For those of you listening who are parents, know parents, or have had parents, the notion that the greatest thing you can do for your children is to learn to focus on yourself may sound strange, even heretical. It's not. Here's why: we are the only ones we can control. This practical, effective guide for parents of all ages with kids of all ages introduces proven principles for overcoming the anxieties and stresses of parenting and setting new patterns of connection and cooperation. Told in an engaging, conversational tone, this audiobook is sensible, straightforward, and based on the experiences of hundreds of actual families. It will help all parents become calming authorities in their homes, bring peace to their families today, and give kids what they need to grow into caring, self-directed adults tomorrow.
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I didn't particularly like Chapters 2-7. I need to be told only so many times that not screaming at my kids and focusing instead on myself is what I need to do. I did, however, get a lot out of the remaining chapters in the book, such as allowing natural consequences to be the child's punishment for poor choices (the Love & Logic concept), allowing children to have their space, keeping promises, and taking care of yourself first so you can bring your best self to your relationships. I agree that he didn't lay out step by step what actions to take to put the principles into practice, but I personally didn't find that necessary. Definitely a worthwhile listen.
Surprisingly it's NOT just about your children but about you ! I have just finished the book and can already see the results from putting some of the suggestions into practise. I have found reward in NOT following the aggressive approach my farther adopted on me as child. Thank you, this is priceless.
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The message is simple, but powerful. And truly effective when engaging your children by being "calm and connected." There are many valuable takeaways from this audiobook. I have so far listened to it twice, and I have changed my interactions with my kids. I recommend this book for any parent searching for ways to decrease drama and increase peace.
I liked how personable he sounded as he read his work. It was like listening to a friend talk and offer very valuable advice.
Patterns are just patterns ... and you can change the pattern. If you change it, then everyone else engaged in the pattern will have change, too.
Staying calm and focusing on myself has changed how I parent and has also given me a new overall perspective.
I have a background in education, and have also spent time reading and researching a number or parenting philosophies. The truth is, most of the successful and lasting parenting books teach many of the same principles. Scream Free Parenting keeps with many of the most best practices and drives home what I've said for years. It's about the parent, and how we must deal with ourselves. The presentation is good, easy to hear. Along with Covey, Leman, and the Love & Logic programs, this should be at the top any parents reading list.
I think a lot of self help books are reminders of things we may already know inheritantly. This is no exception. It gently reminds us of the ways we can better deal with our children and provides good insights into why this works. I will continue to listen to it until I can make all the author's suggestions habits because I can already see improvements.
I came away not understanding what his point was in writing this book. Nothing he said was new to me. It is all very commonsensical. That would be ok if he'd actually finished each chapter with some practical tools for parents. Here's the concept, now here's how to put it into practice with your own children. Lazy! Don't waste your money.
This is the first parenting book I've ever read, I thought it was well written, amusing and included some sensible tips.
This book won't change your world, however if you occasionally need reminding of some common sense tips it is worth listening to; as in the everyday struggle to do a good job we can sometimes forget some fairly basic things.
Good insights, funny and sensible stories. No promises, just plain reality. Shows a clear path to be a better parent.
And his voice is wonderful.
OK if you have a difficult kid of any age, a drama king or queen adolescent that is just slightly or totally out of control then this IS the book you need!!! It teaches some new concepts I will not lie but you will be surprised at just how well they work. On my honor if you use what is in this book you can and will become a stress free, scream free, totally relaxed and cooooooool parent!!!!! This makes parenting oh so easy and fun too!
This has given me hope! I especially love his ending on loving and taking care of your needs so you can be there for your children and family.
Great book! I'll be listening to it again to reabsorb the lessons.
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