Parenting Young Children with Love, Encouragement, and Limits

Parenting Young Children with Love, Encouragement, and Limits
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For parents of children ages 2-6. It takes careful planning to guide the development of toddlers and preschool children. This easy-to-read, research-based manual provides a blueprint for helping young children realize their potential for loving, learning, playing, and working. The authors show how to use encouragement, set limits, encourage friendships, settle conflicts between children without taking over, build family relationships, participate in child-directed play, and much more. Home practice activities are included to help parents apply key concepts in their daily family lives. The ideal resource for new parents wanting to start off right or for parents who are having difficulty managing their young children. Highly recommended for parenting groups and workshops.

Book Reviews

"This book should have been written years ago. We have always needed a description of how to cope with toddlers and preschoolers. The authors build this book upon a solid base of two decades of empirical studies of families plus their own experience as parents."

—Gerald R. Patterson, Ph.D., internationally recognized child clinical psychologist, and author of Living with Children and Families.

"In summary, I just loved this book. The authors have done a wonderful job of presenting the fundamentals of effective parenting of preschool children in a clear, engaging, and often humorous manner. This is one book that clinicians can recommend to all parents with preschool children."

—Dr. Nirbhay N. Singh, Journal of Child and Family Studies

Table of Contents

Introduction: Exploring Your Role as a Parent

  • Your Child's First Six Years
  • Preventive Parenting
  • Common Obstacles to Effective Parenting
  • Examining Your Approach
  • Keeping a Positive Outlook
  • Managing Negative Emotions
  1. Focusing on Key Events
    • Family Learning Is a Two-Way Street
    • Parents Are Teachers
    • Paying Attention to Details
  2. Teaching Cooperation
    • Using Requests Effectively
    • Planning for Success
    • The Five Essential Rules for Making Requests
  3. Supporting Children's Positive Behavior
    • Giving Children Incentives
    • The "PIE" Recipe for Incentives
    • Improving Daily Routines
    • Issues in Using Incentives
  4. Using Stickers and Star Charts
    • Stickers for Toddlers
    • Sticker Charts for Three- and Four-Year-Olds
    • Star Charts for Four- and Five-Year-Olds
    • The Good Behavior Game
  5. Setting Limits on Misbehavior
    • Children Need Clear Limits
    • Four Steps for Setting Limits
    • Shifting Gears to Appropriate Behavior
    • Allowing Natural Consequences
    • Choosing Corrective Consequences
    • The Importance of Consistent Limits
  6. Using Consequences and Time Out
    • Keeping Consequences "SANE"
    • Telling Your Children about Time Out
    • Preparing the Time-Out Place
    • Troubleshooting Tips
    • Time Out for Teddy
    • Setting Limits in Public Places
  7. Coaching Children's Friendships
    • Essential Social Skills: Initiating, Sharing, Cooperation, and Conflict Resolution
    • Parents as Conflict-Resolution Coaches
    • Using "CPR" to Resolve Problems with Peers
  8. Building Family Relationships
    • The "Feeling Good" Savings Account
    • Making the Most of Shared Activities
    • The Parents Role in Child-Directed Play
    • Story Time
    • Shared Routine Activities