Discipline: The Brazelton Way

Discipline: The Brazelton Way

by T. Berry Brazelton, Joshua Sparrow

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World renowned pediatricians T. Berry Brazelton and Joshua Sparrow see discipline as a parent’s gift to a child. By following the doctors’ unique approach, which emphasizes teaching over punishment, parents will find effective solutions for common behavior problems. Not only will parents feel more confident and at ease but they will also experience the joy of raising children who learn to discipline themselves. The vital advice covers six stages of discipline, the power of consequences, ways to encourage moral development and empathy, dealing with misbehavior (from biting and fighting to cheating, lying and using foul language), and special disciplinary challenges (including academic pressure, illness, and digital technology).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738218373
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 07/14/2015
Series: A Merloyd Lawrence Book Series
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 723,692
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

T. Berry Brazelton, M.D., founder of the Child Development Unit at Children's Hospital Boston, is Clinical Professor of Pediatrics Emeritus at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Pediatrics and Human Development at Brown University. He is a famed advocate for children, and his many other internationally acclaimed books for parents include To Listen to a Child, Infants and Mothers, and, with Stanley I. Greenspan, M.D., The Irreducible Needs of Children. Joshua D. Sparrow, M.D child psychiatrist and supervisor of inpatient psychiatry at Children's Hospital Boston, is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and Associate Director of Training at the Brazelton Touchpoints Center. He is co-author with Dr. Brazelton of Touchpoints Three to Six and several titles in the Brazelton Way series.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition xi

Introduction: Your Child's Road to Self-Discipline xxi

Chapter 1 The Touch Points of Discipline 1

Touchpoints 2

The Building Blocks of Discipline: First 6 Months 2

7 to 8 Months: The Need for Limits Begins 5

9 to 12 Months: Reading Parents" Faces 9

12 to 14 Months 13

The Second Year 15

Discipline and a Child's Emotional Development 19

Moral Development 24

Self-Esteem 26

Defenses: The Cost of Facing Reality 28

From Discipline to Self-Discipline 30

Chapter 2 An Approach to Discipline 33

Parents' Memories of Discipline 33

Adapting Discipline to Differences in Temperament 34

The Influence of a Parent's Own Example 36

The Cost of Humiliation 38

Physical Punishment 39

Getting a Child's Attention 41

Reading a Child's Behavior 42

The Chance to Make Up for Misbehaving 44

The Power of Consequences 44

The Importance of a United Front 49

Help from Others 53

Chapter 3 Discipline as Learning The Five Steps 57

Step 1 Understanding a Child's Misbehavior 57

Step 2 Discovering What Happened 65

Step 3 Confrontation, Containment, and Setting Limits 68

Step 4 The Child's Reaction 70

Step 5 Consequences, Reparations, and Forgiveness 72

Chapter 4 Ways to Discipline 79

Usually Worth a Try 80

Sometimes Useful 89

Not Helpful 97

Chapter 5 Common Behavior Problems 105

Always Looking for Attention 105

Begging and Whining 106

Biting-and Hitting, Kicking, and Scratching 109

Bullying 111

Cheating 112

Defiance 113

Disobedience 116

Lying 118

Power Struggles 121

Running Away 122

Separation Problems 124

Sibling Rivalry 126

"Spoiled" Children 128

Stealing 129

Swearing and Toilet Talk 133

Talking Back 135

Tantrums 137

Tattling 139

Teasing 140

Chapter 6 Common Disciplinary Challenges 143

Digital Technology 143

Health Issues 146

Academic Pressures 147

Economic Pressures on Families 148

Grandparents and Discipline 149

Single Parents 151

Bibliography 153

Resources for Parents 155

Acknowledgments 157

Index 159

About the Authors 161

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Discipline-The Brazelton Way 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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As usual, he teaches us to love our children and love our family. He is sincere and warm with a huge heart of gold. THANK YOU FOR SHOWING US kids really need kindness to learn best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was not sure what age span was addressed in this new little book on discipline, but because I am an avid Brazelton fan, I bought it anyway. Although, there is quite a bit of general discipline philosophy and information in the book, I feel the majority of it is geared to parents and teachers of 2-6 year olds. Sometimes the text refers to "older children"; but, from the advice that is given on topics like stealing, I would say older children means ages 7-10. I do think all the information makes good sense and is in keeping with the many other Brazelton books. I particularly like the section of the book that explains a variety of discipline techniques...one by one. The authors include pros and cons on each one-- which I found unique and helpful. The last part of the book gives solutions to common misbehaviors like biting, tantrums, sibling fights, foul language, and lying. I found this section easy to quickly look up a particular problem --where the authors offer concise, easy to understand information on the why's and what to do's with each troublesome behavior. If you have 2-5 year olds, I would like to also highly recommend another "little book" called "The Pocket Parent"--an A-Z pocket-sized compendium written exclusively for parents and teachers of preschoolers. This book is a very "hands-on" companion to "Discipline: The Brazelton Way". "The Pocket Parent" offers a good dose of welcome humor and fabulous short real-life anecdotes that illustrate many of the suggested positive discipline techniques. Both books are under $10 and a worthwhile addition to your personal or school reference library...always ready to restore your sanity--especially when you feel you're just about to lose your mind!