Kids Are Worth It: Raising Resilient, Responsible, Compassionate Kids Paperback – Apr 13 2010
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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.
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.See all Product Description
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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.
Instead of using rewards and punishments, Coloroso advocates using a child's misbehavior as an opportunity to teach him/her about consequences and problem solving. The book contains many relevant examples for parents wanting to use meaningful and relevant discipline with their children. The only limitation of her discussion is that most of these examples apply to older children and teenagers instead of to toddlers.
"Kids are worth it!" has the power to change a parent's approach in a fundamental way. By distinguishing between teaching and controlling, Coloroso empowers parents to discipline their children with love and respect; she provides clear strategies for parents who seek to move away from punishment and towards natural and relevant consequences. Learning a new way to parent takes dedication and effort but, as the book proves, "kids are worth it!"
Believe me it's much, much harder making a 3 year old take the consequence of a misbehavior, and helping him try to fix his problem himself than it would be to punish him for it and fix things myself, but oh boy does he learn more when I put in the effort.
This is not minimum effort parenting, and it's not about letting your kids always having their own way. It's about teaching them how to think rather than what to think.
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I read this many years ago and lost it so, I bought again, great read. I work with ADD kids and Adults, it gives good building blocks for assisting parents with difficult kids. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Robert Bray
I started reading and listening to Barbara Coloroso when my children were in school. I am re-reading now that I have grandchildren. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Elizabeth M. Madsen
Cannot recommend this book highly enough for anyone who wants to be a better parent. Wish I would have known about it sooner, but very happy to have it now. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Katherine
I used this book to help me raise our son, as I didn't have good role models growing up. It is amazing. Very respectful ways of raising your children.Published 18 months ago by Martha Hills
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 22 months ago by Tara Treash
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 morePublished 23 months ago by PJ
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 morePublished on Jan. 24 2014 by val moreau
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 morePublished on Oct. 8 2013 by Oreosncream