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Current child-rearing techniques seek to develop children who are confident, self-assured, and unafraid to speak their minds-lions instead of lambs. Although largely positive, this shift has brought with it some very serious problems in our children's behavior. Without going back to an authoritarian model, Joe Newman has developed new ways of helping children develop the ability to self-regulate without undermining their confidence, and individuality.

“One of the best books on child-rearing. Joe Newman describes a cultural shift that has reinforced anxiety and behavior disorders in children by negating parental authority. Even more important, he provides specific, non-punitive ways for parents to help their kids by taking back their authority. Filled with examples and experiences from the author’s own life as a child with A.D.H.D., the book is a treasure-trove of useful information.” (Barry Michels, psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author of The Tools)

“This book is packed with useful information. It is an insightful and practical guide for managing children. I would recommend it to any parent.” (L. Alan Sroufe, Professor Emeritus Ph.D. University of Minnesota)

Raising Lions challenges us to re-examine our interactions and relationships with children, re-think the root causes of behavior problems, and find new ways to support healthy, happy development.

For over 20 years Joe Newman has worked with children, parents, teachers, and administrators to help them understand and improve child behavior.

©2010 Joe Newman (P)2019 Joe Newman

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Techniques that work

This audible really made me not want to stop listening. An eye opener listen, to the different phases of a child’s development and great techniques I’ve now implemented into my own parenting. I especially liked how he gave detailed scenarios, as well as the importance of the type of words to use when dealing with children and their behaviour. Thanks Joe Newman.

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Best advice and clear directs there is.

I could go on about this book in so many ways.
How I identified myself as a child in his examples and how I would have benefited from this kid of action instead of being suppressed or largely left to my own devices.
How my little lion has always been testing his power and all the ways the other method over used where ineffective.
And how all how this worked for all three of my children who have very different personalities 11 (lion) 9 (lamb) 1.5 (lion cub) haha even on him!
But best of yet it so eloquently articulated all the things I had always believed and tried to do and couldn't convey to my husband who was inadvertently making things worse and landing us on totally different pages from where we started.
A short audiobook listened together in a car ride and our house is 100% more harmonious and can get on with enjoyment and gratitude for the hard work we all put into our children while letting them be who they are.
Thanks endlessly Joe not just for me but all the kids out there who don't have to be in anguish.

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Great parenting book for strong willed children

This has changed the way I parent and am thankful for it. I would recommend listening to the whole book before implementing the strategies to ensure best success.

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  • Megan Shank
  • 06-04-2020

Perfect timing for our two-year old

Immediately actionable advice. Compassionate, sensible, strong parenting advice. Just started putting it into practice bit it worked immediately.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-04-2020

Wish my parents would have had this book.

A must read for every parent. I wish my parents had this when I was growing up. Answered a lot of questions that I had about my childhood. And me a lot of help with my kids.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-11-2019

Every parent should read this!

I am a pediatric occupational therapist, and the principles of this book have been incredibly valuable to my practice. Bottom line- it works. I’m so glad I read this before having kids of my own. Thanks Joe!

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  • SharleeA
  • 22-02-2021

Everyone needs to read it

Parents, teachers, administrators, social workers need this book! Excellent approach to authoritative discipline and aimed at the kids who need it the most, but are often not addressed in this style of parenting books. Immediately saw a difference in my child when I implemented Newman’s examples.

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  • C. J. Horton
  • 19-02-2021

sound, compassionate and essential

I'm sending this book and website to all the parents I work with! Consequences without shame, judgment or guilt. Safe limits for our young, omnipotent children.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 28-01-2021

Insightful and Helpful

Does a great job at describing child developmental stages and the correlation between independence and dependence on others. We want our kids to be interdependent. Acknowledging others will, while also having their own will and autonomy. Key take aways are acknowledging child’s feelings (even if irrational) and setting boundaries for behavior while also showing you love and care for them.

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  • Stephen Campbell
  • 09-12-2020

I love this book!

I love how the author explains his techniques in a point by point basis. I really appreciate the fact that he disagrees with corporal punishment. My dad beat the crap out of me and awls it did was made me more sneaky.

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  • Sherlock Holmes
  • 07-12-2020

the secret to powerful kids mental health

This is such a comprehensive guide of how to discipline a kid compassionately and healthily, so that they can be productive and happy members of society as they grow up. Personally this book has taught me a lot about my own nature and how some of the things that my parents did made me develop false preconceptions about the world. I'm going to recommend this book to everyone who I possibly can.

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  • Tommy
  • 24-11-2020

Absolutely brilliant!

Filled a gap in my parenting and gave me a detailed insight into something I've only had a notion about previously...

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  • Chad
  • 18-11-2020

shine a new light on parenting

this book helped me understand wht my brother was acting out often and will definitely help me become a better parent. "just meet the hand".

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  • Chris Blair
  • 24-03-2020

phenomenal

loved it and could stop listening. if there was/is follow on to this I'd get it! what an insight to behaviour and methods to develop young people

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  • Megan G
  • 30-06-2020

Cause and effect - fab!

Loved this - firm foundation for consequence based parenting to raise strong willed children. My toddler is already taking the lessons on board through practise of Joe's teachings.

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  • Jai Congiu
  • 08-06-2020

Brilliant

we will put his method into practice. I wish I found this book sooner

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  • Georgia
  • 24-04-2020

Must read.

Amazing book and even better through audio. This is a must read for any teacher or parent.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-04-2020

Amazing book

I recommend anyone with children. Who works with children or is thinking about it should read this book. I feel like I’ve learned so much about not only what my child wants and needs but how I’ve been failing to meet those demands.

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