Do you ever find yourself asking...
Family therapist Susan Stiffelman is here to help. While most parenting programs are designed to coerce kids to change, Parenting Without Power Struggles does something innovative, showing you how to help your children awaken their natural instincts to cooperate, rather than employing threats or bribes, which inevitably fuels their resistance. By staying calm and being the confident "captain of the ship" your child needs, you will learn how to parent from a place of strong, durable connection, and you'll be better able to help your kids navigate the challenging moments of growing up.
Drawing upon her successful practice and packed with real-life stories, Parenting Without Power Struggles is an extraordinary guidebook for transforming the day-to-day lives of busy parents - and the children they love.
©2010 Susan Stiffelman (P)2013 Tantor
"Stiffelman's engaging work gives parents tools to navigate confidently in both calm and stormy family seas." (Publishers Weekly)
This was a great book. It suggests a very caring and appealing parenting approach and the author's logic is hard to disagree with.
I have already strengthened the relationship I have with my son using this author's advice and that to me is a priceless reward for buying "Parenting Without Power Struggles". My only quibble is that while the advice in this book will probably work with less compliant, stronger-willed children like my daughter, it seemed to me that it would take a long time to have the effect I needed to happen ASAP.
I found "Setting Limits With Your Strong-Willed Child" worked quickly and effectively for my hard-case daughter, who was starting to drive me crazy. But, if I also follow the "Parenting Without Power Struggles" approach, I am sure that will deepen my relationship with her over the long-term. So, I'd recommend both books and both approaches, despite this author's distaste for time-outs and consequences.
Susan Stiffelmans voice is perfect to the reading of her book. She is calm, soothing and reassuring as you absorb her advice on Parenting without Power Struggles. Be the captian of your ship. Show your children that you can guide them through the rough and calm patches of day-to-day life, the ins and outs, and the operation of your home. Imagine how amazing it would feel to not get sucked into a back-and-forth verbal struggle with your kids about little things. And remember, you are the parent!
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