Honey, I Wrecked the Kids: When Yelling, Screaming, Threats, Bribes, Time-outs, Sticker Charts and Removing Privileges All Don't Work

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 12, 2009 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 256 pages
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More life-saving parenting advice from the bestselling author of Breaking the Good Mom Myth

Bringing the same perceptive and actionable advice that made Breaking the Good Mom Myth an international bestseller, TV host and psychotherapist Alyson Schafer again comes to the rescue of desperate parents everywhere. For those who've tried just about everything to discipline their kids, Honey, I Wrecked the Kids explains why children today really are resistant to traditional parenting methods and how only a new model for winning cooperation really works. Full of real-life examples, the book gives parents a deeper understanding of misbehavior and their role in it, shies away from traditional behavioral models of parenting, and offers humane, good-humored advice that will make parenting a manageable and, finally, rewarding task.

Alyson Schafer (Toronto, ON) is the host of The Parenting Show and a media expert on parenting. She has appeared on The Montel Williams Show and been featured in Cosmopolitan, Parenting, Reader's Digest, and more.
 

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Contents

THE PROBLEM
WHY THE BEHAVIORIST MODEL DOESNT WORK
FROM PROBLEM TO PROMISING
FOUR DANCES AND THREE QUESTIONS EVERY BUDDING SHERLOCK CAN SOLVE
THE DELICATE ART OF IGNORING
ALL ACTION NO TALK
DISTRACTION
REDIRECTION
UNLOCKING CHILDREN FROM THEIR ROLES
SIBLING FIGHTINGTO HELP OR HINDER?
FIVE WAYS TO RESPOND TO SIBLING CONFLICT AND PREVENT HURT
ACTIVE LISTENING
REBUILDING THE RELATIONSHIP
UNDERSTANDING THE CHILD WITH THE GOAL OF ASSUMED INADEQUACY
BORN WITH COURAGE
THE SLIPPERY POLE OF SUPERIORITY

NATURAL CONSEQUENCES
LOGICAL CONSEQUENCES
TRAINING FOR INDEPENDENCE
LONGTERM SOLUTIONS
PIE IN THE SKY
DEMOCRACY AT HOME
DROP THE ROPE MODEL FOR GETTING OUT OF POWER STRUGGLES
NOW LETS PROBLEM SOLVE
LET ROUTINES BE THE BOSS
JOINT PROBLEMSOLVING
STOP INFLICTING PAIN AND HEAL THE HURT
WHY PUNISHMENT DOESNT WORK
STOP WINNING POWER STRUGGLES
PERCEPTIONS OF FAVORITISM BY BIRTH ORDER
CHILDRENS PERCEPTIONS OF SIBLING FAVORITISM
CHOOSE TO RAISE A PATH WALKER
WAYS WE SHUT KIDS DOWN AND HOW TO DEVELOP THEIR COURAGE INSTEAD
HOW WE CAN ENCOURAGE OUR CHILDREN
WHEN TO BEGIN?
FREQUENCY OF MEETINGS
LENGTH OF MEETINGS
SECRETARY
BUILDING CONSENSUS
MEETING STAGES
WHAT INTERFERES WITH MEETINGS?
USING THE FAMILY MEETING TO BENEFIT THE POWERSEEKING CHILD
USING THE FAMILY MEETING TO BENEFIT THE REVENGESEEKING CHILD
USING THE FAMILY MEETING FOR THE ASSUMED INADEQUATE CHILD
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Alyson Schafer, M.A. Counseling, B.Sc., OACCPP

Alyson Schafer is a psychotherapist and one of the nation's leading parenting experts. She's the author of the bestselling Breaking the Good Mom Myth (Wiley, 2006) and host of The Parenting Show. The media relies on Alyson's comments and opinions; she has appeared on The Montel Williams Show, The National, BTV, and you can find her interviewed and quoted extensively in countless publications including Today's Parent, Cosmopolitan, Reader's Digest and Chatelaine.

Visit her online at www.alyson.ca

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