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5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful book - might want to suppliment it with ....., Nov. 18 2004
This review is from: Parents Do Make a Difference: How to Raise Kids with Solid Character, Strong Minds, and Caring Hearts (Paperback)
"Parents Do Make a Difference: How to Raise Kids with Solid Character, Strong Minds, and Caring Hearts" is a delightful book. I think Borba hits the nail on the head with this one. It would be nice if more fathers read this book. My only complaint is that it does not provide enough detail. Maybe that's just a father thing. The generalities of this book might be well supplemented with the detail that I found in another - "Systemic Parenting: An Exploration of the Parenting Big Picture" (Gaskill). These books are very complimentary of each other. Systemic Parenting just fills in some of the gaps left open in Parents Do Make a Difference. Both have been very important to developing my skills as a parent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The book to become the parent you wish you had, Feb. 8 2000
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This review is from: Parents Do Make a Difference: How to Raise Kids with Solid Character, Strong Minds, and Caring Hearts (Paperback)
This is one of the best parenting books I've ever read! It's chock-full of advice on how to develop in our children the 8 skills most critical to success (according to parents, educators, and other experts): positive self-esteem, cultivating strengths, communicating, problem-solving, getting along, goal-setting, perseverance, and caring. The sub-title, "How to raise kids with solid character, strong minds, and caring hearts" is irresistible. Although I already own dozens of parenting books, I'm glad I still bought this. The author is obviously an educator; she has organized the book in a way that makes the activities simple and effective. Each chapter begins with two examples: one child has the skill, the other doesn't. what follows next is a checklist to determine a child's current level with the skill. Then Ms. Borba breaks down the task of developing the skill into 3-5 simple steps. Each step is explained thoroughly and clearly, with examples from real life. Success Tips intersperse the chapters. These give quick tips related to the skill, that parents can easily carry out. Finally, each chapter ends with Points to Remember that summarize the main points of the chapter. The strategies in this book are all simple and doable, but it doesn't occur to most of us to do them. For example, what to say when your child experiences failure, how to hold family meetings, and even how to respond to bullies. Ms. Borba advises parents and other readers to devote one month to concentrate on each skill. Even without following this strictly, the book will enable parents to recognize everyday experiences as learning opportunities for these skills. If you follow even half of what this book teaches, you will be the parent you wish you had! Our children and families will be all the happier for this book, and countries will certainly have fewer social problems if only more children (and adults) had these 8 critical skills. A must-read for all parents, teachers, caregivers -- anybody who relates to kids!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The book to become the parent you wish you had, Feb. 8 2000
This review is from: Parents Do Make a Difference: How to Raise Kids with Solid Character, Strong Minds, and Caring Hearts (Paperback)
This is one of the best parenting books I've ever read! It's chock-full of advice on how to develop in our children the 8 skills most critical to success (according to parents, educators, and other experts): positive self-esteem, cultivating strengths, communicating, problem-solving, getting along, goal-setting, perseverance, and caring. The sub-title, "How to raise kids with solid character, strong minds, and caring hearts" is irresistible. Although I already own dozens of parenting books, I'm glad I still bought this. The author is obviously an educator; she has organized the book in a way that makes the activities simple and effective. Each chapter begins with two examples: one child has the skill, the other doesn't. what follows next is a checklist to determine a child's current level with the skill. Then Ms. Borba breaks down the task of developing the skill into 3-5 simple steps. Each step is explained thoroughly and clearly, with examples from real life. Success Tips intersperse the chapters. These give quick tips related to the skill, that parents can easily carry out. Finally, each chapter ends with Points to Remember that summarize the main points of the chapter. The strategies in this book are all simple and doable, but it doesn't occur to most of us to do them. For example, what to say when your child experiences failure, how to hold family meetings, and even how to respond to bullies. Ms. Borba advises parents and other readers to devote one month to concentrate on each skill. Even without following this strictly, the book will enable parents to recognize everyday experiences as learning opportunities for these skills. If you follow even half of what this book teaches, you will be the parent you wish you had! Our children and families will be all the happier for this book, and countries will certainly have fewer social problems if only more children (and adults) had these 8 critical skills. A must-read for all parents, teachers, caregivers -- anybody who relates to kids!
