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Take Back Your Kids: Confident Parenting in Turbulent Times [Paperback]

By William J. Doherty (Author)
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With "Take Back Your Kids, " Doherty offers parents a guide on how to be both sensitive and in charge.

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"We may be the most child-sensitive generation of parents the world has ever known-and the most confused and insecure." But it doesn't have to be that way. We can be both sensitive and in charge. We don't have to model our family on the consumer society where our kids become "consumers of parental services" and we become the "servers" with customers who are always right. Dr. William Doherty is convinced that it is possible to be a thoroughly modern parent - who values each child's sensitivities and developmental needs - while still having high expectations for children as persons who have responsibilities to family and community. He shows you how in Take Back Your Kids a timely, yet timeless, confidence-building book that backs up fresh insights with personal experience and advice parents can rely on.

Awards and Recognitions
Take Back Your Kids: Confident Parenting in Turbulent Times by William J. Doherty has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Parents Choice Award (Fall) (1998-2007) - 2000 Winner - Recommended category

Citations And Professional Reviews
Take Back Your Kids: Confident Parenting in Turbulent Times by William J. Doherty has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Foreword - 05/01/2000 page 78

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Sorin Books
Pages   158
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.43" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.43"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2000
Publisher   Sorin Books
ISBN  189373207X  
ISBN13  9781893732070  

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More About William J. Doherty

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! William J. Doherty, PhD, is Professor and Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at the University of Minnesota. Past President of the National Council on Family Relations, Dr. Doherty was named one of America's 10 most innovative therapists by the" Utne Reader." His numerous books include "Take Back Your Kids."

William J. Doherty currently resides in the state of Minnesota. William J. Doherty was born in 1945.

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Really makes you think...  Aug 13, 2008 new ways. Highlights the importance of the fact that you can't just care about your own kids' health, safety, welfare. It really does take a village. And the parts about shutting down disrespect, instead of continuinig the conversation...good stuff ("This conversation is over."). Of course, when my mother did that I was LIVID. But that's different: She was an ineffective parent all around, trying to use that tactic. An effective parent using that tool is a whole different story. Reminds you that YOU are in charge, and don't be a wimp. Easier said than done, for sure. He is SO SO SO SO SO SO right about appropriate structure and discipline sending the message "I love you" to kids. My mother was never around (and then had the nerve to be surprised and upset - as did my divorced weekend father - when I got into trouble), so we did what we wanted. As adults, instead of thinking "How cool! We were lucky and the envy of our friends!" my sister and I now think, "Wow, she clearly didn't give a rat's about us."
A Must Read for Every Parent  Jan 3, 2007
Mr. Doherty does a wonderful job of helping parents understand why they feel so compelled to register their children for every class, lesson, sporting activity, acting lesson and every other opportunity that is packaged and marketed to families. Understanding that children are not consumers of parenting services, helps us understand that children should be allowed to be children, looking to strong, confident parents for boundaries and values. This book points out that the most important thing in your child's life will not be how many trips to Disneyland you provide, or how many weekends your family gave up to travel with the select soccer team. Rather it reminds us that the best gift parents can give their children is the gift of parents who have a committed, loving relationship, and who are willing to take time to be with their chidren creating strong connections and rituals that make children feel safe and secure. This book does not lay a heavy dose of "family values" on you, rather it tells you that you, the confident parent, are in charge of how your children will grow up. It also helps one to understand that confident parenting will result in your children growing up to be well-adjusted, confident adults. I recommend this for everyone!
Clear Thinking on Parenting  May 17, 2003
Let me share a short story about why this book made such good sense to me.

I have two friends, who I'll call Candace and Mary. Candace is the kind of mom who jumps every time her daughter says boo, no matter how demanding or rude the request. Mary, on the other hand, was less 'conscientious.' Her husband was, at times, downright gruff with their kids when they got obnoxious. I always assumed that Candace, because she worked so much harder, was the better mother. Then one day it hit me like a bolt of lightning: Candace's daughter was a whiny, unhappy little girl, whereas Mary's were much happier.

For some reason, many parents of my generation feel we must give our children our constant, undivided attention, must protect them from all forms of disappointment, and never, ever be angry with them. Doherty shows why that's a recipe for disaster. He looks at these misconceptions and gives good, sensible guidance. Probably one of the best parenting books I've ever read.

Great Book on Parenting  Dec 31, 2001
Some of the topics discussed in this book

The Consumer Culture of Childhood
Being a Confident Parent in an Insecure World
Activvating Necessary Skills for Effective Parenting
Strategies for Expecting and Getting Respect
Family Time and a Child's Own Life
What's So Important About Gamily Rituals
The Importance of Family Work
Why Anger-Free Parenting Does Not Work
How to Express Anger Constructively
Responsibilities to a Religious Congregation
How to Work as a Team Raising Responsible Children
Father as Consultant on Morals and Social Behavior
How to be an Influential Father
Guidelines and Strategies for Single Parents
Achieving Confident Parenting in Stepfamilies
Unplugging Your Kids: Media & Child Rearing
Resisting the Peer Cultures of Children and Parents

Should Be Required Reading  Jun 27, 2001
This book should be required reading for anyone who thinks he or she wants children. As a parent who feels like she's struggling upstream against a tide of other, more permissive parents, it was a relief to read a book that validates my own approach. As parents struggle to provide a multitude of opportunities for their children, we often lose sight of what our children really need to develop into responsible, caring adults. Dr. Doherty's book quickly sets out what our priorities should be and how we should accomplish them.

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