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Who's the Boss: How to Regain and Maintain Your Parental Authority When Kids Rule the Roost

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Are more and more children getting away with everything? Are more and more parents losing control?

You bet, and those parents want help in regaining that control-of the family, the house, and themselves. With its balanced and practical program, this book gives every parent all the information and tools they need to shift the balance of power to its rightful place in the home,...

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Overview

Are more and more children getting away with everything? Are more and more parents losing control?

You bet, and those parents want help in regaining that control-of the family, the house, and themselves. With its balanced and practical program, this book gives every parent all the information and tools they need to shift the balance of power to its rightful place in the home, while addressing such concerns as:

• Parenting with both firmness and flexibility
• Clarifying family values and priorities
• Avoiding playing the blame game
• Finding the middle ground between permissive parenting and authoritarian rule
• Minimizing the effects of divorce
• Setting limits and making peace

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399528125
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/3/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Aleta Koman, M.Ed., is a nationally celebrated child and family therapist who maintains a private practice in the Boston area. She lectures on psychological topics to adults and children, and offers corporate seminars and workshops on personal, marital, and family issues. She appears regularly on network television programs, including "The Today Show."

Edward Myers is a freelance writer who, together with Koman, has written The Parenting Survival Kit and How to Mend a Broken Heart.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
A Note Regarding Usage xi
Introduction: Timid Parents, Unruly Kids 1
Chapter 1 The Growing Dilemma of Parental Authority 9
Chapter 2 How Parenting Style Influences Authority 24
Chapter 3 Discipline and Conflicts 48
Chapter 4 The Influences of Temperament and Gender 78
Chapter 5 The Burdens and Blessings of the Past 96
Chapter 6 Values and Family Communication 110
Chapter 7 The Superparent Syndrome 136
Chapter 8 The Importance of Civility 152
Chapter 9 Solving the Latchkey Dilemma 169
Chapter 10 Coping with the Side Effects of Divorce 181
Chapter 11 Dealing with Mass Media 202
Conclusion: The Compass of Parental Authority 217
Appendix A Child Development and Age-Appropriate Behavior 225
Appendix B Resource Guide 239
Notes 265
Index 269
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