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Pride and Joy is a different kind of parenting book. In Pride and Joy, child psychologist Kenneth Barish brings together the best of recent advances in clinical and neuroscience research with the author's three decades of experience working with children and families. He shows how a deeper appreciation of our children's emotions offers parents a new understanding of their children's development and better solutions to the problems in their lives.

Barish offers advice to parents on how we can restore more joyfulness and pride in our relationships with our children and how we can help children bounce back from disappointment and defeat. He shows how we can repair family relationships that have been damaged by frequent anger and resentment and how we can preserve our children's idealism and their concern for others - how we can raise children who feel good about themselves and also care about the needs and feelings of others. Barish also offers advice on how to solve problems of daily family life: establishing rules and limits, doing homework and going to sleep, winning and losing at games, our children's reluctance to talk to us, their tantrums and lack of motivation, and their addiction to television and video games. He presents down-to-earth recommendations for solving these common family problems - problems that too often erode the joyfulness of our children and our pleasure in being parents.

Pride and Joy is both informative and highly practical, and a balanced answer to the extreme methods that too often dominate parenting debates. Few parenting books address the central issues of concern to today's parents while also offering parents as much day-to-day advice.

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  • Doug Pell
  • 19-05-2014

Excellent guide and great POV on Parenting

Where does Pride and Joy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the better readings. A little slow but very clear

What other book might you compare Pride and Joy to and why?

Right up there with How to Talk so Children will Listen and How to Listen so Children will Talk

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  • Danika Bueno
  • 01-12-2015

Not my style

Would you consider the audio edition of Pride and Joy to be better than the print version?

No, I thought the narrator was really soothing

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I thought it dwelled too much on the negative parenting or the troubled times and didn't really concentrate on just little tweaks to improve an already very happy home life.

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What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

Yes, I did like how he said not to concentrate on praising your children for being smart or doing something well but to compliment on the EFFORT it took for them to dedicate themselves to something

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