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Overview Parents are taught new approaches to say what they mean and mean what they say--as well as how and when to provide positive support when children behave. They also learn how to avoid being manipulated by their children's "I don't care" attitudes, threats, and anger.
Publishers Description You Can Get Your Children To BehaveRaising happy, well-behaved children seems to be harder than ever. The old answers don't seem to work. New approaches are needed. Assertive Discipline for Parents is the parenting book that addresses the needs of today's parents. You will learn: How to communicate -- to say what you mean and mean what you say How and when to provide positive support when your children do behaveHow to avoid being manipulated by your children's "I don't care" attitudes, threat and angerAssertive Discipline for Parents will enable you to master the skills needed to guide your children's behavior successfully.
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Leo and Marlene Canter are nationally renowned for their work in the fields of education and parenting. Through their educational consulting firm, Canter and Associates, Inc., and through their Assertive Discipline program, they have shown thousands of educators and parents how to raise happy, responsible children. Their books have sold over 750,00 copies. The author live in Los Angeles with their two children.
Lee Canter currently resides in Los Angeles, in the state of California.
Reviews - What do customers think about Assertive Discipline for Parents: A Proven, Step-by-Step Approach to Solving Everyday Behavior Problems?
Assertive Discipline for Parents Sep 9, 2003
I'm a single mother of three boys ages 10, 8 and 6. I've been told I was a softy and I had great children who needed more guidance and discipline. This book is great. The price too.
Simple, Direct and Easy to Read May 28, 2003
I have read several "discipline" books with many more on my nightstand. This is by far one of the best books for all ages, from toddlers to teens. The book is easy to read (1-2 hours at the most), gives great examples and has already inspired me to take charge of my parenting with my almost 4 yr old twin boys. I can certainly see it's effectiveness into the teen years.
The Canter's give you an overview of "being assertive" and ineffective communication. Then they keep it simple by giving you in one short chapter the tools most parents will need to get results - speak assertively, use nonverbal cues, utilize the broken record technique for arguers, and praise when behavior is appropriate. The next couple chapters suggest how to back up your words with actions and lay down the law, including some examples of "extreme" measures people have taken. Each chapter supplies examples and a one page summary at the end.
The rest of the book gives great ideas for enforcing positive behavior, working with 2 or more children, changing behavior at school, and working with spouses and ex-spouses. There are examples situations for working parents, babysitters, and single parents. There is a question and answer section of the most "what if?" and "but.." questions, a long problem/consequence example chapter and worksheets for disciplinary plans in various situations.
I highly recommend this book as one of the first to read. I really like the way they give suggestions, but don't treat them as the only way to do things. The authors acknowledge the fact that some children definitely need professional help and that the professional advice comes first. And the fact that positive reinforcement is highly emphasized makes it a well rounded, easy to implement discipline strategy.
Excellent book!! May 25, 2003
Assertive Discipline For Parents is an excellent book. It's not a very long book that will take you weeks, or even months to read, and it gets right to "the point". No long, drawn out stories. There's also worksheets that can be used for home and at school. Assertive Discipline is a 3-step program...You try it one step at a time. If the first step doesn't work, continue on to the next step. (Just be sure to read the entire book first.) It offers suggestions as: use "I WANT you to..." instead of "You NEED to..." The "broken record" technique is also fabulous! When your child argues with you or comes up with excuses, just use the "broken record" technique...keep repeating your request. I recommend this book to anyone who needs something quick, and easy to understand and read. It's working for us!
Great book for parents Apr 19, 2002
I think the book offered lots of great advice for parents who have no ideas of where to begin. I also think it did alot to dispel notions of the effects of harsh discipline and verbal abuse.
Assertive Discipline for Parents Feb 4, 2002
We are the parents of an only child. He had a lot of bad learned behavior. This book was recommended to us by a child psychologist and it really has helped us in the discipline area. My son is a different child and gets along better with his peers. This is an excellent book. I'm even buying copies for my friends who are struggling with discipline in their homes.