Item description for Soft-Spoken Parenting: 50 Ways to Not Lose Your Temper With Your Kids by H. Wallace Goddard...
Short tempers and lapses of patience are a common challenge for parents, but they are also conquerable with the advice in this book. Each chapter contains a concept, including choosing laughter over accusation, putting off until tomorrow what shouldn't be said today, making sure actions match words, choosing to see the good, and making allowance for childishness. The challenge of being a little softer and kinder with children becomes a little easier for parents with these simple and practical strategies.
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H. Wallace Goddard, PhD, is a professor of family life at the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension where he develops programs on well-being, marriage, and parenting. He is the author of "Family Life Education: Principles and Practices for Effective Outreach" and "The Frightful and Joyous Journey of Family Life." He lives in Arkansas.
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Provides both the strategy and the tactics Aug 25, 2008
I found this book especially suited as a night-stand book, that could be quickly opened, read, and then put back after just a few minutes. As such, it is segmented into 50 simple chapters, each one with a short fable and accompanying suggestions. The suggestions are gently made, and the author unfailingly provides a supportive, encouraging tone throughout the book. Most importantly, though, he gives the parent a way of looking at your children, and understanding your role, that helps frame things for those times when children "test" their parents (strategy). Then, he offers ways to get around the inevitable anger and frustration that parents feel (tactics). This is a book that I will go back to again and again. It will be a good reminder to help me build better habits relating to our kids.