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Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting

Narrated by: Noël Janis-Norton
Series: Calmer, Easier, Happier, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
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Simple strategies for a happier home and more cooperative kids. For children aged 3-13. Finally, a revolutionary programme that gives you simple steps to take the daily battles out of parenting.

These strategies resolve one of parents' biggest frustrations: getting your children to listen and do what you ask, the first time you ask. When children are at their best, it is easy to get along with them and enjoy them. However, when they are defiant, argumentative or disrespectful, it is easy to get wound up, to argue back, threaten, nag or shout. If this sounds like the situation in your home too much of the time, then Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting is for you. When you use these strategies, not only will your children become more cooperative, but also more confident, self-reliant and considerate. Learning new skills like Preparing for Success, Descriptive Praise and the Never Ask Twice method can transform your relationship with your child in a short space of time and help bring the joy back into family life.

Full of examples and real stories from parents, this book gives you clear step-by-step guidance to achieve Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting. These strategies work!

©2012 Noël Janis-Norton (P)2012 Hodder & Stoughton

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"It has taken the stress out of parenting - I'll probably live 10 years longer." (Helena Bonham Carter)

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  • J & M
  • 15-03-2017

Great read.

I have twin toddlers. I love the advice in this book. I hope it works :). I have recommended this book to any frustrated parents I know.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-04-2018

Really works and results are immediate

The actual techniqes begin in chapter 3. I love Noel's English accent and calm voice. If you do what Noel says your child will begin to listen the first time, be more independent and have a positive attitude. Our family is a lot happier now.

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  • Lior
  • 17-12-2016

a must hear book

Very important for the every day rules and tactics with your kids. It make the house much more positive and quiet.

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  • Big Ears
  • 27-02-2016

Bit long winded

I have read Noel's other book for parents with boys and wanted to get this as a refresher and also because I have a daughter too. I thought that the concepts and examples would be easier to absorb if they were told to me. Unfortunately I found Noel's voice rather annoying and she droned on and on about why this method works before getting on with how it works and all the examples. The examples are embedded within all the explanations so they were easily missed. I think the printed version might be better for such books since you can flip back and forth and go back to the relevant topics and to the examples you want.

I gave up half way through this book. Might pick it up again if I have a long journey and feel like sleeping.

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  • Rebecca
  • 11-04-2016

Just a lot of examples of positive reinforcement

I am doing psychology and baby psychology. If you want to learn about this method of parenting just look up Positive Reinforcement instead of listening to hours and hours of this. This is literally just a woman giving hundreds of examples of positive reinforcement, calling it her own twist by renaming it positive praise.

The only thing I have to praise her on is that this must have been a great easy money maker for her.

Positive reinforcement is well known to be the most encouraging way of supporting others especially as a parent or carer for a child. That is why people have given this great reviews, she has added very little of her own additions on top of positive reinforcement. I was expecting so much more out of this.

If you want a good relationship with your children you need to understand positive reinforcement, empathy and how to be authoritative without being authoritarian. I guess this is one way about learning about positive reinforcement

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  • Charlotte
  • 13-04-2013

It does what it says on the tin!

This book IS wordy and repetitive and it has to be so, but it's worth it, and IT WORKS! It will change your attitude on how you deal with your "difficult" child. The child's behaviour will improve, and you will be amazed. Implementing the strategies in the book takes constant energy, determination, and consistency, not to mention on-going re-reading to refresh your tactics. As granny to an intense, emotional child, I have seen great changes and improvements. All other "how to" books have been thrown away. Use it, and stick with it, it's a sanity saver!

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  • Mike
  • 13-04-2013

persevere, it works.

I was very sceptical when I chose this book, nothing could work on my kids (six and four). They never listened until someone shouted or they had had favourite toys thrown away. This never left anyone feeling good afterwards.

After listening to the first part of the book I could understand why we were failing. I convinced my wife that we should give this a try and we are starting to see the benefits. It is very hard to wait between chapters, but after not waiting the first time, can appreciate why.

This is not an overnight cure, you have to change to get your kids to change, but it is for the better, have patience, you need it with kids anyway!

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  • MR
  • 13-04-2013

Some good advice

This audiobook is read by the author. She has a calm Scandanavian voice. The book is slow going however and whilst the advice contained in it is sound and practical, it does not really lend itself to the quick reference of a book. Everything is explained step by step but It got very repetitive at times, which is partly the idea, in order to learn the techniques.

I get the feeling that if you followed this to the letter your life would be calmer and happier as a parent so it does what it says on the title, but the techniques are time consuming and a lot of hard work. This will ultimately work to your advantage as the author advises, but beer pared to go in it for the long haul. The chapter on never ask twice is the best advice I have heard on the subject of getting your kids to listen to you and do it first time! It does work, which is pretty amazing. The key is consistency, as with any of these parenting techniques.

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  • Abz
  • 10-03-2019

Great journey for C, E, H parenting

This is well done, somethings I must admit once layed out to you are totally "common" sense, when you get that oh yes, dah moment.

But there are others where you really have to jot your own challenges down and see what really would work for you.

This parenting guide:
(1) Should be first read/listened to either alone or best together with your spouse.
(2) You then should discuss together
(3) Make notes of the actions together with time-scales that are realistic (Smart)
(4) Measure around effectiveness what worked didn't worked, look at small changes rather than large wholescale ones.

I will now attempt the above. Great stepping stone for things to come as children become more challenging and parents tend to become consumed with more in a very rapidly changing environment /society.

All the best to all parents alike, we are all in the same club, hats off to each and everyone of for listening to this end to end.

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  • M Chaikin
  • 27-02-2019

Couldn't get past the first chapter

My wife read this and recommended it to me and said it was fantastic. But the first chapter read like a typical sales pitch for a battery renovator or a protein drink guaranteed to make you loose weight. She just went on and on about how many people found this book useful and how incredible her techniques were ...on and on and on. I was screeming "shut up and get on with it then" in the end. This book is not for everyone especially not people who hate a "sales pitch" or impatient people like me.

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  • stryder
  • 16-11-2018

Indispensable for parenting, work and life.

Great for parenting, other relationships and work (after all, their are often adult children in the workplace).

Been applying these techniques in personal and professional life and great changes within myself and others.

Along with Non-Violent Commmunication, this book is an essential for life.

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  • Mohammad
  • 27-10-2017

Real life examples .. very helpful

Excellent book for parents.. the mentioned core strategies are effective tools.. the book is a bit long and repetitive BUT i think this is helpful to fully understand the required skills to achieve "calmer, easier, happier parenting"..

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  • Cordelia
  • 15-04-2017

Practical guide to successful parenting

I absolutely love the techniques from this book. It has given me a more positive attitude towards my own children and my ability as a parent.