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I was dissapointed that this book was geared towards married parents of toddlers & preschoolers with little practical advice for parents of elementary aged kids. I have always believed in peaceful, positive parenting but after a year that saw lots of changes in our family dynamic, I found myself feeling more stressed more often with my 8 and 9 year olds so I turned to this book for help. Unfortunately, although the book claims to be for kids through the elementary years, most of the book was focused only on toddlers & preschoolers. Also, the scenarios discussed almost always assumed there was another supportive parent at home to help and that one parent was at home with the child at all times. I can see this book being helpful to parents of little kids - especially those that are coupled and don't use childcare (otherwise you might feel shamed...) but it was not the book that I thought it would be.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Absolutely. I've encouraged my wife to start giving it out to friends at baby showers. This book was one of those paradigm shifting "aha" books for me as a father.
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I thought I was a pretty good parent before reading this book, but still had a few questions and knew there were area's I could improve in. My kids are 6, 4, 2, 0... I wish I could have found this book before I started parenting, it has completely changed my outlook on parenting and connecting with my kids.
I had heard about a "no discipline" approach and thought it absolutely absurd. I'm a fairly strict father and hold my children to extremely high standards. We have timeouts, consequences (that my wife and I make up). I'm converted this is not the way to parent your children and that the strategies presented by Dr. Laura Markham work. I've seen vast improvement in my children's behavior.
I was brought up in a strict home and was consequently taught to be a strict parent. I think most parents are that way. But there is a better and easier way to teach our children to become happy, healthy, and responsible adults. It's all about connection, and I didn't realize the how much I was hurting the connection I had with my kids.
READ THIS BOOK!
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