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Parenting is not about kids; it's about parents. If you're not in control, then you cannot be in charge. What every kid really needs are parents who are able to keep their cool no matter what. Easier said than done? Not anymore, thanks to ScreamFree Parenting, the principle-based approach that's inspiring parents everywhere to truly revolutionize their family dynamics. Moving beyond the child-centered, technique-based approaches that ultimately fail, the ScreamFree way compels you to focus on yourself, calm yourself down, and grow yourself up.

For those of you 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.

©2007 ScreamFree Omnimedia, LLC (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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Revolutionary change

Best parenting book! Changed my life and my family's life. Practice makes permanent is my new motto.

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Calmed Me Down!

What did you love best about ScreamFree Parenting?

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.

Which character – as performed by Hal Edward Runkel – was your favorite?

I liked how personable he sounded as he read his work. It was like listening to a friend talk and offer very valuable advice.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

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.

Any additional comments?

Staying calm and focusing on myself has changed how I parent and has also given me a new overall perspective.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Very Good Book, Based on Timeless Principles

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.


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Good Reminder

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.

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Much needed!

This book was extremely helpful in leading me to understand ways I can change my reactions not only in my family but in life as a whole. It all begins with me. Already seeing much needed changes in our family environment! A great book to listen to in the car!

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Not much in the way of how to be scream free

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If the author had actually provided the ready with more resources and tools for becoming scream free. There was almost no content on how to. Also, many of these parenting books have a religious angle and this is no exception. I really wish they would mention that in the description. Recommending that I call my pastor (when I am an atheist) to talk through a difficult time with my teenager, isn't exactly useful.

Would you ever listen to anything by Hal Edward Runkel again?

No.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Hal Edward Runkel?

It wasn't the narrator, it was the content.

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Dreadful reader

While this book had some great insight I forced my self to finish listening to it. The author read in a monotonous tone, making the stories painstakingly boring.

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so boring

there were so many of his stories or his clients stories and how one can relate , that I found myself daydreaming. if there were any instructions on how to be scream free, i can't tell you what they are b/c I was in Lala land. so boring that I refuse to listen to it again or I will be SCREAMING !!!!!

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Eh?

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.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Fabiola
  • Itu Sao PauloBrazil
  • 07-10-08

Very good and simple.

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.
I recommend.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful