Loving without Spoiling: And 100 Other Timeless Tips for Raising Terrific Kids

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"A wonderful resource full of effective ways to minimize the stresses of parenthood and raise happy, unspoiled children."—Jack Canfield, coauthor, Chicken Soup for the Parent's Soul

"Nancy Samalin's wonderfully wise book belies the notion that children don't come with an instruction manual. This is it! Her practical advice on setting loving limits takes parents well beyond discipline and provides lasting lessons in raising caring, confident kids."

—Ann Pleshette Murphy, Parenting Correspondent, ABC's "Good ...

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Overview

"A wonderful resource full of effective ways to minimize the stresses of parenthood and raise happy, unspoiled children."—Jack Canfield, coauthor, Chicken Soup for the Parent's Soul

"Nancy Samalin's wonderfully wise book belies the notion that children don't come with an instruction manual. This is it! Her practical advice on setting loving limits takes parents well beyond discipline and provides lasting lessons in raising caring, confident kids."

—Ann Pleshette Murphy, Parenting Correspondent, ABC's "Good Morning America," and "Mother Know How" columnist for Family Circle

"Wonderful advice with specific ideas to help in those frustrating parenting moments. Read it from cover to cover or flip through to find help with your problem-du-jour. Either way, these warmly shared words of wisdom will enrich your life as well as your parenting skills."

—Vicki Lansky, author, Feed Me I'm Yours, Games Babies Play, and Practical Parenting Tips

No parent wants to raise a spoiled kid. We want to raise children who are caring, compassionate, honest, and responsible. In Loving Without Spoiling, bestselling author Nancy Samalin gives you effective ways to set loving limits without spoiling or overindulging your child, including:

  • Power struggles: tame the tantrums, stop the whining, set rules that stick
  • The communication gap: stop repeating yourself, keep it simple, connect with your kids
  • Sibling rivalry: nix the tattling, get out of the fairness trap, minimize the fighting
  • Everyday clashes: win the bedtime wars, avoid homework battles, diminish dawdling, cure the "gimmes"

Nancy Samalin, M.S., is the bestselling author of Loving Your Child Is Not Enough, Love and Anger: The Parental Dilemma, and Loving Each One Best. She is the founder and director of Parent Guidance Workshops in New York City and has appeared on many national TV shows, including "Today," "Good Morning America," "20/20," "Dateline NBC," "CBS This Morning," and CNN.

Catherine Whitney is a professional writer who has collaborated on numerous award-winning and bestselling nonfiction books. She lives in South Nyack, New York.

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Blade Washington Bureau
Even seasoned parents can benefit from a periodical tune-up of their child-rearing skills. Now parenting expert Nancy Samalin offers an easy way to do that in her new book.—March 2, 2003
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071424929
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/19/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 548,146
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Samalin is the bestselling author of Loving Your Child Is Not Enough, Love and Anger, and Loving Each One Best. She is the founder and director of Parent Guidance Workshops. Samalin was a contributing editor to Parents magazine and is a regular guest on "Good Morning America," "Today," "20/20," and "Dateline NBC."

Catherine Whitney has cowritten numerous award-winning and bestselling nonfiction books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2006

    Great Teacher's Aid

    I attended the NAEYC Early Childhood Conference in New York City in December 2002, and one of the authors was present and taught a session. I just loved some of the incerpts that she read from the book. I don't have children of my own yet, but I teach pre-school children and found this book extremely insightful. This book is great for anyone that is around kids.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2003

    Loving without Spoiling : And 100 Other Timeless Tips for Raising Terrific Kids

    It's ideal and invaluable in addressing our issues and questions in a concise and thoughtful format. The quick reference guide is brilliant and each chapter a gem. It's her best yet, both organized and to the point.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2003

    Loving without Spoiling : And 100 Other Timeless Tips for Raising Terrific Kids

    In Loving Without Spoiling, Nancy Samalin is at her best: using examples from real families to show how specific words and actions can help parents bring out the best in their kids -- and themselves. Good parenting requires more than instinct and common sense; it's a skill that we develop with help from practical and compassionate teachers like Nancy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2003

    A wonderful book for new parents

    This is the book I would like to hand every new parent as they begin their journey. Nancy Samalin has provided a map for parents to help them navigate the bumps and blind curves on the road to raising happy, responsible children. Experienced parents will recognize and appreciate the jewels of wisdom in this practical and wise guide to parenting. - Maureen Murphy, Director of The Children's School in Stamford, CT, recognized by the Ford Foundation as a leader and innovator in early childhood education.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2003

    The best book out there on parenting!

