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My son is 3 going on 13, or what I like to call, a "threenager." I thought we were lucky when we basically cruised through age 2 with hardly any tantrums, but then he turned 3 and everything changed.?Not only does he have tantrums, but he's got a whole new attitude as well. Disciplining him has been hard and everywhere I look seems to have different advice. I couldn't wait to read Stress-Free Discipline because it looked promising to help with our disciplining woes.
In?Stress-Free Discipline,authorsSara Au, a mom and journalist, and?Peter L. Stavinoha, Ph.D., a dad and pediatric neuropsychologist, help understandwhykids behave badly, and how discipline can be applied, consistently and calmly, to not only alleviate stressful behavioral issues, but also to cultivate a positive parent-child relationship.? According to the authors, ?behavior is communicationanddiscipline is education.?? Using flexible methods, both scientifically tested and parent-approved? Sara and Dr. Pete help make the routine challenges of parenting less stressful, while strengthening a parent's sense of purpose and peace of mind.
This book is exactly what I needed for helping with behavior problems and truly making disciplining as stress-free as possible. It was easy to read and very reassuring as well. I often would get so frustrated before with my son. I just couldn't understand why he would behave the way he was and when we'd try to modify his behavior, it definitely was hit-or-miss. The logs in the book were so beneficial in helping me to discover some common denominators with each of his tantrums. Knowing why he is?behaving a certain way has not only been useful for correcting it, but for having a better understanding as well.
Stress-Free Discipline helps with:
- How parents/caregivers can de-code what their child is trying to tell them with acting out
- How to choose the best discipline response based on a firm understanding of the ABC's of behavior
- How to rely on 16 Universal Strategies for discipline
- How to manage situations that increase family stress
- How to rise to the challenges of the 5 most common, stressful problem-behavior areas among children ages three to eleven
- How to take proactive steps to help children grow into happy, productive, and fulfilled adults, from encouraging them to stand up against peer pressure to building their resilience.
The best part is, this book is for more than the terrible two's and three's and is relevant for older children as well. From dealing with homework problems to managing peer-pressure related issues, this book really covers everything you need to help you manage common behavioral problems. I know I have some great tools to use now and I'll be turning to this book for years to come as my son grows and changes.