Loving Your Child Is Not Enough: Positive Discipline That Works

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In this now-classic, straightforward approach to raising children, Nancy Samalin shows parents how to set clear, concise guidelines to ensure positive and constructive discipline. Based on her extensive work with parents and children, she offers the most recent and ...
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Overview

In this now-classic, straightforward approach to raising children, Nancy Samalin shows parents how to set clear, concise guidelines to ensure positive and constructive discipline. Based on her extensive work with parents and children, she offers the most recent and invaluable advice on:
  • Avoiding daily battles
  • Using alternatives to punishment
  • Dealing with anger
  • Learning to let go
  • Diminishing sibling rivalry
  • And much, much more.

Filled with practical solutions to everyday problems and thoughtful, useful information on opening up and communicating between the generations, Loving Your Child is Not Enough will help parents to truly enjoy their child's growing years.

A groundbreaking work that rediscovers nonpunitive discipline, using dialogs between parents and children aged 2-12 to provide a succinct and accessible approach to childraising.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Samalin founded the Parent Guidance Workshops in New York City 10 years ago. With Jablow Cara: Growing Up with a Retarded Child, she presents here persuasive and readily accessible counseling based on workshop sessions with clients. Mothers and fathers record dialogues between them and their small children and bring the transcripts to Samalin for analysis. Readers will laugh, perhaps nervously, at examples of familiar aggravations. In one case study, Chip starts an argument with his mother, demanding that she be the one to dress him. She loses patience; the battle escalates. Soon parent and tot are ``discussing'' on the same level: his. Parents are advised how to talk to their children in tense situations, minor and major. The central idea is that they can discipline their youngsters effectively by first training themselves to think before reacting negatively to misbehavior. 20,000 first printing; first serial to Parents magazine; author tour. March
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[Samalin's] discipline advice, shared with wit and compassion, is absolutely brilliant.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780140094732
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/10/1988
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


NANCY SAMALIN, M.S., is a best-selling parenting author and a pioneer in the field of parent education. A leading speaker on parenting issues in the US, Canada, and abroad, she is known for her practical, concrete advice combined with a highly entertaining delivery. She is the founder and director of Parent Guidance Workshops. She lives in New York.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2005

    Invaluable Parenting Guidance

    This book was instrumental in making me a better and more confident parent. The guidance is practical, clear and sensible - and it works! Much of the guidance in this book is useful over many years of a child's life, just applied a bit differently. I still use tips from this book for my college-age son! The specific advice on disciplining a child without harming the child's self-esteem or harming the parent/child relationship was very useful to my husband and myself. This is the most worthwhile guidance we found anywhere on the subject of child rearing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2002

    Loving Your Child Is Not Enough: Positive Discipline That Works

    After reading this book, I immediately went out and bought the others and I¿ve certainly not been disappointed. The book is an easy read and it has been very useful to me, my wife and our two daughters. Samalin gives excellent suggestions on how to handle the difficult, everyday conflicts that I encountered with my children on an all too regular basis. She gave me effective options to replace the damaging ones that used to pop out of my mouth with what seemed like a will of their own. This book should be required reading for every new parent. I found it indispensable and plan to recommend it to my friends and acquaintances.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2002

    Loving Your Child Is Not Enough: Positive Discipline That Works

    Out of the numerous parenting books I¿ve read this is BY FAR the best. Unlike the other ones which give broad generalizations about child communications and behavior, Loving Your Child Is Not Enough gives specific dialogs and actions to use in a variety of stressful situations. I¿ve recommend Samalin¿s books to many of my friends and I would certainly recommend it to you if you¿re interested in improving your relationship with your children and educating yourself in communication skills. Believe me, reading this book will have a major impact on your life and the payoff is tremendous.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2001

    Ridiculous

    This book is for parents who want permission to let the children be in charge. If you are a firm believer that the parent calls the shots, this book is not for you. I found it to be almost identical to 'How to talk so kids can learn' by Adele Faber, which I also thought was a waste of time. One of the suggestions in Loving your child...is to leave notes for the child, instead of confronting disciplinary issues head on. Part of our job, as parents, is to prepare children for the real world. If the child learns to write notes instead of dealing with issues face to face, she will be perceived as devious and spineless once she gets into the real world. Grow up! Parents are in charge, or at least they should be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2000

    Read This Book!!!

    In all my years of being an educator--29--this is by far the best book on parenting I have read! It reminds me of the 'old school' math books--chock full of practical, down-to-earth examples, not theory--of how to enact positive discipline in your children. Ms. Samalin and Jablow's wealth of experience is brought to bear in this book, and they run the gamut in age ranges--from the toddler through and including high schoolers. This book is an absolute must for any parent--from the first time parent to one having a fourth child. If you think you know all there is to know about parenting, read this book and get ready to 'think again.' I guarantee this book will open you to effective ways to improve your relationships with your children, aside from enacting positive discipline, that you have not thought of before. To paraphrase a famous ad slogan, 'Just Do It'--Read This Book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2000

    Feel Good About Your Children and Yourself

    I must admit, I borrow most of the books that I read from the library...but not when they are written by Nancy Samalin. This and her other two books have so dramatically improved my parenting skills that even I had to run out and buy my own copies. I refer to them over and over again, and have highlighted them extensively. With insight and humor, she teaches fundamental parenting skills that don¿t just come naturally. She helps us to understand why our instinctive reactions -- often those ¿programmed¿ into us during our own childhoods -- often work against effective discipline, whose goal should be to teach our children self-control and good judgement. She provides detailed accounts of actual parent-child interactions, demonstrating words and actions that did not work and positive alternatives that did. Particularly helpful are her suggestions for specific words and phrases that acknowledge our children¿s feelings while still demanding respect and appropriate behavior. Every parent should be given this book in the delivery room! This is the ¿instruction book¿ we¿ve all been wishing for...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2000

    Building a foundation for life

    Nancy's three books emphasize the importance of trust and respect in building a relationship with our children. A child who is secure and trusting learns to respect the limits set by his parents and later recognizes those limits as an act of love. A child learns respect from parents who respect themselves and each other as competent teachers of discipline. Nancy's thought provoking yet practical advice gives parents the skills needed for a confident and consistent parenting style. Our 3 children are 25, 19, and 9 years old. I have had the opportunity of sharing Nancy's insights with the older 2 while applying her principles in a firm and loving manner with the youngest. It's never too late to expand one's parenting repertoire. Thanks, Nancy! Julaine Brent, Toronto, Ontario

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