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Than A Book... It's A Handbook, Jan. 22 2001
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Jon Henshaw (Nashville, TN United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Parents Do Make a Difference: How to Raise Kids with Solid Character, Strong Minds, and Caring Hearts (Paperback)
Parents Do Make a Difference is more than a book, it's a handbook. Dr. Borba uses extensive use of checklists, exercises, helpful suggestions and real life examples to help parents teach the skills of personal, emotional and motivational success to their children.
In this book, Dr. Borba has woven personal experiences, and sometimes complex behavioral theories, into messages that are clear and comprehensive for all parents.
Readers will appreciate the practicality of the author's approach. For example, Dr. Borba points out, early in the book, that family conditions help nurture the self-esteem of children. Meaning, all of the exercise and tips in this book may be meaningless if the parent doesn't have the ability to authentically mirror the behaviors they are attempting to teach their children.
To assist in further action for parents, she has also included several resources (books, videos, and web sites) at the end of each chapter. ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable, Practical Guide to Raising Happy Children., July 13 1999
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This review is from: Parents Do Make a Difference: How to Raise Kids with Solid Character, Strong Minds, and Caring Hearts (Paperback)
Finally! I will never feel helpless as a parent ever again! This book breaks down eight success skills into easy-to-use daily methods which I believe will help raise confident, happy kids who will be able to achieve their goals. This book is a complete toolbox of information, helpful tips, assessment quizes, solid research and heart-warming stories which will steer parents in the right direction to raise safe and caring children in today's very difficult world. This book is meant as a daily resource to lean on and it provides practical information that can be used naturally in everyday circumstances. The activities provided have already created an impact and I can see new sparks of passion in my children. I highly recommend this book, what a great baby shower present!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for parents and teachers!, July 26 1999
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This review is from: Parents Do Make a Difference: How to Raise Kids with Solid Character, Strong Minds, and Caring Hearts (Paperback)
Once again, Michele Borba has provided excellent suggestions for helping the village that raises the child. I appreciate Dr. Borba's book from the perspective of both elementary school educator and parent. The "eight success skills" are necessary for all of our children! We can all help. This book would be excellent for a parent group who would like to discuss each skill and how they are being successful in enhancing their children's social skills. This book would be an excellent reference book for any elementary teacher as it wonderfully complements Borba's book Esteem Builders. I can see schools working closely with parent groups as the skills are taught and emphasized at both school and at home. It would make a wonderful curriculum for a social skills program!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is excellent and noteworthy..., July 16 1999
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This review is from: Parents Do Make a Difference: How to Raise Kids with Solid Character, Strong Minds, and Caring Hearts (Paperback)
As one who works with children and has children I applaude Michele Borba for Parents Do Make A Difference - this book is excellent in it's insight and easy application. It gives me the confidence that I CAN be the parent that my children deserve. Michele Borba has written this book in a manner that offers a opportunity to begin to change the way children behave. This is what we parents want today - something that teaches us how to be more effective as parents. I would rate this book like I would a WONDERFUL cookbook. One that shows you that with the right ingredients and understanding of dynamics you can CREATE "EXCELLENCE"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Build Self-esteem in Your Children - Made Easy & Practical, July 16 1999
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This review is from: Parents Do Make a Difference: How to Raise Kids with Solid Character, Strong Minds, and Caring Hearts (Paperback)
This book gives parents the tools and information needed to build self-esteem, self-confidence, anger management and much more in their children. Helpful tips and suggestions that can be used on a daily basis make the book a genuine resource. It will even build confidence in parents! I strongly recommend this book for all parents and teachers, especially foster parents and social workers dealing with at risk children who have low self-esteem and anger control deficits. It is truly the most useful book I have ever read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Practical and fun!, April 17 2000
This review is from: Parents Do Make a Difference: How to Raise Kids with Solid Character, Strong Minds, and Caring Hearts (Paperback)
Parenting is hard enough without having to spend all my time trying to figure out the latest greatest parenting book! Parents Do Make A Difference is exceptional and I truly believe it has all the elements a parent needs to overcome all the difficulties we encounter raising kids. Dr. Borba's book is so practical, and I loved the stories used to illustrate her premise. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for the right answers, not the best theories!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Parent Book...practical and USEABLE, July 18 1999
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This review is from: Parents Do Make a Difference: How to Raise Kids with Solid Character, Strong Minds, and Caring Hearts (Paperback)
This is one of the most parenting books (if not the best) I own. It's one of the only books that actually helps us parents teach our kids the skills that will matter most in their lives...confidence, communication, perseverance, empathy, getting along, etc. And the ideas are manageable and realistic. Every parent needs a copy of this book.
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