Winning the Discipline Debates: Dr. Ray Coaches Parents to Make Discipline Less Frequent, Less Frustrating, and More Consistent

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Winning the Discipline Debates covers a series of the most common (and most frustrating) discipline scenarios between parents and kids. Written in a script format, dialogue between the characters is interspersed with Dr. Ray's comments and observations, and each scene ends with a summary and discipline ideas from Dr. Ray. As a father of ten (with his children's ages ranging from twelve through twenty-four), clinical psychologist, public speaker, and national radio host, families have literally been Dr. Ray's ...
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Overview


Winning the Discipline Debates covers a series of the most common (and most frustrating) discipline scenarios between parents and kids. Written in a script format, dialogue between the characters is interspersed with Dr. Ray's comments and observations, and each scene ends with a summary and discipline ideas from Dr. Ray. As a father of ten (with his children's ages ranging from twelve through twenty-four), clinical psychologist, public speaker, and national radio host, families have literally been Dr. Ray's life. Learn, laugh, and let Dr. Ray coach you to stand strong and become a more confident parent.

Some of the debates covered in the book include:

  • A child who is wide awake and a mom who just wants to get some sleep
  • A grandmother who interferes with a dad's discipline—and a child who suffers because of it
  • Parents who argue in front of their kids—a lose/lose situation
  • A mom who struggles to enforce the consequences she's decided upon
  • Two siblings who are fighting and a mom who tries to sort things out
From preschool to the late teen years, Dr. Ray coaches parents on how to make discipline less wordy, less frequent, less frustrating—and more definite. With Dr. Ray as your coach, everyone wins!
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  • ISBN-13: 9781616364373
  • Publisher: Franciscan Media
  • Publication date: 2/5/2013
  • Pages: 139
  • Sales rank: 1,386,893
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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Raymond N. Guarendi, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, speaker, and author. He has been a guest on national TV and radio programs such as Oprah, The 700 Club, and CBS This Morning. He offers parents and spouses practical help through his private practice, his books, his syndicated radio show, The Doctor Is In, and his new nationally syndicated TV series, Living Right with Dr. Ray. Dr. Ray is married, the father of ten children, and lives in Canton, Ohio.
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  • Posted February 3, 2013

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    ¿Walker¿ loses driving privileges In a video presentation on his

    “Walker” loses driving privileges
    In a video presentation on his latest work, psychologist Ray Guarendi says he would never write a book without humor. He describes Winning the Discipline Debates as an instructional, step-by-step, scripted version of what might take place if he made a house call to one of his clients and whispered advice as he observed the family dynamic. He also states the goal of Winning the Discipline Debates: to put authority into the hands of parents. 




    In the book’s introduction Guarendi shares his view of “experts” and the proliferation of books and theories on raising children. He advises readers to look at the advice through a personal lens and to avoid giving too much credibility to any one practice or theory. Throughout the book he weighs in on such popular notions as time-outs and “counting,” which rates its own chapter. I’ll use that as sample of the book’s format and style.




    Up for the Count, Chapter 4, features Dad and six-year-old Tarry (example of humor) at the backyard swing set near dinnertime. The “prologue” to this chapter is that counting is a way for preschoolers to how smart they are, but counting discipline by adults isn’t very smart. The scene is written as dialogue between parent and child with comments from Dr. Ray inserted. The kid says he will come down after 10 more swings, then begins counting. Dad tells Tarry to stop counting, and Dad begins a discipline countdown. When Dad tells the kid to get off the swing NOW, and Tarry does a half-baked pretense of slowing down, Dad threatens to “start counting” again. Dr. Ray points out that Dad would probably be in the low seventies if he had continued his original count. Then, the author rewrites the script, giving Dad the opening and closing line-something to the effect that if Tarry isn’t in the house in 10 seconds he won’t be allowed to go back outside after dinner. The “epilogue” of this chapter explains the drawbacks of counting (offered in a 1-2-3 list—that Dr Ray!)




    As promised, Winning the Discipline Debates is practical advice on common hot buttons in families with children aged 5 to about 17. A few issues paired with names of the child characters: Earhard doesn’t “hear” mom calling; Oral wants to negotiate every little thing; Cellina is fighting over her phone; and Walker loses his driving privileges. All with sample scripts and imminently useful comments from a seasoned counselor with 10 kids of his own.

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