Parenting Toward Solutions: Positive Techniques to Help Parents Use the Skills They Already Have to Raise Responsible, Loving Kids / Edition 1

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Based on Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, a counseling model that focuses on times when a specific problem does not occur instead of why it happens, this remarkable new resource helps parents learn how to change their relationships with their children, so children may be empowered to solve their own problems.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this guide to working through some of the common problems that crop up in raising a family, Metcalf, an experienced family therapist, suggests that understanding the reasons for a behavior doesn't always change it. Focusing on solutions, she offers parents ways of changing their children's destructive behaviors by using the skills they have already learned, especially from the workplace. While children, of course, aren't expected to behave like corporate employees, Metcalf makes her points forcefully, putting forth extremely specific strategies and goals, illustrated with sample dialogues and case studies. Readers who aren't put off by the author's stilted prose and somewhat monotonously earnest tone will likely find useful observations and approaches here. Metcalf shows readers how to keep the child's problem from overshadowing the whole child and how to define it as something that can be solved. She offers techniques for improving communication with teenagers and helping younger children overcome specific anxieties. Strategies for handling more serious challenges, such as attention deficit disorder, depression and anger, are also provided, along with information on dealing with school conflicts from kindergarten on. Tips on talking to kids about grief and loss, sex and drugs are also provided; exercises and worksheets are included throughout the volume. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132696227
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 7.32 (w) x 9.45 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Author
About This Book
Ch. 1 Mining Your Own Resources 1
Ch. 2 New Descriptions ... New Results! 33
Ch. 3 Creating Conversations Out Of Chaos 59
Ch. 4 The Problem May Be ... The "Problem"! 83
Ch. 5 Finding the Path of Least Resistance 109
Ch. 6 School Problems: You Can Influence the Outcome 141
Ch. 7 Talking to Kids During Times of Crisis 171
Ch. 8 Preparing for the Launch 195
Appendix Stories of Exceptional Families from Around the World 207
References 235
Index 239
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