    Loving Without Spoiling is ideal and invaluable in addressing our issues and questions in a concise and thoughtful format. The quick reference guide is brilliant and each chapter a gem.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2003

    Practical, Realistic Advice for Parents - Great Book

    Good parenting requires more than instinct and common sense; it's a skill that we develop with help from practical and compassionate teachers like Nancy Samalin. Parents of children at any age will benefit tremendously from Loving Without Spoiling -- and all of Samlin's insightful parenting books. She uses examples from real families to show how parents can respond to everyday challenges in a way that not only improves childrens' behavior but also creates a respectful dynamic in all aspects of family life. My highest recommendation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2003

    The flat-out best parenting book I have read

    'Loving Without Spoiling' is flat-out the best book I have read on how to help parents! I can tell from Nancy's writing that she has 'been in the trenches'. Her practical, down-to-earth tips are written in such a light-hearted, loving way that it is well-nigh impossible to not come away from reading this book both inspired and motivated to embrace my relationships fully with the children in my life. Nancy is both a messenger of good will and true hope for the many parents who struggle daily in their challenges with their children. In short, this book is a true blessing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2002

    Oodles of Quick Read Tips That Really Work!

    I am a fan of Nancy Samalin's positive discipline techniques that are based on Dr. Hiam Ginott's philosophy of teaching kids right from wrong. I love this book because it covers so many issues and so many tips and techniques to try with children of all ages-- tots through teens. I don't have the time nor the desire to read an entire book cover to cover that only addresses one subject. I just want the "how to's" in a nutshell. This book is arranged so that I may easily consult it--even in the heat of the moment, when I'm at a loss of what to do instead of my automatic reactions of yelling, threatening, criticizing and nagging that simply aren't working anyway. I find that I get more cooperation from my kids (including my husband) when I am able to first change my approach. I realize that it is often HOW I say "it" that will determine whether I get the compliance I'm after. I would also like to highly recommend a wonderful pocketsized paperback based on the very same philosophy. So, if you have preschoolers like me, "The Pocket Parent" is written exclusively for parents and teachers of 2's, 3's, 4's, and 5's and is formatted alphabetically by behavior ( such as bad words, biting, gimmes, hitting, lying, whining, etc.) These two books offer many, many options about how communication can change for the better, still enforcing the necessary limits, while responding with understanding and empathy for the child's feelings. This approach includes many sensible, humane ways to solve problems that often require quite a bit of practice. I feel like I'm a much better parent when I am able to use this philosophy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2002

    Loving without Spoiling : And 100 Other Timeless Tips for Raising Terrific Kids

    I really liked this book a lot! Its format makes it easy to look up solutions to conflicts that seem to pop up all too often. This book is far more helpful than other books I¿ve read on the subject. The advice is sound and Loving Without Spoiling focuses on resolving everyday conflicts rather than merely spouting a bunch of theory. It is easy to read and I found the dialogs & anecdotes extremely useful. This book has absolutely changed the way I interact with my three children and it is directly responsible for the fact that we now get along much, much better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2002

    Loving without Spoiling : And 100 Other Timeless Tips for Raising Terrific Kids

    What a tremendously helpful book! It¿s packed with tons of useful and practical tips on handling problems and conflicts that seem to pop up all too often. I was glued to the book all last week and feverishly gobbled up the information in record time. I found the sections on how to reduce whining, temper tantrums in public places, morning craziness and problems at the dinner table particularly useful. I especially liked the many dialogs Samalin includes in her book since I can relate to many of them and they are instructive. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I¿ve already recommended it a several of my friends and coworkers. I¿ve read and enjoyed Samalin¿s other books but this one is definitely my favorite.

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