Making Children Mind without Losing Yours

We’ve seen the enemy, and they’re small . . . and unionized.

If anyone understands why children behave the way they do, it’s internationally known psychologist and New York Times bestselling author Dr. Kevin Leman. Using the 7 principles of reality discipline, this father of five and grandfather of four reveals a practical, action-oriented game plan to

– get kids to listen to parents
– encourage healthy attitudes and two-way communication
– turn off temper tantrums, minimize sibling rivalries, and foil finicky eaters
– put parents back in the driver’s seat
– prompt long-lasting, positive behavior and instill values
– rear respectful, well-behaved children who become responsible difference makers in the world

Thought-provoking questions at the end of each chapter and Dr. Leman’s real-life examples give readers sure-fire techniques for developing a loving, no-nonsense approach for rearing children. With over a million satisfied customers, parents can’t go wrong with this classic, perennial bestseller.As the title indicates, Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours is a book with a friendly, lighthearted approach. Author Kevin Leman (The New Birth Order Book) speaks directly from his experiences as a father of five and a practicing psychologist. While you won’t find specific studies or statistics here, you will find straightforward, practical suggestions that often get right to the heart of troubling situations.

Leman’s technique, which he refers to as “reality discipline” is based on a particular passage from the Bible, and his book is liberally sprinkled with his religious beliefs. These references will make this book a particular favorite for some readers; his stance that parents’ authority comes directly from God is a fundamental principle of his text, and some parents may prefer a less evangelistic approach. That said, it’s hard to disagree with suggestions such as “train yourself to be a good listener” and “give your children direct eye contact.” Nearly every suggestion is coupled with a real-life example of the behavior in discussion, making for an easy read, and every chapter ends with questions labeled “to review and apply” as well as a short section of concepts to put into practice. The section dealing with divorce suggests you make a list of the chapter’s suggestions you find difficult and create a plan to implement them. Leman assumes that anyone reading this book can find the time to create such plans themselves, and doesn’t provide his readers with any step-by-step charts. If you’re not up to creating your own action plans, you may prefer a more detailed form of help than this book offers. –Jill Lightner

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3 Comments

G. Drochner on December 16, 2017 at 7:43 PM.

Sound advice, easy to use I read the book in the hope to find another way of getting my two sons (3 and 5 years of age) to get an understanding of courtesy and niceness. This books delivers just that. It is written in an easy understandable way. It does need some practice to get through to the kids but after a few runs, it is working quite well. Not as good for us as some of the other reviews suggest, but well enough for me to be called a success.I can recommend this book to anyone who is looking for another…

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