Have a New Kid by Friday: How to Change Your Child's Attitude, Behavior and Character in 5 Days

Have a New Kid by Friday: How to Change Your Child's Attitude, Behavior and Character in 5 Days

by Kevin Leman

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Anyone who has dealt with a strong-willed child knows that it is no easy task to turn bad behavior around. But the popularity of TV programs like Supernanny and Nanny 911 shows that parents have had it up to here and are ready to try anything to get their children to behave. Bestselling author and psychologist Dr. Kevin Leman is here to help.
Have a New Kid by Friday shows parents how to reverse negative behavior in their children--fast! With his signature wit and encouragement, Dr. Leman offers hope and real, practical, doable strategies for regaining control and becoming the parents they always wanted to be. Focusing on changing a child's attitude, behavior, and character, it contains chapters for each day of the week and a special section with advice on everything from rolling eyes to sibling rivalry to talking back to punching walls and much, much more. This large section of more than 100 specific topics is indexed, allowing parents to flip immediately to any areas of concern for witty, straightforward, and gutsy plans of action.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441200020
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 379,791
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Dr. Kevin Leman is an internationally known psychologist, humorist, and bestselling author of The Birth Order Book and Making Children Mind without Losing Yours. He is former consulting psychologist for Good Morning America and a frequent guest on The View, The Early Show, and Focus on the Family. He and his wife, Sande, live in Tucson, Arizona. They have five children and four grandchildren.
Dr. Kevin Leman is an internationally known psychologist, radio and television personality, and speaker who has taught and entertained audiences worldwide with his wit and commonsense psychology. He has made house calls for hundreds of radio and television programs, such as Fox & Friends, The View, Fox's The Morning Show, Today, Dr. Bill Bennett's America in the Morning, 700 Club, CBS This Morning, James Robison's Life Today, Janet Parshall, CNN's American Morning, and Focus on the Family, and has served as a contributing family psychologist to Good Morning America.

A bestselling and award-winning author, Dr. Leman has written more than 50 books about marriage and family issues, including The Birth Order Book, Sheet Music, Making Children Mind without Losing Yours, and Have a New Kid by Friday. He is coauthor, with his son Kevin Leman II, of a series of illustrated children's books for each child in the family. He is also featured on 6 video series on marriage, parenting, blended families, and single parenting.

Dr. Leman and his wife, Sande, live in Tucson, Arizona. They have five children and four grandchildren.

Table of Contents

I've got news for you. Since the beginning of time, kids have been unionized, and they've got a game plan to drive you bonkers. Don't believe it? Take a look around....In today's society, kids even shorter than a yardstick are calling the shots. Some hedonistic little suckers of the ankle-biter battalion have even graduated to emeritus status and are holding down the hormone group division. Then there's the already-adult children who return home to your cozy little nest and stay and stay and stay.... You know all about that. If you picked up this book, you picked it up for a reason. You'd like to see a few things--or maybe many--change in your house. You may have small concerns, or big concerns, about your child at this point.... I'll be blunt. You got a big job to do as a parent, and a short window to do it in. If you believe that you, as a parent, are to be in healthy authority over your child, this book is for you. If you don't believe that you, as a parent, are to be in healthy authority over your child, put this book down right now and buy another.... But I've got a Midas muffler guarantee for you. If you stick to the simple strategies in this book--strategies that any parent can carry out--you'll have a new kid by Friday. You can have a great kid, and you can be a great parent. Your relationship with your child can change in just one week.

