Magazine article Work & Family Life

75 Simple Strategies for Raising Fantastic Kids

Magazine article Work & Family Life

75 Simple Strategies for Raising Fantastic Kids

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Becoming a parent means having to learn a whole new set of skills-and there's a ton of in-depth advice out there from experts in the field.

But who has the time for all that reading? Just looking at those myriad "must-read" book titles can add to a new parent's feelings of guilt (see our cover story).

Erica Reischer, PhD, a California clinical psychologist and parent educator, may have had this is mind when she wrote What Great Parents Do. It's a terrific, action-oriented guide that distills science-based parenting information into 75 bite-size strategies and quick implementation tips.

For example, Dr. Reischer says great parents start with empathy, great parents are not perfect and great parents don't label their kids (see Interchange on page 3). And in just a few pages-that you can read now or use as a reference later-she tells you how and why. Here are some more examples:

Great parents do what they say they're going to do. They don't make rules they can't or won't enforce, and they keep their commitments. …

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