don't be afraid to try this book! Maybe I just have a stubborn child who refuses to listen to her mom!

posted by djsfoxylady on September 25, 2009

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  • Posted November 20, 2009

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    The Well-Behaved Child

    I recently read "The Well-Behaved Child" by John Rosemond. In this book the author covers the 7 fundamentals to effective discipline with the understanding that the parent takes his/her role seriously. Mr Rosemond encourages no-nonsense parenting where children do as they are told ad parents are respected.

    I really struggled to get through this book. While I believe that children should be disciplined, I do not believe that this is the way to do it. I found the author to be very intolerant of any other parenting methods while bashing other child experts. I tried implementing one or two of his guidelines, but found that it did more damage than good. I have always tried to look to the Father as my example on how to raise my son. I don't feel that there are any Biblical principles outlined in this book. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Posted November 22, 2009

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    The Well-Behaved Child

    The Well-Behaved Child from Thomas Nelson is a book that helps parents learn how to effectively discipline children. In this book "America's most widely read parenting expert" John Rosemond discusses the fundamentals of effective discipline and discipline tools for parents to use. He has a chapter on seven common behavior problems--bedtime battles, food fights (this includes things like children refusing to eat), stealing and lying, sibling warfare, refusing to use the potty, tantrums, and defiance.
    Discipline is one of those issues every parent struggles with at one time or another. In my opinion this author has some good tools for parents to use to get their children to behave. The main point is that the parents need to make the issue, whatever it is, a problem for the child and not let it become a problem for the parent. For example, repeatedly making threats to the child or getting all worked up over their misbehavior isn't giving the child any incentive to stop whatever behavior you want stopped. However, if you give a consequence like sending the child to bed early that night for the behavior with no questions asked, then it gives them a problem. They don't want to go to bed early so then it becomes a problem for them. The author gives examples of parents who have used his methods with success.
    I read this book to count towards my continuing education hours. He made many references to parents and teachers working together to solve behavior issues.
    I was turned off by this book in the first few pages because the author referred to children as "demon spawn of satan." I couldn't believe this when I read this. I would never refer to my child in this way. I have spent time in the classroom and seen a range of children, and I would never classify any child in this way either. I was turned off because of this in the first few pages. Throughout the book the author discredits psychologists and others in the field that they are making incorrect diagnoses for parents regarding children's behavior problems. It seemed to me that he believes his way is the only way and all others are incorrect. I just don't believe this. I'm sure his methods do work; I do not doubt that. It just felt all a bit extreme to me in how he presented it and his attitude that came across to me in his writing.
    This book was easy to read and the stories he used from parents were interesting. This book gave me ideas of things to try in our parenting. I wouldn't tell you to go buy this for yourself though. Read it from the library instead if you are interested.

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