Parenting That Works: Building Skills That Last a Lifetime / Edition 1

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Being a parent is probably the most important job many of us will ever have. We recognize that it is not enough to simply raise a child who does what he or she is told or gets good grades. In this book, clinical psychologist Dr. Edward Christophersen and his colleague, child psychologist Dr. Susan Mortweet, show parents how to raise their child to become the adult we'd all like to be-one who is happy and compassionate, confident but not aggressive, and able to make and keep friends. They point out that from babyhood on through the school years, children learn these qualities by observing and interacting with their parents. In clearly written, easy-to-follow chapters, parents are shown how to model and reward positive behaviors and avoid the need for ineffective, punitive discipline. Two key areas are covered in the book: building one's own skills as a parent, and then building one's child's competencies. Scores of practical examples show parents how to teach their children what is important in life, how to communicate clearly, and how to effectively discipline their child. Special parenting topics such as managing a child's behavior in public, monitoring TV, toys, and games, and handling fallout from divorce are also discussed. Readers then learn how to build their child's basic skills by teaching him or her how to quickly get over upsets and how to play independently. The authors also dispense wise advice on the all-too-common problems associated with bedtime and sleeping, toilet training, aggression, and tantrums. This book is a great resource that parents will find reassuring, comprehensive, and thought-provoking.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557989246
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 3
Pt. I Building Effective Parenting Skills 7
Ch. 1 Teaching Your Child What Is Important 9
Ch. 2 Providing Positive Feedback 31
Ch. 3 Communicating With Your Child 45
Ch. 4 Disciplining Your Child Effectively 65
Ch. 5 Building Parent Coping Skills 99
Pt. II Special Parenting Topics 121
Ch. 6 Managing Your Child's Behavior Away From Home 123
Ch. 7 Getting the Most Out of Toys, Games, and Sports 131
Ch. 8 Dealing With Divorce 163
Pt. III Building Your Child's Skills 177
Ch. 9 Building Self-Quieting Skills 179
Ch. 10 Encouraging Independent Play Skills 195
Pt. IV Special Child Topics 207
Ch. 11 Establishing Bedtime 209
Ch. 12 Facilitating Toilet Training 229
Ch. 13 Discouraging Aggression 267
Ch. 14 Coping With Whining and Tantrums 311
Final Thoughts 325
Notes 327
Index 331
About the Authors 355
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2007

    Interesting take on parenting

    I thought the book was ok. At times it was a little to psycological in its approach

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2002

    A must read for all parents!!

    A must read for all parents. This parenting book encourages you to get on the "ten year plan." No, this is not a financial or business plan but a way to learn how to play with your child, to go into public with your son, and to develop language skills by talking to your daughter. The skills taught in "Parenting that Works" will assist you with teaching your child now, what most parents hope to see in their adolescents in 10 years. Christophersen and Mortweet suggest that these skills must be practiced and taught over time, typically 3 months, before they become a part of your parenting style and part of your daughter?s behavior. This is an excellent book that is easy to read and understand. The examples described by the authors resonate with what parents experience. With practice, patience, and your support; your son will be able to develop the ability to play independently, manage his moods and "self-quiet," and respond appropriately to requests and expectations. These concepts are explained well, are clear and easy to implement, but do take time and energy to practice and get good at! Another great parenting book by Christophersen and Mortweet. These skills can be used with young children and adolescents.

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