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From Difficult to Delightful in Just 30 Days: How to Improve the Behavior of Your Spirited Child [Paperback]

Jacob Azerrad


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Book Description

May 3 2006
A firm no-nonsense approach to parenting spirited, willful, and ADHD kids

In From Difficult to Delightful in Just 30 Days, the bestselling author of Anyone Can Have a Happy Child (M. Evans, 170,000 copies sold) offers a no-nonsense program for getting kids to behave themselves.

Jacob Azerrad, a child psychologist with 35 years' experience treating every type of behavior problem, helps you unlearn bad parenting habits and resume you role as teachers. He then outlines a systematic approach to quelling bad behaviors through praise and rewards and efficient uses of "time-out." The program is guaranteed to work with willful and unruly kids as well as those with both diagnosed and undiagnosed ADHD.


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (May 3 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071470395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071470391
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 14.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 281 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #760,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Turn your "problem" child into a happy child--no drugs, no therapy, no nonsense

If you're the parent of a difficult child, you understand the frustrations of dealing with daily tantrums, tearful tirades, and other troublesome behavior. You may have even resorted to therapy or drugs. But if you follow the simple, commonsense steps described in this book, you will see a remarkable turnaround in your child’s behavior--in only four weeks.

Based on Dr. Jacob Azerrad’s thirty-five years of experience as a child psychologist, this back-to-basics parenting program is a proven method for transforming the behavior of the most problematic child—even one diagnosed with ADHD. Dr. Azerrad’s method is surprisingly simple and really works. In fact, you’ll see a delightful difference in your difficult child almost immediately.

Dr. Azerrad's family-friendly guide will show you how to:

  • Deal with tantrums,aggression,and other destructive
  • Reinforce good behavior with a proven reward system
  • Relearn the dos and don’ts of good parenting
  • Avoid using behavioral drugs to control behavior

In just thirty days, tears will give way to smiles, conflicts will be resolved by cooperation, and "no" will become "yes." It’s the best thing you will ever do for your child--and for yourself.

About the Author

Dr. Jacob Azerrad has practiced as a child psychologist for thirty-five years. He has appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "Phil Donahue," and other national television shows and has published articles in Psychology Today, Parents, and the Boston Globe.


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Amazon.com: 3.2 out of 5 stars  8 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to understand, easy to implement Aug. 8 2009
By mamasun - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
First of all, my child does not have ADHD so I cannot speak about the portions regarding ADHD. Based on other readers' reviews, I sense that the author's views on ADHD have enraged some who have ADHD children.

Consequently, my opinion is that perhaps this book is best for parents like myself with very young kids with "normal" behavior problems that are not rooted in something biological or chemical.

I have a 5 1/2 year old who is very intelligent and can be delightful, but is much of the time whiny, complaining, demanding, and very negative at home. He is horrible at hearing "no" said to him and handling disappointment. On the other hand, at school, he hardly ever gets in trouble, he interacts well with others, and has plenty of friends. My son does not have a psychological condition, but he has been conditioned to act a certain way at home - I will not hesitate to take some responsibility for that. Personally, I felt like this book spoke to my situation.

The book is a fast and easy read. The methods described in this book were easy to understand and implement. Yes, perhaps it's intuitive that we should use positive reinforcement and not focus on the negative, but I will admit that I haven't done that very well over the years and this book gave me some guidance and inspiration.

I love that this book focuses on very young children - i.e., age 6 or 7 and younger, so it felt more tailored to my children. A lot of childcare books out there try to cover the gamut of children from infants to teenagers, and as a result contains a lot of extraneous material you don't need for your own childcare issues.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptionally useful and helpful book July 8 2006
By Isabel Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
In the past 19 years since becoming a grandmother I have read many books so as to help with the grandchildren, who are now from 4 to 19 years old, and this is definitely one of the very best. I learned a lot, and have put it to good use. Heartily recommend it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally! A realistic parenting book for those of us with passionate children. Feb. 17 2009
By A mom from Seattle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I really like this book. My son is a total pistol. Darling as he is, he challenges me every moment in ways I don't see any of his peers challenging their parents. It's difficult to know who to turn to when no one I know can relate to having a child who endangers himself by running into the street, for example. Over and over again. He thinks everything is funny and no amount of fear or scolding or "emotional coaching" has done a lick of good. I live in Seattle and the trend here is to help your child identify their feelings by saying things like, "you run because you want your freedom and you want to show mommy how big you are... but you can't run from mommy because it's dangerous..." Doesn't work with my son. It's all just noise to him and he giggles and giggles and drives me mad.

Anyhow, this book is good because it discusses the disservice we're doing to our children by not correcting their bad behavior early on. Running into the street and other destructive behaviors must be stopped and if they aren't, there will be consequences for the child in their adult life (if they make it that long). Plus, it has made me realize that there are certain behaviors that I don't have to put up with. It's OK to correct now; not everything is just a stage that we need to live through. My son doesn't have ADHD. He's just full of energy and he thinks he's really funny when he's being defiant. However, I think there is a lot of really valuable information in this book for every parent with a challenging child.

Finally, the book isn't negative at all. It helps parents to identify opportunities to praise their children for all the good they do. By taking the emphasis off of the moments when they're driving us mad, and focusing instead on the moments that make us proud, we begin to teach our children.

Last note: The author spends a lot of time arguing about the overuse of drugs to control child behavior. While I agree with him, I skipped a lot of that information because it wasn't useful to me at this stage.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good and unique Jan. 20 2007
By Tom Adams - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The book provides a system for positive reinforcement of good behavior. I agree with the author's basic premise that parent fall into the habit of reinforcing bad behavior via attention to it.

Ignore the diatribe against ADHD drugs if you want, I don't think it's all that well-founded, perhaps it's too broad brush. But I would agree with his diatribes against just about every other book every written on child rearing, lots of them teach parents to inavertently reinforce bad behavior. "The Incredible Years" is another good book, available from U of Washington Parenting Training program.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful. Simple advice thats made a difference. Feb. 22 2011
By L. delucca - Published on Amazon.com
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This books' advice and strategy seems like simple and obvious common sense AFTER you read the book and start using the techniques... but BEFORE I read the book I was doing everything the author describes as wrong and paying the price by witnessing my beloved son throw multiple tantrums each day. The practices outlined in this book have worked very well for my 3 year old son & it has really helped our family get through each day. He has truly improved at least 60%, I still see occasional outbursts but they are much shorter, milder and are now only occasional. I would recommend this book to ANY parent, even if their child is already 'delightful.' I agree with the other reviewers that the authors discussions on drugs may seem heavy-handed, but this is a critical topic since many people are giving their children psychotropic drugs for simple unruly behavior and tantrums (excluding children that have very serious problems) - what could be more heavy-handed than that! I'm glad someone feels strongly abut it besides the drug companies who have a financial interest in selling their product. But read the book and decide for yourself.
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