Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Discipline Without Shouting or Spanking Book Review

Discipline without Shouting or Spanking: Practical Solutions to the Most Common Preschool Behavior Problems by Jerry L. Wyckoff and Barbara C. Unell  is a book that I reserved at the library and it just came in.  Super lucky that it was really short at under 150 pages so that I could get through it a little faster than my last book!

I went online to get the link to the book for sale at Amazon and the book is for sale for $9 but the Kindle version is currently free!!  Don't have a Kindle, don't worry!!  Send it to ipads, computers, or other devices so that you can read through all the great ideas.  Here is hoping that if your library doesn't have it that you have a backup plan through Amazon to read it for free and you have it for a reference for the coming months!!

The great part of this book is that it is laid out in a really logical manner.  If you want to find out what to do if your child won't eat, flip to the page about it and it gives you a list of ideas to prevent the problem, solve the problem and What Not to Do.  Then after all of the constructive advice, there is a story about a family and how they changed the way they dealt with the issue and how the child improved.  It is sort of Nanny 911 on paper.  Do you see yourself saying these things to you kids like if you don't eat, then you can't sit at the table or if you don't eat, then you can't get up from the table.  Neither solves the problem of the child not eating and there are constructive steps (similar to what we use) about talking about the day and then the child "accidentally" takes a bite of food.  Most of my son's food intact at dinner is more accidentally then intentional.  Of course, this doesn't help me on why my child won't eat fruits and veggies but there are still other chapters so I am holding out hope.

I think that the fast read nature of the book and the helpful hints make it a good choice for every parent to read.  I hope that it will cut down on the disagreements with my toddler because there is nothing more exhausting then trying to carry on a discussion that has broken down to no, yes, no, yes with a three year old!!!  I hope that you check the book at your local library or bookstore (or through the wonderful FREE Amazon Kindle version).  Let me know what you think!!

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