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Parenting with purpose : progressive discipline from birth to four
Madison, Lynda.
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Publication Information:
Kansas City, MO : Andrews McMeel Pub., [1998]

Physical Description:
xiii, 235 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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HQ774.5 .M33 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
HQ774.5 .M33 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Once the foundation of a house begins crumbling, there is no quick fix -- only panicked patchwork to keep it from completely caving in. The time to prevent problems is when the foundation is originally laid. When raising a child, it is this structure, provided by parents in the child's early years, that will prevent behavior problems down the road. Parenting with Purpose provides parents with the principles needed to guide the interaction with their child beginning in the toddler years, thereby laying the foundation for a happy, independent adult.

Few, if any, parental discipline books focus on toddlers. And yet, studies reveal that most behavioral and discipline problems develop early in childhood. This unique book helps parents confront and resolve these potential problems before they become habits.

The book outlines how behavioral problems typically begin and how to recognize them. Then it explores the key ingredients of successful parenting: being committed to your child, building respect, establishing trust, and maintaining a consistent technique. It then shows parents how to lay the building blocks of discipline with their child. Finally, the book shows readers how to implement what they already know into the parenting process successfully.

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Library Journal Review

Madison, director of family support and psychological services at Omaha's Children's Hospital, provides a structure on which parents of young children can build a philosophy of discipline. According to Madison, successful parenting is based on commitment to one's children, respect between parent and child, trustworthiness, and technique. In the first two-thirds of the book, she outlines the behavioral expectations for children at each age level (infant, crawler, walker, talker) and shows how techniques such as positive reinforcement, time out, and tokens can be used to create a positive environment. In the final third of the book, Madison addresses problem behaviors (biting, tantrums, lying) and potential problem situations (eating out, divorce, babysitters) and shows how to apply the techniques discussed earlier in each case. This is a positive and encouraging book for parents and others who care for young children. Highly recommended.‘Kay L. Brodie, Chesapeake Coll., Wye Mills, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.