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The Soul of Discipline

The Simplicity Parenting Approach to Warm, Firm, and Calm Guidance - from Toddlers to Teens
Narrated by: Mel Foster
Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
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Publisher's Summary

From the author of Simplicity Parenting comes an elegantly simple and inspiring plan to help parents set limits, correct behavior, and influence a child's decision-making by playing three specific roles: the Governor, of younger kids; the Gardener, who watches, listens, and decides on the right course of action for school-age children; and the Guide, who collaborates with increasingly mature teenagers.

©2015 Kim John Payne (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Transformational

Every parent ought to read this book, and then read it again and again so as to let it transform the whole family for the better. Heck, the whole world.

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Such a helpful book for raising children all ages

I wish I had read this sooner. definitely helped me parent. children are happier now and listen better and I know when to be a governed, gardener or guide.

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Painfully slow and far too broad

This was the second audiobook I purchased when looking for help disciplining my 3-year old. The first, 1-2-3 Magic was returned almost immediately. The whole "system" sounded like a sales pitch. The Soul of Discipline started much better - the first couple of chapters had me excited that I might have found something that I could use. Almost 3 hours later I found myself utterly disappointed.

It's obvious now, but at the time I didn't think a book written for children of all ages would be a problem. In fact, I thought the opposite. It would be advice for now and advice for the future. The problem with this format is that you're listening to advice for solving 3 separate problems when you only need help with one. So a chapter begins with help that is topical for somebody with a child my age. The next 20 minutes discusses a similar problem and how you would deal with that for a "tween" or a teenager. This format may work in print where one can easily skip ahead, but is horrible for audio.

The book has such good reviews. I'm afraid I'm not one of the believers. Time for me to look elsewhere.