Picking Your Battles: Winning Strategies for Raising Well-Behaved Kids

Picking Your Battles: Winning Strategies for Raising Well-Behaved Kids

by Bonnie Maslin
     
 

How often as parents do we promise ourselves that we won't "sweat the small stuff" when it comes to our kids? And how often does our concern—or our tight schedules—make us do exactly that?

In a non-judgemental voice that speaks to parents everywhere, the author shows how to avoid "no-win" discipline styles and instead set limits, develop a child's sense

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Overview

How often as parents do we promise ourselves that we won't "sweat the small stuff" when it comes to our kids? And how often does our concern—or our tight schedules—make us do exactly that?

In a non-judgemental voice that speaks to parents everywhere, the author shows how to avoid "no-win" discipline styles and instead set limits, develop a child's sense of self-discipline, and use anger positively to survive the hassles and headaches of everyday life. With a unique and effective combination of authority and accessibility, Maslin gives parents both the big picture on understanding their child and step-by-step solutions to those inevitable battles they will face.

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"What I like about this book is its positive tone and no-holds barred information about how to parent children so that they will develop their potential and learn structure. All parents will find this book immensely practical and useful. I highly recommend it."

-Harville Hendrix, Ph. D., author of Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples, and co-author with Helen LaKelly Hunt of Giving the Love that Heals: A Guide for Parents

"This is a compelling, engrossing and informative read. It combines the practical with the analytical, making you understand what to do with developing children and why. The content and format make it accessible and consumer friendly. No parent should miss this resource as a necessity and a comfort."

-Janice Weinman, Ed.D., president, Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc. (K.I.D.S.), former executive vice president, The College Board, special assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Education

"In this important book, weary parents will quickly learn to pick their combative engagements properly-in order not to become battle-fatigued in the foxholes of family life. Dr. Maslin has designed a balancing act for child-rearing that is parent-friendly and child-sensitive. And now, these triumphant care-takers will be able to deliver to the world fully-functioning children who will become adults that are loving, mature, self-responsible, disciplined, and endowed with wisdom gained from winning strategies that abound in Bonnie's kidology concepts."

-Dr. Gwendolyn Goldsby Grant, psychologist, parent, advice columnist Essence magazine, and author of The Best Kind of Loving

"For real estate, the credo is 'location, location, location.' For parent books, it is 'practical, practical, practical.' Bonnie Maslin in Picking Your Battles takes knowledge and turns it into steps of effective wisdom. Children taught discipline by parents are thus helped to avoid the later much harsher discipline required when taught by life."

-John E. Schowalter, M.D., Albert J. Solnit Professor Emeritus, Yale University Child Study Center

"Picking Your Battles is a wonderful book. Bonnie Maslin has a gift for making the challenges of parenting easier and more rewarding. Dr. Maslin has used her own experiences as a parent and grandparent and years of clinical practice to make Picking Your Battles easy to read and an essential book for all parents. It will help parents to be better informed and more likely to find parenting easier, more fun and more rewarding." -Harold S. Koplewicz, M.D., Founder and Director, New York University Child Study Center, Arnold and Debbie Simon Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine

"Dr. Bonnie Maslin has done it again. Knitting together years of expertise, nuggets of wisdom, and superb intuition, Picking Your Battles is a reader-friendly way to help hurried and embattled parents create a stress-free homelife. This delightfully written strategic guide is perfect for parents who would rather hug than fight."

-Professor Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, author of Einstein Never Used Flashcards and How Babies Talk

"This is an incredibly powerful book for parents because it speaks their language and it gives them examples of the very thing they may be struggling with when they read it. It is written in a direct, honest, non-judgmental, and open manner and affords the reader the opportunity to consider their own behavior without blame and without a sense of having 'harmed' their child. Dr. Maslin has done a superb job in writing a book about child development that is not pedantic but, rather, it is a caring, sensitive book which stresses the need for people to think about their own feelings and their own experiences when dealing with their children. It is a must for all parents."

-Paul Jay Fink, MD/professor of psychiatry, Temple University School of Medicine, past president of the American Psychiatric Association

"The book is marvelous. It's funny and real. This is the first book I've read about parents and kids that tells it like it is and offers insights that you can really put to work in real life. It's written with verve and wit, and I am going to recommend it to the families I work with."

-Susanna Morgenthau, family therapist

Harville Hendrix
"What I like about this book is its positive tone and no-holds barred information about how to parent children...I highly recommend it."

-Harville Hendrix, Ph. D., author of Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples, and co-author with Helen LaKelly Hunt of Giving the Love that Heals: A Guide for Parents

Janice Weinman
"...Combines the practical with the analytical, making you understand what to do with developing children and why. No parent should miss this resource as a necessity and a comfort."
John E. Schowalter
"For real estate, the credo is 'location, location, location.' For parent books, it is 'practical, practical, practical.' Bonnie Maslin in Picking Your Battles takes knowledge and turns it into steps of effective wisdom. Children taught discipline by parents are thus helped to avoid the later much harsher discipline required when taught by life."
Harold S. Koplewicz
"Bonnie Maslin has a gift for making the challenges of parenting easier and more rewarding...an essential book for all parents."
author of Einstein Never Used Flashcards Professor Kathy Hirsh-Pasek
"Knitting together years of expertise, nuggets of wisdom, and superb intuition...this delightfully written strategic guide is perfect for parents who would rather hug than fight."
Paul Jay Fink
"This is an incredibly powerful book for parents...which stresses the need for people to think about their own feelings and their own experiences when dealing with their children."
family therapist Susanna Morgenthau
"This is the first book I've read...that tells it like it is and offers insights that you can really put to work in real life."
Dr. Gwendolyn Goldsby Grant
"Dr. Maslin has designed a balancing act for child-rearing that is parent-friendly and child-sensitive...winning strategies...abound in Bonnie's kidology concepts."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312263782
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
05/19/2004
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.95(d)

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