This extraordinary guidebook offers a refreshing new approach to raising confident, healthy, whole human beings, from toddler to teen. Groundbreaking in both its scope and methodology, ParentShift challenges some of our most popular disciplinary tools — including punishments, threats, bribery, and rewards — all of which, science has shown, sabotage long-term goals we have for our kids. Child development experts Linda and Ty Hatfield, along with award-winning journalist and author Wendy Thomas Russell, dismantle the pervasive myths that have given rise to these tactics and provide more than a dozen “toolkits” designed to help parents solve virtually any household challenge while strengthening the parent-child relationship and protecting each child’s self-esteem. Parents learn to:
Set consistent limits and boundaries.
Curtail power struggles and sibling rivalry.
Move beyond timeouts, reward charts and other
Respond thoughtfully to outbursts and tantrums.
Prepare children to meet life’s challenges.
Ensure they become strong boundary-setters.
Help prevent alcohol abuse, addiction, early sex,
high-risk behavior and other disturbing trends among
Build open, trusting parent-child bonds that keep
kids turning to parents, instead of peers, for guidance.