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Four Weeks to a Better-Behaved Child: Breakthrough Discipline Techniques that Really Work [Paperback]

Cristine Chandler , Laura McGrath
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Book Description

May 12 2004

A smart, easy-to-implement, and unique approach to positive disciplining

Drawing on her highly successful methods developed in her private practice, Dr. Cristine Chandler lays out clear, step-by-step instructions to help parents foster good behavior in their children based on the positive premise: that children behave well when they understand clearly what is expected of them.

Most discipline problems occur when parents are inconsistent about what they expect. Four Weeks to a Better-Behaved Child shows parents how to implement the "4Cs" of discipline in their daily practice: use clear, consistent, contingent consequences. Moreover, in this concise, straightforward book, Dr. Chandler challenges several commonly used approaches to discipline and provides alternatives. She shows parents:

  • Why punishment is often the least effective way to discipline children
  • Why anger never works
  • Why "time-out" works only sometimes--and what to do instead
  • How to use consequences to encourage--and get--good behavior

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Praise for Four Weeks to a Better-Behaved Child

"An invaluable resource for parents in their attempts to find the most effective ways of disciplining their children."
--Robert Brooks, Ph.D., faculty, Harvard Medical School, and author of Raising Resilient Children

"Cristine Chandler has developed an easy-to-read, step-by-step approach that will make you pause before trying time-out and other time-honored but ineffective techniques of discipline."
--Myrna Shure, Ph.D., author of Raising a Thinking Child and Thinking Parent, Thinking Child

"An informative and easy-to-read guide for parents. The four Cs to discipline offer a clear strategy for raising well-behaved and resilient children."
--Nicholas Long, Ph.D., Professor of Pediatrics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and coauthor of Parenting a Strong-Willed Child

Shouting, talking back, hitting, and slamming doors are not unusual behaviors for small children, but they don't have to be a way of life either. Four Weeks to a Better-Behaved Child is based on the positive premise that children behave well when they understand clearly what is expected of them and are held accountable. Here you'll discover:

  • How to encourage your child to turn desirable behaviors into regular habits
  • How to discourage your child from repeating unwanted behaviors
  • When and why certain discipline techniques work (or fail to work)
  • The Cool Down technique, and why it's more effective than Time Out
  • The four Cs of discipline: clear, consistent, contingent, consequences

About the Author

Cristine Chandler, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist with more than 25 years of experience. Her private practice focuses on families and children, and about half of her clients come to her to address discipline issues. She lives in Philadelphia.

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Dr. Chandler's book provides a clear, compassionate and empowering message to parents about how they can foster their children's positive behavior and healthy development. Based on sound research and theory but written in a delightfully clear and engaging way, this book is a much needed guiding light for all parents, practitioners, and anyone who works with children. The "four Cs" of discipline described in the book are key ingredients for raising responsible, well adjusted children. Dr. Chandler's book is filled with wisdom and positive alternatives to anger and punishment that is sure to help parents and children have more positive exchanges, fewer power struggles, and ultimately result in healthier family realtionships. As a psychologist working for the past 25 years with children and families, I highly recommend this book as a "must read" for every parent and anyone who cares about children's well-being. This book is a gift that is filled with enduring wisdom for current parents and future generations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Works with teens, too! May 4 2004
I bought this book for the new mothers in my family but when I peeked inside I realized the author is speaking to me, the mother of a 16 year old daughter, not just to parents of toddlers. Lessons about parents' anger and how to get the child to take resposibility for important things - this stuff has been pure gold in our house. Read Chapter Two first. It is the heart of the book and really well-written. Just when you think nothing can help the tense situations of parenting, relief! Compassionate and funny too, I never felt like the author's training and expertise put her above me. Can't wait till my 16 year old has kids so *she* can read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 4 Weeks to a Better Behaved Child May 11 2004
I can't tell you the difference this book has made in our lives in not even four weeks! Within two days of finishing the book, my son was not only better behaved, but my husband and I were changing the way we responded to him and our other children. This book not only reenforces things you know, but may not always remember to use, but also teaches simple new ideas about discipline and childrens behavior. Focusing on the positive and praising "expected behaviors" has made a huge difference in all of our lives! I highly recommend this book! You will see a difference in your childrens behavior AND in yourself in no time!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Four Weeks to a Better-Behaved Child June 3 2004
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I found the book easy to read, interesting and most importantly full of useful suggestions. The examples are especially good in relating the philosophical discussion to the real world.
The good news is that her ideas work !
It's great to find a couple of simple rules which change a difficult if not impossible situation around so quickly.
Everybody seems to win here.
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This was suggested to me by a friend, I read the whole thing, cover to cover, there were some more relevant chapters for my situation. I found the cool down method wonderful, time outs never worked here. I have recommended this book to friends. Pass along the saving techniques! Great strategies, I was afraid to start, but it was easier than I thought it would be. I hope this book helps you. As a mom, elementary school teacher and special Ed teacher, I recommend this book!
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