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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Canada; First Thus edition (April 13 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143175432
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143175438
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Feb. 17 2001
Format: Paperback
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 By J. Graham on Jan. 26 2009
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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 By Ms Diva on June 29 2000
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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 By Chantal Lalonde on Feb. 7 2013
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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 By den on 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 By kristina on Oct. 14 2012
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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 By Tumbleweed on 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 By Nana6 on Aug. 29 2010
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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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