Raising a self-disciplined child by Robert Brooks and Sam Goldstein
Judging by the problems we see in the UK at the moment with young people who are totally out of control and who see guns and knives as a way of getting what they want, many parents need help in encouraging self-discipline in their children!
The problem for many families is that bad or ineffective parenting has also been the experience of mothers and fathers struggling to bring up their own offspring. Raising a self-disciplined child attempts to redress this imbalance. Another interesting facet is when parent's experience problems with just one of their children - nature over nurture!
The authors Robert Brooks and Sam Goldstein are both high-profile experts in the US and for this book draw heavily on the parenting workshops and consultations they have run together. So most of the content is based on American case studies.
Chapters include Helping Your Child Take Control, Teaching Your Child to Solve Problems and Encouraging Y our Child to Make a Difference. The authors cover everything from "It's not fair!" to dealing with children with special needs.
The problem, for this reviewer, is that the wealth of excellent advice and strategies is embedded within the case studies. So if you don't have the time or inclination to read Raising a Self-Disciplined Child from cover to cover is to go through the book concentrating on the cross-heads to find what is pertinent for you.
Throughout the book are pull-quotes that offer excellent advice or highlight the pitfalls of parenting! For example:
"When you discipline your children, consider whether your actions nurture personal control or contribute to a victim mentality."
Raising a self-disciplined child by Robert Brooks and Sam Goldstein is published by McGraw Hill. If you would like to order a copy from Amazon, please click the link below:
Raising a Self-Disciplined Child: Helping Your Child Become More Responsible, Confident, and Resilient