I Never Get Anything!: How to Keep Your Kids from Running Your Life

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Outlining the six tactics kids use to get their way, this reference teaches parents to think objectively about their children's favorite ploys and emotionally manipulative strategies. Insightful analyses emphasize the importance of understanding the underlying emotional dynamics of testing and offer practical solutions, from knowing how to say “no” comfortably to when to say “yes” encouragingly. Ensuring a healthy relationship between children and parents, this humorous, down-to-earth guide enables parents to ...
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Overview


Outlining the six tactics kids use to get their way, this reference teaches parents to think objectively about their children's favorite ploys and emotionally manipulative strategies. Insightful analyses emphasize the importance of understanding the underlying emotional dynamics of testing and offer practical solutions, from knowing how to say “no” comfortably to when to say “yes” encouragingly. Ensuring a healthy relationship between children and parents, this humorous, down-to-earth guide enables parents to manage their own behavior and that of their children.
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“One of the most powerful crystallizations of Caribbean childhood since George Lamming’s In the Castle of My Skin.” —Chris Searle

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781889140131
  • Publisher: Parentmagic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Pages: 197
  • Sales rank: 814,201
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Thomas W. Phelan, PhD is a clinical psychologist and the author of 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children, All About Attention Deficit Disorder, Surviving Your Adolescents, Self-Esteem Revolutions in Children, and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder. He lives in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.
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Table of Contents

Part I Who's Running the Show?
1. What Are These Children Doing!? 3
2. How Far Can I Go? 9
3. The Four Choices of Frustrated Kids 15
Part II The Emotional Clout of Young Children
4. The Six Kinds of Testing and Manipulation 29
5. Just Below the Surface 39
6. Adult Reactions to Testing 47
7. What Is Not Testing and Manipulation 57
Part III What to Think--Romance and Reality
8. Parenting: The Dream and The Job 65
9. Think! Back to Reality 73
10. Name That Tactic! 81
Part IV What to do--the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
11. Make Up Your Mind! 97
12. Stop Talking! 117
13. Take Charge: Testing and Manipulation 137
14. Take Charge: Noncompliance 151
15. The Efficiency of Counting 159
Part V Practice, Practice, Practice
16. Ready for Anything! Part 1 169
17. Ready for Anything! Part 2 177
Part VI What Lies Ahead?
18. A Brighter Future 193
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