Boys Town Press

Common Sense Parenting®

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3rd Edition
by Ray Burke, Ph.D., Ron Herron, and Bridget Barnes
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Proven effective parenting strategies that help parents reduce and correct misbehavior, use consequences and praise, and teach social skills, problem-solving, decision-making, and self-control to children 6 to 16 years old.

Item Number: 39-018


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Common Sense Parenting®

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Using Your Head as Well as Your Heart to Raise School-Age Children

Here's a great guidebook for parents of children ages 6 to 16 facing a myriad of family challenges: a teen who's defiant; siblings who constantly bicker; a child having trouble in school; or parents and kids who occupy the same house but don't communicate or have fun together anymore. Common Sense Parenting® provides parents with a menu of proven techniques that will aid them in building good family relationships, preventing and correcting misbehavior, using consequences to improve behavior, teaching self-control, and staying calm.

The book shows parents how to approach discipline as positive teaching rather than punishment of their children. Encouraging children by recognizing their good behavior and teaching before problems occur are as important as correcting children's negative behavior. Parents also learn how to help children solve problems, reach goals by using charts and contracts, and practice new social skills. As each new parenting technique is introduced, the authors explain each step, provide many clear examples, and give parents an action plan for implementing it in their home.

This 3rd edition answers parents' commonly asked questions and offers new behavior charts and more helpful information than ever. Newest chapters include those offering advice on setting reasonable expectations for children, creating predictable family routines that help children feel secure as well as improve their behavior, and putting together a parenting plan using all of the techniques explained in the book.

"Great for quick reference issues, the book is a real no-nonsense tome, offering pearls of wisdom to help you overcome those times when you need a little help."
~The National Parenting Center

"In this back-to-basics guide, three professional trainers from Boys Town return with timeless techniques that balance logic with unconditional love."
~Kim Kovelle (Detroit, MI) from MetroParent Magazine

"I am glad to have a resource available for parents that may prevent many problems for children in the future and we are proud, as a practice that we are dealing with problems at the point of access (primary care) for many people."
~Tiesha D. Johnson, MS, NPP, RN
Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry

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3rd Edition
Published by Boys Town Press
Dimensions: 6 x 9
Pages: 289
ISBN-10: 1-889322-70-9
ISBN-13: 978-1-889322-70-4

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