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One Minute Mother, The [Hardcover]

Spencer Johnson
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Sept. 15 1983
This heartfelt parable begins where most mothers are, and then takes them where they want to be. Starting with nurturing and understanding, the young mother-to-be in Dr. Johnson's story learns how to help her children acquire self-discipline and discovers a simple way to encourage them to achieve in the world.

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Not for mothers only! This parable begins where most parents are and takes them to where they want to be. Learn how to become an effective disciplinarian using nurturing and understanding, and how to help your children achieve their goals. The three simple techniques outlined in this book really can help you become a better, more complete parent. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


"THE ONE MINUTE MOTHER is a masterpiece in the art of communication. Dr Johnson has the ability to be interesting, provocative and succinct. My admiration is complete." Norman Vincent Peale --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Filler, Little Content Sept. 30 2003
By A Customer
This book is written in the form of a story. My hunch is that it's to supply a *lot* of filler to an idea that could be easily explained in a few pages. As it is, I still finished it in an hour. Even though it didn't take long, I was still highly annoyed at the waste of my time reading so much fluff for so little substance. A young pregnant woman interviews a woman and her grown daughters about what makes a good mom. There are no real-life examples, studies, anecdotes, etc. Basically it boils down to three tips: set individual and family goals and review them daily; catch your kids doing things right and praise them; and address infractions ASAP and condemn the behavior, not the child. Pretty basic stuff. The only reason I gave this book two stars instead of one is because the advice is sound, if simple. If you're still curious, go to the bookstore and take two minutes to look at the diagram toward the end of the book. It explains everything succinctly, and you'll have saved yourself an hour and $10.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Parenting Book I've Ever Read July 18 1998
This book is fantastic! I read a copy from the library last night, and today I feel I must have a copy of my own. I'm so excited about what these ideas will do for my family! I had heard of the "One Minute Reprimand" long ago, and loved the idea of reprimanding the child's behavior and not the child. By also including "One Minute Goal Setting" and "One Minute Praisings" this book presents a beautiful way for a family to live. Sometimes we think that our children automatically know how wonderful we think they are. They don't, and this book encourages you to tell them, while also not glossing over their misbehavior. I'm excited about this book! All my friends are going to hear about it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Suitable for parents of children above ten May 4 2003
This book is very suitable to parents of children above ten years, but as a parent to a three and four years old, I did not find it much helpful. How can I teach toddlers to sit down and write together our mutual goals and seek ways to achieve them!!
I kept this book up in one of my shelves for future reference, I think I will benefit from it later.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good relationship Sept. 30 2013
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This book also helps you establish a good relationship with your child. It is an easy read, really enjoyed it and put it to use. 😃
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy but great Dec 9 2000
By A Customer
Although this book is written in an obviously simple narrative way, it has some golden truths about parenting. I highly recommend it. Spencer Johnson must be a very, smart, kind man.
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