Magazine article Work & Family Life

Gentle Ways to Encourage Good Behavior

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Gentle Ways to Encourage Good Behavior

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Gentle ways to encourage good behavior

If you love your child and your intentions are good, parenting will come naturally to you .... You are totally responsible for your child's behavior and actions.

Because many parents believe myths likes these, they often feel confused, frustrated and inadequate, says author Elizabeth Pantley in her important new book, The No-Cry Discipline Solution.

In a chapter called Banish the Myths, she writes, "It is true that parents' actions can greatly influence behavior. [But] children are not a blank slate upon which we can write whatever we choose, nor are they pieces of clay we can mold into any shape we desire."

Parents do matter a great deal, however. "How you raise your children will make an important impact on the adult your child becomes," Pantley says.

This book is filled with helpful tips on a range of parenting issues. The author offers specific solutions for routine hassles (car travel, hitting, manners, bath time, sleep), but she advises parents to modify these techniques based on a child's needs and temperament. …

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