Customer Reviews

Have a New Kid by Friday: How to Change Your Child's Attitude, Behavior & Character in 5 Days 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 91 reviews.
DreaB1025 More than 1 year ago
I am of fan of Dr. Leman's work and have read (and own) a number of his books. A friend recommended this one to me and I am very glad I read it! It is practical, written in way that is easy to read and understand and, most importantly, the tips are VERY easy to implement. While I don't have "problem" children I was concerned with my 3-year-olds new attitude and at a loss about how to deal with it. I did not want to be the kind of parent who yells all day long and goes to bed feeling burnt out and unproductive. After reading this I feel like I am better able to control how I respond to situations at home rather than react to them. It has given me great peace of mind! The only negatives, for me, are in the formatting of the nookbook. Text is repeated unnecessarily in italics and often again in the middle of other sentences making it tedious and hard to understand at times. Example, on page 20: "Mom looked him in the eye and said, 'Mommy doesn't feel like Mom looked him in the eye and said, 'Mommy getting you cookies and milk today." Um, what? It happens often and makes reading a frustrating experience. I honestly wish I had just bought a hard copy of this book.
Christina Monette More than 1 year ago
My son was diagnosed with tourettes syndrome. Not an easy child, was told to read the explosive child. I was begining to lose my mind with trying to figure out the best way to help him, and help my husband and I deal with his behavior. Well my husband and I both read the book, and we are on day three. Oh my god my child is not only not exploding, but he can not help me enough and he speaks to me like an angel. The first day was Very hard, He lost the t.v. and finally went to bed 2hours early. I followed all the steps remained calm, and walked away. Today he told me I am the best mom in the world, did the dishes, wouldn't let me pick up his coloring stuff when he was finished, he said,'no mom I want to pick it up.' Everytime I have said no, I get ok mommy. Are you kidding? you will not regret this book. The author is right, I almost want him to mess with me, bring it on I'm ready! oh and my son is seven.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very easy read..got me started quicker..haven't applied up to Friday yet but say it once and walk away sure is working! ..amazing how they really do hear you speak in a normal tone of voice.. simple steps & common sense we as parents either forget or become lazy about because giving in is easier than the battles
pattyj2010 More than 1 year ago
This was definitely an eye opener and it really sheds light to what we were doing wrong. Simple techniques to incorporate to your own parenting preferences. Really wish I had this book 3 years ago. The book has comical examples to really keep you from putting the book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a great help to me. I think I had become a little bit of a push-over, and my younger daughter was testing me. The book gave great steps to follow which are not difficult. You just have to be consistent! I would definitely recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Parents, save your sanity and get this book. It's beginning to change our family. The children are learning the first tip, and they're becoming more cooperative. Its really about training the parent to react correctly, which in turn changes the child's behavior. It's a win win for everyone! Be sure to read Dr. Leman's opinion on ADHD. I think he's correct.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The kids bedtime routine is written down and posted and they've been great about sticking to it. The "say it and walk away" philosophy has worked for the most part as well as paying other family members to do a job for the unwilling. However, 2 weeks of "do your homework" and walking away from the situation, proved to be the worst remedy for getting my son to do his homework because he didn't do it at home, and his teacher was tired of keeping him in during recess. So, we're back to setting time limits on when homework needs to be done by.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book sounds too good to be true, but it works. You have to have an open mind and admit that YOU are part of the problem...but Dr. Leman points that out by using examples of things that have happened to actual parents. You close the book knowing that you are not alone and that you are not a bad parent, and by changing a few things you will change your child - and yourself! It is life changing to say the least!
MJV More than 1 year ago
More applicable for younger children
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with most of the concrete suggestions in this book, and practiced many by chance in former years. Since then, my husband got cancer and I became a disabled caregiver for nearly a decade. I learned that some single mothers are sickly widows, or abandoned mothers trying to make it through exhausting days... By the teen years, kids have been influenced by public schools and whoever they meet there for over 10 years. The schools often instill a permissive attitude in kids from the start by suggesting that parents are blameworthy,and then offering condoms or even abortion without the parent being involved. The tips in this book MAY help, but if they do not give you a "new teen," just refuse to buy in to the mentality that everything your kid does is your fault. The author should remember, as a Christian, that God was the perfect parent. Yet His first children made a mess of things anyway at times!
Motomos More than 1 year ago
I was at my wits end with my 6 year old throwing temper tantrums. I had no idea what to do and I read this book. I knew that I was part of the problem and this book helped me to change my actions therefor changingy child's actions. It was very difficult to " say it once and walk away" but once I did that and them followed thru, my child realized there were no more 2,3,4,5 chances. This book really works if you follow thru with it! Some of this book I felt applied to older kids ( like the whole waking the child for school part) but I highly recommend this book!
SeekingSandy More than 1 year ago
There were some very interesting ideas presented. I bought 3 of these books for my kids to use on the grandkids. Wish I'd had something like this when my kids were growing up. Simple, common sense ideas.
Busy__Mom More than 1 year ago
I had to start out with the summary from ParentsDigest.com first because this method seemed too good to be true. And while I have to admit that it doesn't ALWAYS work, it really has made a difference in our household. Less squabbling & tantrums and more communicating. A book well worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got ripped off. I paid for the complete nook book and only got the sample! Very disappointed that I paid over $10 and got nothing!
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This is probably the only book I have actually thrown in the trash.  Other people should be saved from reading this book.  If you want to parent with respect for your children, try Positive Discipline by Jane Nelson and don't even spend one more second on this one. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book and the stategies Dr. Leman teaches. It is hard a times, but no one said parenting was going to be easy. I have seen tremendous changes in my 4 year old son.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Let me save everyone time and money by summing up this book for you: " say it once and walk away " ... this is the only advice the author could give... Out of all thelame scenarios given and not elaborated upon, the only solution given was " say it once and walk away"
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