Most parenting books focus on changing a child's behaviour, but the truth is that children only change when their relationship with their parents changes.
In Calm Parents, Happy Kids, Dr Laura Markham introduces an approach to parenting that eliminates threats, power struggles and manipulation, in favour of setting limits with empathy and communication.
Bringing together the latest research in brain development with a focus on emotional awareness (for both parents and children), it will appeal to all parents who don’t want to force their children into compliance and lose their temper, but want to keep calm and help their children want to behave.
©2014 Laura Markham, PhD (P)2014 Tantor Audio, Random House Audiobooks
this book should be played to every new parent!!! It honestly explains parenting in a light that just makes sense. Raising a child is enjoyable if we change our thinking, and put forth a little effort.
"Wise words and fantastic narration"
Wise words backed up by research and explanations of how to implement these great parenting skills.
Xe Sands Narration is utterly superb! She has a calming voice, whilst at the same time, enthusiastic. I will definitely look out for her in the future.
I know I will listen to this book again. It reminds me of the parent I am aspiring to be and brings me back on track when I am faltering.
I liked the book so much I will buy the print edition as well.
"Great Insight "
I loved the action points. I intend to reread (re - listen) to this book until I have internalized the strategies. I also like the fact that they broke down some areas into age groups..easy to relate your current issue. I would have liked the author to include a bit more on teenage kids. Otherwise great book.
"Love this book. I listen to it over and over."
Yes, I still do listen to it. Each time I remember a little bit more.
The author uses a lot of examples of the things you should say. I think it really helps hearing the reader say them. It seems easier to recall them when I'm talking with my kids than if I had just read them.
I thinks this book should be given free to every parent when their child is born. Everything with practical advises for every day. So logical and yet the majority of parent never realise this simple facts. Love it, 100% recommended! I will buy the book to lend to every parent I know! Amazing!!!!
Listening to this book has had a positive impact on our family life. Recommend to parents who are wondering why their children are acting up and what to do about it.
I've read plenty parenting books and websites and Dr laura Markham is the best. plus, having the examples of what to say read aloud was a world apart from reading them on the page. well worth the money for me, I listened to a few hours in one session using by earphones and cleaning the house and I've been a much much less irritable parent since that day
"Lots of brilliant ways to positively parent"
very helpful in addressing lots of different aspects of parenting, not just discipline. I found it a little tricky at first as the reading is quite fast and as it's not read by the author it isn't always put across that well but I am so glad I stuck with it as it has given me lots of invaluable pointers. loved it. Will be listening to this again.
Great book. I love the principles and the examples of how to put it into practice. Probably need to listen a few times to really get a grasp of everything. If only we could all live by these the world would be a much happier place.
This has lots of useful tips for better parenting. I read it quickly as wanted to take action straight away ... I've picked up some ideas that i will try when home.
"ok but not genius"
didn't finish this, gives tips on how to become a calmer patent and have calmer children but really just describes creating a no shout household. wouldn't recommend I'm afraid.
"Completly unsupported platitudes."
I was looking for a genuine expert to offer well reasoned and sound advice on bringing up children. This book was definitely not it.
All it really does is argue that any sort of punishment of the child's behaviours will mean your child will have a terrible life. As such you should always "choose love". This is a defensible position, but there is no offer of evidence or logic, just bland assertions and platitudes. I suspect that it only appeals to parents who instinctively already have a guilt complex and are looking for reassurance.
Very helpful book my wife and I are applying some techniques and seeing some positive results. Hopefully they will be long lasting.
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