Honey, I Wrecked the Kids: When Yelling, Screaming, Threats, Bribes, Time-outs, Sticker Charts and Removing Privileges All Don't Work Paperback – Jan 23 2009
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From the Back Cover
HONEY, I WRECKED THE KIDS
If you have a "discipline-resistant" child, then you already know that the old standby parenting tactics just don't work on this modern era kid. Naughty mats, counting, time-outs, removing privileges…all the things that seemed to work just fine on other kids are actually making things worse with this one.
"Sometime between removing the door to stop him from slamming it and pushing his shelf into the hall so he couldn't chuck storybooks at me when I sent him to his room, I thought to myself−this is crazy. We can't go on forever disassembling the house. I need help!"
—Shirley, mother of two
Psychotherapist, bestselling author and nationally sought-after parenting expert Alyson Schaefer finally provides what perplexed parents everywhere have been waiting for: the blueprint to understanding−and correcting−misbehavior. This isn't an assertiveness course for permissive parenting, and it's not a PR makeover for our autocratic, punishing methods. With her characteristic blend of outrageous humor and uncanny insight (yes, she does peer into your living rooms at night), Alyson will show you how to diagnose and reverse the root cause of all misbehavior (even the most baffling) so that you can rediscover the joy of parenting your kids. Sound too good to be true? Start reading.
About the Author
Alyson Schafer, M.A. Counseling, B.Sc., OACCPP
Alyson Schafer is a psychotherapist and one of the nation's leading parenting experts. She's the author of the bestselling Breaking the Good Mom Myth (Wiley, 2006) and host of The Parenting Show. The media relies on Alyson's comments and opinions; she has appeared on The Montel Williams Show, The National, BTV, and you can find her interviewed and quoted extensively in countless publications including Today's Parent, Cosmopolitan, Reader's Digest and Chatelaine.
Visit her online at www.alyson.ca
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Top Customer Reviews
Love the content of the book. Not quite as easy to read as her first book, Breaking the Good Mom Myth, but the content is even better! Especially love finally getting some great specifics about age appropriate responsibilities and how to introduce and run family meetings.
When I first read the title I laughed and thought it was clever. I was eager to share this with my girlfriend who's looking for some great help but she didn't find the title funny at all. She's so stressed out and upset about the problems she's having being the parent she wants to be that she seems to have taken the title as another hit on her self esteem. And when I thought about it, it was an unusual title for Alyson to pick as she's all about encouraging and not shaming or blaming your kids so why would the title be so off message. Anyway, I wanted those of you, like my girlfriend, who might feel down about the title to know that if you get the book and get past the cover, the contents will help you from day 1.
Both this book and the follow-up "Ain't Misbehavin'" are so empowering in that they give positive ideas on ways to respond to children's behaviours when nothing else seems to work. I find the suggestions help me to feel more capable, more calm, and more in control of myself when my toddlers are not cooperating, and the positive effects on their behaviour are so powerful. I have a degree in psychology and find the psychology behind the approach particularly intriguing, but this book is written for all parents. It's a bit "cutsy" and overly-casual in the language at times, but it's a book I'll refer to again and again.
I have been a nanny for 13 years, so by the time I had my own son I thought I had it all figured out; boy was I wrong! But Alyson's book came to the rescue and I'm so pleased to say that I have an extremely well behaved, happy and content four year old son that I am SO proud of every day. Now that I've learned the lesson's Alyson so brilliantly lays out for us all in her new book, my job is a breeze and my time with my son is an absolute joy. And best of all... no more tantrums! :)
This is the book I recommend to all the Parents I meet, no matter if they're struggling with terrible two's or ready to pull their hair out because of a rebellious teenager. Alyson's methods are fool proof if you're willing to trust in her expertise. this is it folks... the book every frazzled parent has been looking for, pick yours up today and buy one for your exhausted friends too!
Most recent customer reviews
This book is easy reading. This will make an easy time of understanding toddler behavior. Ideas suggested are easy to follow. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Debbie lynch
I don't agree with everything but a great read and thought provoking.Published 20 months ago by Cal W
This book teaches you a fabulous way to collaborate with your child in manner that is positive and developmentally appropriate. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Lori Howell
It is changing the way my family operates! We are seeing change already! I love it. I finished it about a 2 weeks ago but I keep going back to my notes- almost everyday! Read morePublished on Nov. 5 2013 by Rada Pascoe
Saw Alyson when she visited London Ontario and HAD to buy the book. I have 3 daughters close in age with different personalities and came to realize that they all need to be... Read morePublished on May 31 2010 by M. Hughes
I am a fan of Alyson's parenting approach to start with but, this is a good read that is full of intelligent perspectives on how to understand why behaviours are happening with... Read morePublished on April 28 2009 by HR
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