Academic journal article Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

Preventive Parenting with Love, Encouragement, and Limits: The Preschool Years

Academic journal article Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

Preventive Parenting with Love, Encouragement, and Limits: The Preschool Years

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Dishion, T. J., & Patterson, S. G. (1996). Preventive parenting with love, encouragement, and limits: The preschool years. Eugene, OR: Castalia Publishing, 126 pp., $10.95.

The authors present a practical, easy-to-read guide to raising toddlers and preschoolage children, drawing from the work of the Oregon Social Learning Center and renowned child behavior and family researcher Dr. Gerald Patterson, who is the father of the second author. Eight short chapters follow the general format of a scene of parent-child interaction, followed by key concepts and skills illustrated through numerous examples. At the conclusion of each chapter readers are encouraged to practice the skills, using basic (10-15 minutes) or advanced (45-60 minutes) activities. The use of acronyms, cartoons, and humor enhance the text.

Family systems proponents will appreciate the idea of reciprocal learning in the parentchild relationship, the use of reframing, the influence of family-of-origin experiences on one's parenting, and the importance of strengthening the couple relationship through activities such as "love days." Unlike some parenting books that overemphasize the management of negative behavior, this books offers a fine balance of the promotion of positive interaction, prevention of negative or coercive interaction, and management of negative behavior through consequences, time-out, and age-appropriate use of stickers and behavioral charts. …

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