Dr. Riley's Box of Tricks: 80 Uncommon Solutions for Everyday Parenting Problems

Dr. Riley's Box of Tricks: 80 Uncommon Solutions for Everyday Parenting Problems

by Douglas A. Riley EdD


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Every parent sends their child to his or her room as a punishment at one time or another. But, have you ever considered grounding your children from their rooms? Dr. Douglas Riley has. In fact, if your daughter isn't allowed to use her own room after you have declared it "unfit for human habitation" until she straightens it, you'll be amazed how clean she will keep her space next time.

Dr. Riley has prescriptions for every situation, from messy rooms to homework procrastination, from sibling combat to cell-phone abuse. Ideal for any exasperated parent, this must-have guide offers dozens of creative solutions for the most persistent parenting problems. These gentle yet proven techniques turn the tables to put you back in charge—and get your kids to laugh in the process.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738214283
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 06/28/2011
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Douglas Riley, EdD, is a licensed clinical psychologist with more than thirty years of experience working with children, adolescents, and parents. He lives in Virginia.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 A Whole New Strategy 9

2 When Your Kids Ignore You 18

Two Times for Free 19

3 Yellers, Screamers, Insulters, Cursers, and Those Ever-Loving Little Mumblers 24

Pump Up the Volume 25

Don't Stand, Don't Stand, Don't Stand So Close to Me … 27

My Ears Don't Work Too Well 28

Shutting Up 31

Misunnerstaninmblrs (Translation: Misunderstanding Mumblers) 33

The Frickin' Trick 35

#*%*! (Translation: The Potty Mouth Log) 37

4 Door Slammers and Stair Stompers 39

Door-Slamming Practice 41

Stair-Stomper Training 43

5 Tales of Messy Rooms 45

The Family Laundry Hamper 47

The Victim of Capitalism 51

Fashion Feng Shui 54

Would You Like Me to Pick That Up for You? 55

Clean Laundry 56

Grounded from Your Room 58

Alien Watch 60

Channel Changer Wars 62

Dishwasher Practice 63

Pretend It's a Picnic 65

6 Liars, Fibbers, and Scammers 66

The Liar's Program 68

The Liar's Program Lite 71

7 Arguers 72

The Arguing Program 74

The Compliment: A Degree in Arguology 77

The Equality Program 79

Trie Real Meaning of "OK" 81

8 Sticky Fingers 82

Hide the Tennis Shoe 84

You Need More Stuff 87

Guard Duty 90

I Don't Know Where That Came From 93

The Five-Foot Rule for Stealers 96

9 Slackers 97

The "Don't Ask Me to Work Too Hard" Meal 98

Slacker-Sized Meals 100

The Slacker Computer 102

GPA Poker 104

10 The Complaint and Blame Department 106

Pre-Complaining 107

The Blame Game 109

Kid Cooks 111

11 School Days, School Daze 112

The "I Forgot" Pizza Method 114

The Lost Pizza Method 116

Rushing Through Homework 119

12 I Don't Know 122

"My Brain Does Not Work" 123

The Mandatory "I Don't Know" 125

The Nana Information Specialist 127

13 Wet Towels, Toothpaste Tubes, and Other Bathroom Battles 130

Bath Time Now 132

The Après Shower Program 133

Grounded from the Tube 134

Bathroom Monopolizer 136

Hot-Water Hogs 137

14 Sibling Combat 138

The Failure to Spend Enough Time Together Program 139

Grounded from Your Mouth Times Two (or More) 142

Car Time-Out 144

The 7-Eleven Solution 146

The Ten-Foot Rule for Multiple Users 147

The Ten-Foot Rule for Regaining the Peace 149

Child in Charge 151

Pet Empathy 153

In Service to the Greater Good 155

Resume the Role 157

A Touch of Class 159

15 Pesterization 160

The Pestering the Pesterizer Program 161

The Poking Program 163

16 Regarding Cell Phones 165

Your Cell Phone Is Broken 167

Texting Maniac 169

The Shortest Trick in the Book 171

17 Slow-Pokey Kids 172

Stop and Go 174

Butler's Salary 175

The Funky Outfit 177

The Thirty-Second Solution 179

18 Touchy Kids and Fit Throwers 181

Bump Training 182

Mistake Training 183

Switch It Up 185

But I'm Siii-iiick! 186

The Little Kid Program 188

19 Gross Stuff 191

Can't Remember to Flush the Potty 192

Burps and Farts 194

20 Interrupters and Subject Shifters 196

Conversus Interruptus 197

Shifting the Subject 199

21 Worrywarts 202

Stupid Vampires 203

Braveheart 205

Dreamweavers 207

Nail Biters 209

22 The Biggest Trick in the Box 210

Epilogue: A Few Parting Words 219

Invent Your Own Tricks and Share Them with Others 220

Acknowledgments 221

About the Author 223

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