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I purchased and read the above book based on a recommendation from my mother-in-law.  She suggested it as a great book to read and tell my readers about.  Several years ago she taught parenting classes and used this book as part of her program so I thought it was worth a read.  I purchased the book before getting pregnant, but didn’t start reading it until after I found out.  I guess I had extra motivation given that I would be parenting a young child in the near future.

The book discusses a parenting style and approach called Systematic Training for Effective Parenting of Children Under Six.  It was developed and written by Don, James and Don Jr Dinkmeyer and Joyce and Gary McKay.  The newest edition was published as a whole back in 1997, but some of the sections date back to the 80s.  Although it isn’t new material it is still very relevant today.

One of the things I enjoyed most about this approach to parenting is how much of an impact this approach can have on your child throughout their whole lives.  It teaches parents how to raise their children with respect, understanding, and consistency.  The book discusses and teaches parents how to understand their young children and where their behaviors are coming from, what they mean, how best to handle them, and how to use your actions to help your children learn and grow.  The goal of the book and this approach to parenting is to have a respectful, well adjusted child who understands that there are consequences to their actions, that others have feelings that need to be acknowledged and respected, and that they know what it takes to deal well with the many situations they encounter in their daily lives.

I would highly recommend this book to all parents.  The book includes some great examples so you can see the approach in practice or how you can get a better outcome by dealing with a behavior differently.  If you have young children this is definitely worth a read.  You can click on the photo above and it will link you to Amazon where you can read customer reviews and purchase the book.

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