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|By Nancy Samalin with Catherine Whitney
This book draws heavily on observations made
by parents in workshops hosted by the author
over nearly 30 years. Peppered with scores
of anecdotes, it compares successful and
unsuccessful child rearing methods but avoids
creating the false impression that parenting
can be reduced to a list of nostrums that
are guaranteed to yield results.
Divided into 100 highly focused chapters
averaging 3 pages each, itís perfect for
browsing or for choosing topics that interest
you most. The writing is clear, direct and
non-repetitive. The message is grounded in
common sense and is remarkably consistent.
Most readers can digest it all in only 2-3
The author encourages parents to instill
discipline and standards in their children
but to do so with balance and nuance and
avoiding the twin extremes of permissive
over-indulgence and heavy-handed authoritarianism.
A recurring theme is how to overcome resistance
in your kids, resolve conflicts, and yet
dispose them to follow your rules.
Several years ago this reviewer
had an extended
interview with Ms. Samalin, a
whose own children are now adults.
understated, thoughtful, gracious,
In short, she is still a teacher
and definitely not a slick, know-it-all
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