Smart Discipline(R): Fast, Lasting Solutions for Your Child's Self-Esteem and Your Peace of Mind

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Harper Collins, Mar 2, 2004 - Family & Relationships - 208 pages
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Larry J. Koenig, Ph.D., creator of the hugely popular Smart Discipline® seminars, explains his simple, dramatically effective system to help children follow the rules at home and at school. It is easily tailoredto differences in age, temperament, and the needs of children with ADD/ADHD. Positive results usually are seen within a few days. Best of all: instead of nagging, parents can use Dr. Koenig's powerful esteem-building strategies to affirm their children's strengths.

The Smart Discipline system:

  • Gets kids to do what you ask, the first time you ask
  • Stops fighting, bickering, and disrespectful language
  • Ends hassles over homework, chores, messy rooms, and bedtime
  • Instills positive self-image and builds confidence. . . and much more!


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Simple, clear, easy to understand, and easy to implement strategies for parents. Common and not so common real life situations are addressed, and, natural consequences for misbehavior can help neutralize a parents response to misbehavior.


Getting Started with Smart Discipline
Identifying Misbehaviors in Need of Change
Setting Up Your Rules
Selecting Appropriate Consequences
Setting Up Your Smart Discipline Chart
Explaining How Smart Discipline Works
Guidelines for Using Smart Discipline
Common Questions and Answers About Implementing the Smart Discipline System
Identifying Your Childrens Centers of Brilliance
Smart Discipline Solutions to Homework and School Problems
Using Smart Discipline to Correct Behavior Problems at School
Three Effective Homework Guidelines
Fifteen Common Homework Problems and Uncommon Solutions
Parenting Mistakes to Avoid and Common Parenting Concerns
Seven Key Mistakes Parents Make
The Most Frequent Questions Parents Ask Me

Bringing Out the Best in Your Children
Instilling Positive Beliefs

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About the author (2004)

Larry J. Koenig, Ph.D., trained as a family therapist, is the founder of Up with Youth, the nation's leading self-esteem program for adolescents, which has benefited thousands of teens nationwide. He is also president of the North American Society for Parent Training and Development and creator of Up with Parents, a dynamic program that helps parents effectively gain control of their children's behaviors and attitudes. At his parenting seminars, he is well known for his delightful ability to pinpoint exactly what is going on in people's homes and for giving meaningful and practical advice. The parents of five grown children, Dr. Koenig and his wife Nydia live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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