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The Discipline Book: Everything You Need to Know to Have a Better-Behaved Child : For Birth to Age Ten [Hardcover]

William Sears , Martha Sears
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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Feb. 22 1995
A guide by two pediatricians who have raised eight children together discusses self-esteem, spanking, divorce, single parenting, travel, and baby-sitting, and offers advice on how to prevent, as well as stop, problem behavior. Tour.


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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars High expectations, but disappointed April 18 2004
Format:Paperback
I was so thrilled about all I learned from the Sears Baby Book, that I was sure this was the only discipline book I'd need. Instead, I just read it and it is going straight into the trash (and yes, I read the whole huge thing, hoping at some point it would get better and more useful) Dr. Sears, you hae a lot of fans out there (myself included) but you really missed the boat on this one! The book goes on and on and on about attachment parenting philosophies (wear your baby, nurse, sleep with your baby) and even though I've done all that I find this book does the attachment parenting thing ad nauseum. I actually found myself thinking it is a bit offensive, because Sears seems to think that children who are properly attached, or attached enough, will not have discipline issues. Well, that's just not helpful to me as I try to find strategies to deal with my daughter hitting other children, or throwing food on the floor (for 4 months now), or having little tantrums, etc. If you want a book that will make you feel good about all the great attachment parenting you've done, or horrible about all the attachment parenting you haven't done, then this is the book for you. If you want a book that is more about strategies to deal with toddlers and their behavioral challenges (and why they work, and the strenghts and weaknesses of various approaches), keep looking. I'm going to try "Secrets of the Baby Whisperer for toddlers" and "Becoming the parent you want to be."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Could be helpful in certain situations. March 22 1998
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Format:Paperback
We bought this book because the reviews called it "essential" but we found it to be useless when we tried to put its ideas into practice. The authors do detail problems and offer solutions but their advice is actually quite vague. We bought the book to try to get some help but following the advice in the book just made us frustrated. They don't have suggestions for people like us, whose discipline issues aren't as pat as those in the book. For parents who are starting out, this might be a helpful book to read but for us, whose problems are more established, the book really wasn't any help at all.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing! Feb. 25 2000
Format:Paperback
I am a strong believer in the general ideas espoused by Dr. Sears (family bed, avoiding spanking, being respectful of children as people, etc.), but I found this book very disappointing. First, Dr. Sears provides many strong recommendations about what a parent should and shouldn't do, but virtually no practical suggestions or examples. Second, in the focus on being respectful and responsive to the child, there is a strong implication that a parent who attends to his/her own needs is practicing poor parenting. I believe that a parent who sacrifices too much of her/his self is often a worse parent than those who have boundaries that are respectful of BOTH themselves and their child. Third, there is a strong and explicit value that the mother is and SHOULD be the primary parent, with the father playing a quite peripheral role. If you want a parenting book that teaches you to be warm and responsive to your child with practical examples, "How to Talk So Kids Will Listen, How to Listen So Kids Will Talk" is a MUCH better choice.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are a parent, this book is for you! Nov. 22 2003
Format:Paperback
If you are not a proponent of Attachment Parenting, I encourage you to read this book. If you are already an "attached parent", simply draw wisdom, sit back and enjoy.
In short, The Sears explain why it works. With more than 3 decades of parenting experience of their 8 children, the Sears offer their tried and true wisdom on how to have a well disciplined child.
With humor, insight and personal experiences from their home, the Sears cover all aspects of parenting. This books helps parents give their child the tools to grow to be a well disciplined individual. And it is all done with simplicity, common sense and love.
Regardless of the age of your child or your current parenting methods, this book is for you! Don't be mislead by the title, this book is not about punishment. It is about teaching discipline and self control in a nurturing, loving environment.
Give your child a head start in life. Get this book. Share it with your spouse. It will change your whole idea of parenting and discipline. And, it really works!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
I feel so comfortable with the philosophy of this book. I must admit I had previously thought of attachment parenting as relating only to nursing babies. Sears clearly explains that a solid foundation in a "connected parent/child relationship" along with firm boundaries, effective communication skills and behavior modification strategies, will (over time) develop a child's
conscience and internal motivation to WANT to do the right thing. I have 3 young children under the age of 6. I highly recommend this book for it's comprehesive explanations of theory and attention to issues of special needs children as well as to some common worrisome issues of 6-10 year olds. If you have young children like me, I also recommend a very practical A-Z guide called "The Pocket Parent" that is written only for parents of 2-5 year olds. This literally pocketsized book is not written in paragraphs, but rather sanity saving bullets of quick read tips and examples often including the exact words to try. It is organized alphabetically by behavior topic (anger, biting, gimmes, hitting, listening, lying, morning crazies, whining, etc) and can quickly suggest a strategy at a moments notice. I refer to these 2 compatible books again and again. I am pleased with the increase of cooperation from my kids as well as the general feeling of well-being in my household.(...of course, that's on a good day!...My kids are normal and often quite challenging!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars so far so good
Love this book, attachment parenting is really working for us. my daughter is only 2months but she trusts me. i know we are on the right track with this book
Published 16 months ago by Amanda Hindley
1.0 out of 5 stars I really disliked this book . . .
I have to agree with the negative views posted here. I wanted to add my review to help balance out the numerous positive reviews. Read more
Published on July 9 2004 by J. Droeger
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for children under 1
Our child's under one, and just getting to the discipline stage. There's nothing for a child under age one, unless you want to be told the value of attachment parenting (which I... Read more
Published on June 16 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what an 'attached parent" needed...
I loved the "Baby bBook", but was quite dissapointed with this one. It has little advise to balance excessive attention and control our sun was getting as a result of this... Read more
Published on May 30 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars I WANTED to like this book
but it offered no real practical advice beyond common sense approaches. Plus, Sears et al seemed to believe that if you practice their attachment parenting approach you should... Read more
Published on March 25 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars If you aren't AP, don't get this book!
If you didn't breastfeed or carry your child around almost 24/7 in infancy don't get this book. I had never heard of attachment parenting and didn't get this book until my oldest... Read more
Published on Jan. 27 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
This book is written by intelligent people, who have an enlightened approach to child-rearing. Their "prevention" method of attachment parenting is the key, so that you don't have... Read more
Published on July 29 2003 by SubversiveMama
5.0 out of 5 stars An Approach by Professionals Who Practice What They Preach
I feel so comfortable with the philosophy of this book. I must admit I had previously thought of attachment parenting as
relating only to nursing babies. Read more
Published on June 14 2003 by Sheldon L. Wernikoff
3.0 out of 5 stars Great guidance
As a newer parent with a history involving growing up with abuse, I find this book to be really insightful and helpful. Read more
Published on May 30 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Sears knows best?
I purchased this book because it appeared to be one that looked at discipline and the child in a very practical way. Read more
Published on May 14 2003 by Elif Martinez
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