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"Parenting our kids is critically important and, at times, confusing. Based on years of research and experience, Linda Budd has created a four-channel model that can serve as lighthouses to keep our parental sailing on course. It's simple, sound, and practical. I'm sure parents will find it helpful."
David Walsh, PhD, Author of Why Do They Act That Way?
"Wise, balanced, compassionate, and challenging. I can't think of a better comprehensive guide for today's parents. Linda Budd's immersion in the lives of real families comes through on every page."
William J. Doherty, PhD, Author of Take Back Your Kids.
"Linda Budd brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as a therapist and parent educator to this gem of a book. Within a clear framework of children's social and emotional development from birth to adulthood, Budd offers parents fresh insight into the meaning of behavior and practical tips for helping children find the best within. Whether your children are toddlers or teens, this book will help you keep your eye on the goal of guiding your children to become the healthy, happy, compassionate and responsible people they are meant to be."
Marti Erickson, PhD, Co-host, Mom Enough™ (www.MomEnough.com)
When parenting situations call for more than sound-bite solutions, Linda Budd's book can help parents of children from birth through age 20 look beyond the tension of the moment to the bigger picture of parenting. Likening parenting to maneuvering a boat, Budd uses the four elements of effective parenting (security, protection, respect and importance) as channel markers to help parents avoid the hazardous shoals in the river of parenting experiences. The many examples offer a wide range of suggestions from immediate responses to the importance of long-term rituals for keeping the parenting boat in the middle of the stream.
Jean Illsley Clarke, PhD, Author of How Much Is Enough?