Have a New Kid by Friday
How to Change Your Child's Attitude, Behavior & Character in 5 Days
Dr. Kevin Leman
This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.
Anyone who has dealt with a strong-willed child knows that it is no easy task to turn bad behavior around. But the popularity of TV programs like Supernanny and Nanny 911 shows that parents have had it up to here and are ready to try anything to get their children to behave. Bestselling author and psychologist Dr. Kevin Leman is here to help.
Have a New Kid by Friday shows parents how to reverse negative behavior in their children--fast! With his signature wit and encouragement, Dr. Leman offers hope and real, practical, doable strategies for regaining control and becoming the parents they always wanted to be. Focusing on changing a child's attitude, behavior, and character, it contains chapters for each day of the week and a special section with advice on everything from rolling eyes to sibling rivalry to talking back to punching walls and much, much more. This large section of more than 100 specific topics is indexed, allowing parents to flip immediately to any areas of concern for witty, straightforward, and gutsy plans of action.
a manual for religious indoctrination
Sure, there is some advice on overcoming discipline issues, but the books suffers immensely from the author's mistaken assumption that every potential reader is a bible-believing Christian like himself. Religious platitudes are sprinkled liberally throughout, with many open and unapologetic endorsements of his religious worldview.
Most troubling of all is that one section serves not to address genuine disciplinary issues with children who are genuinely poorly behaved, but rather focuses on how to persuade children that they must always attend church every week with their parents. Rather than addressing a non-existent discipline issue by simply recognising that children are smart enough to work out religious issues all on their own, the author assumes that only a badly behaved child would refuse to attend church and proceeds to outline what he believes is an effective strategy for pressuring the child to comply by effectively socially ostracising them from family activities on Sundays unless they attend. That isn't discipline at all, but is (in my opinion) not far removed from other approaches that would more readily be recognised as emotionally abusive.
Such issues may not trouble Christian parents (they certainly don't trouble the author!) but if you are of a more reasonable and tolerant mind, then you won't find much of use in this book unless you can first filter out the rather heavily-spread Christian doctrines. The author/publisher failed to note the religious emphasis underpinning this book, so please take this as fair warning if you're considering a purchase yourself.
Practical and sensible, worth a read.
hitchens666 review is a tad over the top regarding 'religious indoctrination'. It's over 100 pages before you get to anything about church and even then the author is just outlining a scenario that would happen in many households around the world. I'm not religious and have no problem with this.
This book provides simple explanations for the purpose of childrens' behaviours and gives parents practical advice for turning family life into a more positive experience for everyone. I have noticed a difference in my kids in just a week. You have nothing to lose by reading this book.
Down to Earth Practical solutions
I'm not a religious person but I found this parenting book funny and realistic. The techniques work too. Just take the parenting advice you don't need to listen to the religious side.
- Category: Parenting
- Published: 01 March 2008
- Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
- Seller: Baker Book House Company
- Print Length: 304 Pages
- Language: English