#76 Have a New Kid by Friday

Anyone who has dealt with a strong-willed child knows that it is no easy task to turn bad behavior around. But the popularity of TV programs like Supernanny and Nanny 911 shows that parents have had it up to here and are ready to try anything to get their children to behave. Bestselling author and psychologist Dr. Kevin Leman is here to help. Have a New Kid by Friday shows parents how to reverse negative behavior in their children–fast! With his signature wit and ncouragement, Dr. Leman offers hope and real, practical, doable strategies for regaining control and becoming the parents they always wanted to be. Focusing on changing a child’s attitude, behavior, and character, it contains chapters for each day of the week and a special section with advice on everything from rolling eyes to sibling rivalry to talking back to punching walls and much, much more. This large section of more than 100 specific topics is indexed, allowing parents to flip immediately
to any areas of concern for witty, straightforward, and gutsy plans of action.

Dr. Kevin Leman is an internationally known psychologist, humorist, and bestselling author of The Birth Order Book and Making Children Mind without Losing Yours. He is former consulting psychologist for Good Morning America and a frequent guest on The View, The Early Show, and Focus on the Family. He and his wife, Sande, live in Tucson, Arizona. They have five children and two grandchildren.

I like Dr. Leman’s books and this particular book provided many insights on parenting. Though my daughter is quite young to apply many things that I have read in this book (plus she’s a very good and obedient kid so I don’t have many issues at this point, knock on woods!), the book got me thinking about many topics such as allowance, driving, curfew, body piercing, obedience, spanking, etc., that I would eventually deal with. I didn’t agree with everything Dr. Leman said but they involve the matter of judgement calls and preference issues.

I don’t know about “changing a child’s attitude, behavior and character in 5 days” part (it will be indeed a miracle if you have a child with a behavioral issue) but overall, I thought it contains many wonderful advice.

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