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Many family fights, communication break downs, relationship disconnections, and overall stress and frustration can be solved if parents and children learn the principles and skills of self-government. This second edition of Parenting: A House United is the improved version of Nicholeen’s original basic guide for establishing a united self-governing family. 

Learn the communication skills needed to teach children to govern themselves. With the proper family environment and understanding of childhood behaviors, homes can become happier. Even if families simply implement some of Nicholeen’s tested parenting principles their family unity will improve. Nicholeen’s candid story telling style and experience with tough teens and strong willed toddlers makes the book usable and a joy to listen to. Listen to more at https://teachingselfgovernment.com.

©2020 Nicholeen Peck (P)2021 Nicholeen Peck

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Best parenting/family culture book ever!

I’m so thankful for Nicholeen’s love, experience and passion for families. I am incredibly grateful that I found her and her material in my early years of parenting and marriage. Thank you, thank you!

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Excellent support for families

The Peck family have poured their hearts and souls into their mission of teaching families self government. I first read the book a few years ago after several recommendations from other families. We immediately started evacuating some of the principles, but I felt overwhelmed with all of the steps. In listening to the audio this time around, I realized the principles I had mastered had built a beautiful foundation for us to review and implement all that I hadn’t been able too do the first time around. It has completely flowed despite the addition of children and new life challenges. Start where you’re at, use that which feels natural and continue to add in more principles and your family and your personal life will be blessed with great abundance. It works! Greater peace and self government is just around the corner my friend.

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1st edition vs. 2nd edition

I prefer to follow along reading while listening. I bought this paper back book from thrift books only to find the audible version is COMPLETELY different. There is no chance of following along in my scenario. Obviously 2nd edition has a great many more insights, explanations, references to upcoming chapters, and more plugs to buy her other Roles book...

While I know there is a wealth of information in the 1st edition, it's difficult to use the 2nd edition audible along with my actual book I can't dog ear a page, can't highlight certain useful and applicable texts, and easily refer back to where I think the helpful portions are. My actual book doesn't have the example forms for meetings, etc

Overall I feel just as frustrated and lost as before I even bought either of her teachings.

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In My Opinion It Could Have Been An Email

I could have done without the first 16 chapters. It also only mentions parenting a kid with ADHD one time so a lot of these tactics aren’t going to work on nuerodivergent kids. What’s the saying in corporate America why did we have a meeting? This could have been an email. There are some good tips near the 3rd to last chapter but who has time for all of the meetings and conferences she recommends families have? She recommends parent conferences weekly. I’m lucky if my husband and I get 2 minutes between dinner and bath time, it’s just really not practical. There is also a lot of plugging throughout the book for her workbooks and conferences l, if I’ve got 3 days I’m not spending it at a conference I’m going on vacation. I don’t want to say it wasn’t informative but it certainly didn’t need to be as long as it was. I had to buy the audiobook cause I could hardly get through the hard copy. I didn’t want to give up on the book and not give it an honest review but for as much actual knowledge she bestows upon her easer it could have literally been an email.

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Sincere, Relevant & the road less traveled

Although I have not fully implemented the Self Government program as described by Nicholeen Peck I have completed this audiobook and would recommend it to any family. She keeps it fun and entertaining through analogy, personal experience and sincere passion. This program is not merely a behavioral correctional plan but teaches parents how to lead by example and master their emotions. It has provided me hope and a framework to becoming the parent I have always desired to be. I can attest that the parts I have began to implement have already improved the feeling of peace in our home and helped to bring calmness in our very busy lives. Our children are quickly learning the 4 basic skills and keep me in line when I do not follow them.

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Struggling parents must read!

I truly enjoyed this book. It was very well thought out and covered so many topics I didn’t think of. I listened to this book in preparation of the Parenting University course available at the Teaching Self Government website. I stumbled upon Nicholeen Peck’s videos when researching how to handle my strong willed child. I’m so glad I did. I feel these methods will help restore our family’s roles in our home.

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Step Dad of two!

I’m a recent step parent, however I never classify myself as a “step” parent. I love my children I got to choose them and they chose me back. This book I have shared with my wife and we are eager to start putting in the practice and principles of the book.

I created talk tracks and papers of “Sodas” the 4 steps and corrective / intensive training.

My wife and I are going to implement these ASAP with prepping and practice with the children.

My children are 5 & 6

We are hoping with dedication and commitment our kids will learn to become self governed.

I highly recommend this book! The book is concise and very easy to understand.

We just purchased the kids book package also!

Cheers ^_^
- Charlie

Ps. We will leave another review or update once we start implementing and seeing progress

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Very helpful advice and information!

I am so grateful I found Nicholeen Peck and I have been practicing her teachings, it has made a huge difference in my family, listening to this audio book helps me and explains everything in full detail, this is important for my children at the ages they are for me to become better at teaching them and talking to them, thank you for the guidance to help me strengthen my family!

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Love love love this book!

I own the hard copy of this book and am grateful for an audible version to listen to while I work. This has changed the way I parent and how I communicate in all my relationships for the better. It has changed my life. My kids take my words to heart and we understand each other better. The recording is well done and easy to listen to, though I liked to listen at 1.25 speed.