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Kids Are Worth It!: Raising Resilient, Responsible, Compassionate Kids [Paperback]

Barbara Coloroso
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April 13 2010

Featuring a new Introduction by bestselling author Barbara Coloroso, this parenting classic is set to teach a new generation of parents the importance of treating kids with dignity and respect. Rejecting the “quick fix” solutions of punishment and reward, Barbara uses everyday family situations—from sibling rivalry to teenage rebellion—to demonstrate sound strategies for giving children the inner discipline and self-confidence that will help them become responsible, resourceful, resilient, and compassionate adults.


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Coloroso urges parents to teach children to take responsibility for their actions.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Coloroso says that there are three types of parents--Jellyfish, Brickwall, and Backbone. The first two muck it up royally by being too wishy-washy or too firm. The parent with a backbone, however, can be stern when necessary and provide structure yet have the flexibility that children and families need. Coloroso applies these models to a variety of parenting situations, from toilet training to curfew setting. Like the Cosby show, it looks and sounds so easy when the script is already written, but there are plenty of good ideas here for keeping parents' sanity intact. Portions of the book are taken directly from the author's excellent video Winning at Parenting as well as from her popular lecture series. Denise Perry Donavin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Critics are missing the point -- read the book! Feb. 17 2001
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Having just heard Ms. Coloroso speak, I can say with certainty that her critics here online who claim she teaches kids new-age ideas and is anti-family discipline are wrong. Her emphasis is emphatically on teaching kids to be respectful of themselves, people in authority, and their communities. She says that if you teach kids to do what you say just because you say so, they'll grow up to do what people in their peer groups do because they can't think for themselves. But you're still the parent and the one who draws the line in matters of security, morality, and legality. One of her shorthand references shows the differences between punishment and discipline. Her idea of discipline is to show kids what they've done wrong, and give them ways to solve the problems they've created, but allow them to keep their dignity. If your idea of traditional discipline involves shaming children when they make honest mistakes or "explaining" decisions by saying, "Because I said so, that's why," then she's not your kind of disciplinarian. But if you want to teach your children to think for themselves so that they can grow up to be less influenced by their peer groups and work well with other people at home and in their communities, her theories are worth a look. And as for the London reader who says the book is "Typically American," I suggest that person spend some time familiarizing himself or herself with the styles of parenting that actually prevail in this country. If her attitude were typically American, there'd be no need for this book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good and bad Jan. 26 2009
The main message in this book as I remember it is:

If a situation is not immoral, unhealthy or life threatening, let it be!
If your kids screw up, give them responsibility of the problem by letting find a solution for themselves.

This is good advice indeed. Teach the kids how to be responsible for their actions and hopefully, make better choices.

The author divides families in 3 categories. The Jellyfish and brickwall families have the wrong approach according to this book. I did not think that it was useful to tell us how the jellyfish and brickwall parents will react to situations in every chapters. After a few examples, you get the point. Repeating how the Jellyfish and brickwall parents would react to a situation over and over again is bothersome. The backbone families have the right approach. This is what parents are intested in. The book could have been much shorter by skipping the repetition.

Too much repetition but good message overall. Still worth reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! June 29 2000
By Ms Diva
Although the book is focussed on parenting, the ideas and philosophies the author promotes apply to anyone who works with kids. I have found that using the techniques suggested in this book as made me 100 times more effective in my job. Colorosso understands the value of self-awareness and an internal locus on control in healthy development. The book not only helped me in work with kids, it also gave me insight into myself, my experiences, and my relationships in general. I believe that the 3 types of families - backbone, brickwall, or jellyfish - also can be seen as 3 personality styles, so that we are not only brickwall, jellyfish, or backbone people with kids, we are that way in general, where our relationships are concerned. If you look at it this way the book will go a long way to giving you tools to deal with all sorts of conflicts in your life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I so love her book and thanks to that book, my relationship with my kids changed. Since it has been a while that I did read it, now I have to read it all over again, since I forgot some of her tools.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific skill set Dec 6 2012
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If you've ever wondered who knows best-its barbara. Her advice for teachers, parents and other care givers is based on experience and a true love of children. She wants to create a future generation who cares and can think for themselves.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Learn why NOT saying, "no" to your child, while it can be the hardest thing in the world to do, is the best thing in the world to do. It takes a while to get used to (and probably a lifetime to master!) but the results are amazing. The boundaries are set, and they have a hard time arguing with you.

Save yourself and your family hours / days / weeks / months / years of struggling for "control" - buy this book!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True wisdom that doesn't age with time. June 25 2012
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I was privileged to meet Barbara many years ago in her early career as as speaker and bearer of wisdom for parents. Looking at this printing with the updated Forward, it is obvious that the humor, the lessons, and mostly the basic common sense within this book is as relevant to today's parents as it was many years ago. Personally, I choose this book as a valuable present when parents welcome their first born. Every generation is worth it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kids are worth it Aug. 29 2010
By Nana6
I bought this book for my daughter now that she is a mom. I first saw Barbara on the Deni Petty show back in the 70's and ordered her video. It was such good info and presented with humour, that many of my friends borrowed it, but one did not return it. I highly recommend this book for anyone raising kids. It really makes sense.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Coloroso
This lady knows her stuff. It is our parenting Bible. It makes sense and can be applied to any child in any situation, home, classroom, summer camps etc.
Published 21 days ago by Tara Treash
5.0 out of 5 stars Kids Are Worth It!: Raising Resilient, Responsible, Compassionate Kids
I bought this book when my daughter and son-in-law were expecting their baby and 3-1/2 years later they are wonderful parents -- Barbara Coloroso is well known speaker and still... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every parent must read!
If every parent would read her book and follow her real life / logical advice on encouraging our children to learn discipline with our guidance without getting angry, frustrated -... Read more
Published 2 months ago by val moreau
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Smart Parenting Philosophy
I love that this book is about educating children and leaving both their and your dignity intact. The goal is to raise Resilient, Responsible and Compassionate Kids. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Oreosncream
1.0 out of 5 stars I waited weeks for the cassettes and planned to transfer them to...
I received the book. I don't know what to do with it and I still want the cassettes. Frustrating, frustrating.
Published 6 months ago by Jon Mccormick
5.0 out of 5 stars Great advice!
This book helped me to be a better mother...now years later I have purchased it as a gift for my daughter-in-law who is pregnant with her first child, my first grandchild! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Q. Di Ilio
5.0 out of 5 stars More Bookish Thoughts...
Barbara Coloroso's definitive book, "Kids are worth it!", begins with the premise that children merit the effort of conscious, dedicated parenting because of their inherent worth... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Reader Writer Runner
5.0 out of 5 stars Surviving parenthood.
This woman helped me survive and enjoy raising 3 daughters. Now I've bought copies for each of them as they have become parents themselves. Passing along the wisdom.
Published 15 months ago by Shelley Houghton
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