Discipline: The Brazelton Way, Advice from America's Favorite Pediatrician

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Sleepless nights, wailing babies, and defiant toddlers-these are universal issues for new parents. Now beloved pediatrician T. Berry Brazelton and his esteemed colleague the child psychiatrist Joshua Sparrow come to the rescue with these highly effective and affordable guides. Full of empathy, warmth, and wisdom, each book in the Brazelton Way series leads parents step-by-step through these trying struggles. Courtesy of Dr. Brazelton's unparalleled under-standing and experience, parents will emerge from the ...

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Overview

Sleepless nights, wailing babies, and defiant toddlers-these are universal issues for new parents. Now beloved pediatrician T. Berry Brazelton and his esteemed colleague the child psychiatrist Joshua Sparrow come to the rescue with these highly effective and affordable guides. Full of empathy, warmth, and wisdom, each book in the Brazelton Way series leads parents step-by-step through these trying struggles. Courtesy of Dr. Brazelton's unparalleled under-standing and experience, parents will emerge from the turmoil relieved, empowered, and full of new pleasure in the strength and progress of their individual child.

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Part of a series dealing with common parenting challenges, this newest by Brazelton, with coauthor Sparrow, zeroes in on the topic of discipline, focusing on infancy through age six. Brazelton walks parents through with a gentle tone, modeling for readers that compassion is needed even when dealing with children who need to be disciplined. The authors point out that discipline involves teaching (not punishment), providing boundaries that all kids require. Children who can count on boundaries and rules, Brazelton says, feel safe and loved. Kids learn the rules through repetition, consistency and clear messages, the authors say, and though it may be frustrating for parents to repeat the same lessons or instructions, this is how children learn. Part of the process involves "testing" parents to see if they are serious, so clarity and consistency will help, as will sharing the responsibilities for discipline with a spouse. A useful section describes specific strategies, outlining the pros and cons of such tactics as time outs, taking toys away or docking allowances for older children. The volume helps parents comprehend the importance of discipline and the best ways to achieve it, with the goal eventually being a sense of self-discipline as the child grows. Compact and user-friendly, this is an essential addition to a busy parent's Brazelton library. (Feb.) Forecast: Brazelton's name sells, and these small-format guides (Calming Your Fussy Baby and Sleep will be published the same month) are priced for impulse buys.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738207834
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 1/7/2003
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 644,768
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

T. Berry Brazelton, M.D., founder of the Child Development Unit at Children's Hospital Boston, is Clinical Professor of Pediatrics Emeritus at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Pediatrics and Human Development at Brown University. He is a famed advocate for children, and his many other internationally acclaimed books for parents include To Listen to a Child, Infants and Mothers, and, with Stanley I. Greenspan, M.D., The Irreducible Needs of Children. Joshua D. Sparrow, M.D child psychiatrist and supervisor of inpatient psychiatry at Children's Hospital Boston, is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and Associate Director of Training at the Brazelton Touchpoints Center. He is co-author with Dr. Brazelton of Touchpoints Three to Six and several titles in the Brazelton Way series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2003

    Sincere and Warm

    As usual, he teaches us to love our children and love our family. He is sincere and warm with a huge heart of gold. THANK YOU FOR SHOWING US kids really need kindness to learn best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2003

    A short book loaded with wisdom

    I was not sure what age span was addressed in this new little book on discipline, but because I am an avid Brazelton fan, I bought it anyway. Although, there is quite a bit of general discipline philosophy and information in the book, I feel the majority of it is geared to parents and teachers of 2-6 year olds. Sometimes the text refers to "older children"; but, from the advice that is given on topics like stealing, I would say older children means ages 7-10. I do think all the information makes good sense and is in keeping with the many other Brazelton books. I particularly like the section of the book that explains a variety of discipline techniques...one by one. The authors include pros and cons on each one-- which I found unique and helpful. The last part of the book gives solutions to common misbehaviors like biting, tantrums, sibling fights, foul language, and lying. I found this section easy to quickly look up a particular problem --where the authors offer concise, easy to understand information on the why's and what to do's with each troublesome behavior. If you have 2-5 year olds, I would like to also highly recommend another "little book" called "The Pocket Parent"--an A-Z pocket-sized compendium written exclusively for parents and teachers of preschoolers. This book is a very "hands-on" companion to "Discipline: The Brazelton Way". "The Pocket Parent" offers a good dose of welcome humor and fabulous short real-life anecdotes that illustrate many of the suggested positive discipline techniques. Both books are under $10 and a worthwhile addition to your personal or school reference library...always ready to restore your sanity--especially when you feel you're just about to lose your mind!

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