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Have a New Kid by Friday: How to Change Your Child's Attitude, Behavior & Character in 5 Days [Hardcover]

Dr. Kevin Leman
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Book Description

March 1 2008
Anyone who has dealt with a strong-willed child knows that it is no easy task to turn bad behavior around. But the popularity of TV programs like Supernanny and Nanny 911 shows that parents have had it up to here and are ready to try anything to get their children to behave. Bestselling author and psychologist Dr. Kevin Leman is here to help.
Have a New Kid by Friday shows parents how to reverse negative behavior in their children--fast! With his signature wit and encouragement, Dr. Leman offers hope and real, practical, doable strategies for regaining control and becoming the parents they always wanted to be. Focusing on changing a child's attitude, behavior, and character, it contains chapters for each day of the week and a special section with advice on everything from rolling eyes to sibling rivalry to talking back to punching walls and much, much more. This large section of more than 100 specific topics is indexed, allowing parents to flip immediately to any areas of concern for witty, straightforward, and gutsy plans of action.


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From the Inside Flap

Today's kids are unionized, and they've got a game plan to drive you up the wall.

But you don't have to let them call the shots.


If you picked up this book, you did so for a reason. You'd like to see a few things--or many--change in your house. Have a New Kid by Friday is a game plan guaranteed to work. All it takes is sticking to some simple strategies--strategies any parent can carry out.

I'll be blunt. You've got a big job to do and a short window in which to do it. If you believe that you are to be in healthy authority over your child, this book is for you. If you don't, put it down right now and buy another.

After you read Have a New Kid by Friday, you'll tell yourself, "I can't wait for my kids to misbehave. I'm ready for them!" I promise.

Let the fun begin. . . .

From the Back Cover

Change your child's behavior--fast!

Want a kid without the attitude? Without the behavior that makes you slink away in the grocery store and pretend you're not the parent? A kid with character who isn't a character? If you're tired of defiant attitudes and power struggles with your little ankle-biters or the disrespectful hormone group, read this book and follow the simple principles, and you'll have a new kid by Friday. Guaranteed!

Have a New Kid by Friday is your 5-day action plan--Monday through Friday--that really works! With his signature wit and commonsense psychology, internationally recognized family expert Dr. Kevin Leman reveals why your kids do what they do and what you can do about it--starting right now.

Anyone can do it. All it takes is you deciding to stand up and take charge. Want a great kid? Want to be a great parent? Then take the 5-day challenge. Someday your kid will thank you for it.

Special Feature: "Ask Dr. Leman"
Gutsy advice on over 100 of the hottest topics for parents, including bedtime battles, lying, argumentative attitudes, sibling rivalry, talking back, and many more.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Donwood
Format:Paperback
This book is no nonsense clear and practical. What makes it brilliant is that it gives the parents great ideas that are actually effective. It also calls the parent to a higher standard of parenting that does not include any bullying or yelling.

If you want to help out your kids and you..buy this book immediately!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great parenting book Nov. 19 2013
By Danica
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book was great to read when having issues with your kids and it has many tips for all parents and it works
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I was suprised at the changes that took place Nov. 21 2009
Format:Hardcover
This book is amazing. I have recommended it to many parents. It helped me figure out why I was so frustrated with my children. I saw how I was part of the problem; I wasn't following through with consequences. I have learned how to set boundaries, allow my child to experience the "reality" of their choices,and see the importance of keeping track of misbehavior. I started to write notes to myself so that I would remember to say "no" when they asked for something.I am now experiencing a respecful relationship with my children.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a book with practical suggestions July 23 2009
Format:Paperback
I love Dr Leman's straightforward, pull no punches way of writing.

And finally, a book that actually has real-life examples and suggestions of what to do. So many books are so abstract, but this one has example after example - which is something I needed.

Excellent book.
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  309 reviews
277 of 286 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be called new kid by Thursday! March 8 2008
By irish girl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book saved me. What is more embarrassing than your mother-in-law buying you a book on parenting, but I was so desperate I picked it up and read it in 2 nights. I started implementing the ideas immediately and get this....I saw an instant change in my daughter's behavior! I was in this huge battle with her everyday and didn't even see how wrong I was to try and do battle with a 3 year old, but she is so strong-willed and I dug my heels in. I was going about it all wrong. I am so incredibly grateful for this book! I started reading it on Saturday night and saw such a significant change in her behavior by Thursday!! I liked how the book gave very specific and useful techniques and how I didn't ever get mad or angry like I was before. I just needed to refine my skills. I have read Dr. Leman's book, Sheet Music, and now I can say I'm a fan. Sheet music saved my marriage, and this book saved my relationship with my daughter. I would highly recommend it!
161 of 169 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Kid by Friday March 23 2008
By Perils of Pauine - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
My best friend, a Mother of 6 year old twins & a 3 year old couldn't stop talking about how this book, HAVE A NEW KID BY FRIDAY, made her a new Mom and changed her kids behavior. I thought sure, but you don't have teenagers like me. She insisted that I could use some of the strategies and techniques too, so I picked up the book. Dr. Leman has such a firm, lighthearted way of describing his interventions even with teens. I especially liked his simple strategy of "Say it once, Turn your back, & walk away! Now I have more good times with my kids and our family has become so calm and peaceful. What a great attitude change I have seen in my 2 teens. If you want to have more positive relationships with your kids, I highly recommend this book!
30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Day ONE and it's already working April 17 2008
By Erica Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This morning we were in for our usual get up, get dressed, get out the door battle with our nine year old daughter, but I decided to go ahead and get started with the "Say it once, turn your back and walk away" and HOLY COW! It worked. I can't wait to get through the rest of this book.
122 of 143 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where was this book 4 years ago??? March 12 2008
By loves to read - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I battled my daughter for years over the same issues: getting her up for school on time, getting her to eat and fighting with her over bedtime. I read Dr. Leman's book in one sitting, got excited about the prospect of having a different child on my hands and was simply amazed at the turn around in my daughter Jessica. Following the simple principles of this book encouraged me that I can continue to be a good mom, feeling good about myself for not having to yell and scream like I have for years. I have a daughter who I KNOW feels better about herself because of the changes I've made as a mom. My husband travels and won't be home until Fri. and I can't wait for him to see the difference in our daughter. I felt compelled to write this and I'm telling all of my friends at my daughter's gymnastic class about the positive changes in my life.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great content but loses a star for Kindle formatting Oct. 25 2010
By Myron Uecker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a great book and much of the time it felt like the author was talking directly to me. I believe it will work but I'm waiting for my wife to get a chance to read it so we can work together on the plan with our children. I recognize a lot of bad habits in both of us that can be fixed.

I'm taking away one star because of the Kindle formatting. There is the "Ask Dr. Leman" section with an index of topics, however, the page numbers are for the printed book, not the Kindle edition. That makes that section very difficult to use without reading straight through. It is meant to be used as a reference and not necessarily read straight through. I have already left feedback with Amazon requesting that it be changed. If that is fixed, it will make the Kindle edition a lot more useful.
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