ScreamFree Parenting: Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool

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Start Revolution In Your Family...Tonite!

Every kid wants to have cool parents. This does not mean parents hip to the latest styles, nor parents with no rules whatsoever. What every kid really wants are parents who are able to keep their cool no matter what. Kids want parents who are far less anxious and far more levelheaded than they are. Your kids want you to remain unflappable, even when they flip out.

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Overview

Start Revolution In Your Family...Tonite!

Every kid wants to have cool parents. This does not mean parents hip to the latest styles, nor parents with no rules whatsoever. What every kid really wants are parents who are able to keep their cool no matter what. Kids want parents who are far less anxious and far more levelheaded than they are. Your kids want you to remain unflappable, even when they flip out.

Turns out, that’s exactly what they need.


Screamfree Parenting is the principle-based relationship approach that’s inspiring parents everywhere to truly revolutionize their families. Throwing away many of the child-centered technique-based approaches, the ScreamFree way compels you to instead focus on yourself, grow yourself up and calm yourself down. By calming down and still remaining connected to your kids, you begin to operate less out of your deepest fears and more out of your highest principles, transforming your family relationships to new levels in the process.

We invite you to join the ScreamFree Revolution.

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  • Hal Edward Runkel
    Hal Edward Runkel  

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780975998113
  • Publisher: Oakmont Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

How to Read This Book i
Section 1 Becoming the "Cool" Parent Your Kids Really Need 1
1 Parenting Is Not About Kids, It's About Parents 7
2 Growing Up Is Hard to Do, Especially for Grown-Ups 23
3 If You're Not under Control, Then You Cannot Be in Charge 37
Storytime 51
Section 2 Keeping Your Cool Means Creating Space 57
4 Begin with the End in Mind, but Let Go of the Final Results 61
5 Kids Need Their Room 77
6 Resistance Is Futile; Practice Judo Parenting 95
7 You Are Not a Prophet (and Neither Is Grandma) 113
Storytime 129
Section 3 Keeping Your Cool Means Creating a Place 133
8 Parents Set the Table by Setting the Tone (and Vice Versa) 137
9 Let the Consequences Do the Screaming 153
10 Empty Threats Are Really Broken Promises 169
Storytime 183
Section 4 Putting Yourself into Practice 187
11 Put on Your Own Oxygen Mask First 191
12 Revolutionary Relationships 209
Acknowledgments 223
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2006

    So different, yet so incredibly true

    I've read many parenting books, and this one is really different. It almost makes all the others not necessary?! At the very least it gives you a path or a framework for some of the other good programs or parenting approaches out there. We all have this great vision for ourselves as great parents doing all the right things at all the right times. ScreamFree Parenting gives us a new vision to deal with our parenting in a refreshing way. I've never felt so free and yet so much in love with my kids at the same time. Parenting is work, really hard work, but it's joyful now. Even the hard parts. I'm laughing all the time and loving my kids even more. I strongly, strongly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2005

    Great choice of a self-help parenting book

    This book provides a fresh approach to parenting. With a focus on yourself and how you can control your reactions you are enabled to become a better disciplinarian to your child's actions. At the least this approach certainly helps a parent become a better role model to their child. What do you actually teach your children when you are screaming at them?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2005

    An Alternative Approach to Successful Parenting Wisdom

    Hal Edward Runkel is on a roll with his wittily trademarked moniker 'ScreamFree': he has formed a corporation 'ScreamFree Living' which provides advice on parenting, marriage, relationships, and leadership in the form of e-books, lecture series, workshops, hardback books, online parenting forums, and live seminars on CDs. Talk about marketing in the 21st century!'ScreamFree Parenting: Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool' is a fast read, a refreshingly simple way to address the ever-perplexing problems of parenting, and an excellent guide for those who enter the thought process Runkel posits. Through a series of chapters + self-help questions Runkel in essence proposes that tending to our own personality positions, avoiding reactive behavior to stressful situations, and simply remaining 'cool' in the face of crisis is the way to gain a growing household. While it is well known than our children long for limits and solid reliable role models who allow them to grow in to self-sufficient, self-reliant adults, the message just hasn't consistently seeped into the minds of parents. We go from rigid authoritarians (prison guards) to overly permissive (the child rules) atmospheres, neither extreme providing the nurturing plane for child or parent to get the most out the joy of introducing tomorrow's adults to a saner world. Runkel sets out to correct that situation.While written for parents and with excellent examples of how these postulates work, there is much information here for every reader to transpose to simply enhancing our relationship with the world. It is healthy, easy, and constructive. One could quibble with the notion that it is 'unhealthy' for a child not to observe a parent's 'loosing it': children should be exposed to adult fluctuations from perfection in order to avoid the fear of encountering such alternative behavior for the first time in the not-so-safe outside world. Just a thought... But in the end, this is a well written, at times simplistic and tinged by religion, little fast read that is a witty and wholly usable adjunct to improving human behavior. Grady Harp

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2005

    Different From all Parenting Books!

    There are so many parenting books out there; how do you pick the one philosopy or technique that will work in your family? This book takes the bold step of 'throwing out' all the technique stuff that's out there, where you're trying to get your kids to do this or that, or trying to STOP them from doing this or that. Instead, this book says that parenting is not about kids, it's about PARENTS! Makes tremendous sense of course, but this book finaly comes out and says it. It provides a really useful set of parenting principles that apply in every parenting situation, for kids of all ages. The reading flow is friendly and quite funny in places. As I was reading it, I attempted to employ some of these principles in my household, and I must say that there has been a tremendous transformation. The program sets up an envirotment where your kids are responsible for their actions, which is what you want anyway when you send them out into the world. There is a quote on the book that says 'Every Parent Needs this' I agree.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2005

    Found this book in the nick of time

    I got this book thinking it would provide me with a bagful of techniques for parenting my newly adopted baby girl. As a person with inadequate examples of parenting, I knew I needed a different approach. What I found in ScreamFree Parenting was a fundamental shift in how to view parenting altogether. Hal Runkel's central principle, 'Parenting is not about Kids, it's about parents', says it all. This book absolutely has changed my life. It has not only improved my relationship with my daughter, but with ALL my relationships, including my marriage. Highly recommended and when you finish it, READ IT AGAIN!

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