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Drawing the Line    by Michael J. Weiss, Sheldon H. Wagner & Susan Goldberg order for
Drawing the Line
by Michael J. Weiss
Order:  USA  Can
Warner, 2006 (2006)

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* * *   Reviewed by Melissa Parcel

If you are a parent, you know how difficult it is to draw the line with your children, and you also know how essential it is to developing well-adjusted, productive citizens. It's a matter of boundaries, getting children to respect them as well as wanting to follow the rules. The authors have developed a system for helping parents deal with kids' behavior. Drawing the Line details timing; how, when, and how much to talk to kids who are acting up; where parents should position themselves; rewards and penalties; response with warmth, control, and how to avoid a permissive style of parenting.

The book goes into incredible detail, using examples and worksheets, to walk parents through steps aimed at creating good behavior in their children. I personally devoured this book and then went back and put the ten steps into practice for my own young children. They are different than in most discipline plans - here parents learn when to reward, penalize, and ignore certain behaviors using different techniques.

This book does not describe a quick fix for all of your child-rearing problems, although it does give helpful, constructive advice for every imaginable negative behavior. The system requires consistency and determination on the part of parents, but it doesn't take long to see real results from your children. Drawing the Line is an incredible book that is filled with valuable information. If you are looking for something to help with family discipline, run to your nearest bookstore and pick it up. You will be glad you did.

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