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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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Can this book truly and dramatically help your relationship with your children, spouse, parents, etc...In my opinion, yes.

My parenting challenge is not difficult or extreme. I never really thought that I had to improve my parenting style or approach a great deal. But I did have a progressively difficult time with my 8 year old in the last 6 month. So I got this book with a credit. And I have noticed a difference within a week with my child....and my spouse, and myself.

If you think you could use parenting relationship advice, listen to this book. If you don't think you need to read this book, then you definitely need to...

It is applicable to any parent with children of any age. Make sure you read past the first two chapters. From there, you will be hooked.

30 of 31 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark
  • Manalapan, NJ, USA
  • 09-12-07

Eye opening

My children are now in their teens and this audiobook opened my eyes on how to communicate with them.

Every issue I am currently going through with my 15yr old daughter was discussed. The book makes so much sense, but I would never have known how to resolve the conflicts between me and my daughter without listening to this book.

42 of 44 people found this review helpful

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Best of three

I just finished listening to three books on parenting; Six-Point Plan for Raising Happy, Healthy Children; Wonderful Ways to Love a Child; and this book, ScreamFree Parenting. Of the three, I found this one to be the best. It was presented in a logical manner, and the author does a good job at providing evidence for his arguments.

While I would have liked a bit more rigor in his arguments backed by scientific studies, I understand his intent wasn't a scientific article but a book for a more general audience. Still, I enjoyed the fact that he made an attempt at providing more evidence for his thoughts just than gut instinct and common sense, (which was all the other two books offered.)

I find the topic of parenting to be a difficult one to research as most is opinion. However, this text did a good job at trying to balance thoughts with evidence and the result is a good book on parenting.

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This easy to listen to, hit-you-between-the-eyes-with-the-truth version of how not and why not to react the way we parents pretty much all do is really something special. It'll make you cringe, then it will make you reframe what you do, and reframe how you view interactions that you witness. The best part of all is that once you listen to this a time or two, you automatically change the way you respond to your children.
I doubt if this will make me a perfect parent, but it has already made me a better one.
I thank this author, and so do my sons.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Screaming at Your Kids is a Waste of Time

I just finished the"Screamfree Parenting and I want to recommend it to all parents. It kind of reminded me of a “Solo Partner” for parents where it teaches you to not focus so much on your children and instead on yourself and your actions. I picked this up when I found myself resorting back to yelling if the kids were listening or were just being plain rotten. I had kicked the habit of doing that, and I didn’t want to pick it up again. Checking out my Amazon recommendations, I decided to buy this book via Audible.
The author had a great speaking voice that made me focus on what he was saying. He discusses consistency, labels, and non-reaction when dealing with children. For the past week, since I started reading the book, I have been doing this with my children and it has worked wonders. They are listening now, I am more consistent, and the level of noise in the house has quickly diminished.
One thing that I liked is that he didn’t pretend that one method of disciplining is better than the other. For instance, many parents are divided on the subject of spanking. The author just said that if are not going to follow through with the spankings, then don’t do it and ask yourself why you believe you have to. If you can spank, then do it.
I can’t be much help on his writing style or book format because I did this via Audible, but from his reading, I can tell that it was well written.
Definitely a must-have in a parents’ collection of parenting books. If you are unable to read the print version, I recommend the Ebook.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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A must read

Excellent narration and information for parents, and anyone who has contact with children. This book should be issued to every new parent. Teaching the author's theory should be incorporated in every parenting class. Regardless of the child's age, this knowledge reaches across all ages. This book helped me grow as a parent more than any other. I think it is even better than Parenting with Love and Logic. I highly recommend it to any parent, especially those at wit's end over raising those precious little crumb crushers.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • Crystal
  • Brooklyn, NY, USA
  • 11-30-07


This audiobook is phenomenal! I was admittedly surprised by the effectiveness of the techniques the author shares in this audiobook. I only listened to 20 minutes of the audiobook the day I began to apply the principles the author discusses. What he shares in this audiobook turned my power struggle with my 5-year-old son into a very connected, communicable, and peaceful experience. This is a life-changing audiobook. I strongly encourage ALL parents to listen to this book. The author's insightful advice can improve damaged relationships between parents and children --no matter the age-- upon actively applying the principles he shares.

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  • Diane
  • Kensington, CA, USA
  • 11-04-07

Practical Sensible Advice

I started listening to this audiobook minutes after downloading it to my iPod. Unlike other audio material from which I've been easily distracted, I listened straight through every time I had a chance and finished listening within days.

The author has a pleasant reassuring tone of voice and his techniques are well-supported and -illustrated with realistic examples.

I appreciated the way the themes were reinforced throughout the book in ways that were neither redundant or boring. I also enjoyed the analogies, such as putting on your own oxygen mask first (i.e., taking care of yourself), in order to be an effective parent.

There was a lot of useful material packed into a short book. For me, these ideas came along at a good time and I started putting them into practice immediately.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Lorenzo
  • 11-08-07

Great Book!!

As a father of two boys 6 and 4, I can tell you this book has very practical advice for parents of children of all ages from kids to teenagers.
It's one of the best books about parentig I've read and I can tell you the concepts work and are esay to apply.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Eugene
  • PretoriaSouth Africa
  • 12-03-07

Rewarding Indeed

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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  • Cristina
  • 09-19-16

I don't know about others, but it helped me

Would you consider the audio edition of ScreamFree Parenting to be better than the print version?

I don't know. I don't have the print version.

What did you like best about this story?

It taught me how to handle my own feelings and react better to my kids needs.

Have you listened to any of Hal Edward Runkel’s other performances? How does this one compare?


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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Before "reading" this book, I used to search the internet to see if there are any other parents who hate being parents. Now I love it, honestly! My relationship with my kids changed soooooo much I can't even describe it! No idea if this book will help other people, but did the job for me! Thank you!

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  • Margaret Isherwood
  • 06-03-16

Better late than never,you can teach an old dog new tricks

I loved this book from beginning to end ,Mr Runkle made allot of sense,I look after my youngest Granddaughter because her mummy works I love this stile of parenting I wish all this was around 30 years ago when my girls were teenagers there would have been less screaming and shouting

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  • joe
  • 09-18-13


Where does ScreamFree Parenting rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Extremely helpful. Highly recommended if you ever struggle with how to bring up children or grandchildren.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful