Don't Be Afraid to Discipline

Ruth Peters, Author
Ruth Peters, Author Golden Books $19 (216p) ISBN 978-0-307-44001-3
Reviewed on: 09/01/1997
Release date: 09/01/1997
Paperback - 205 pages - 978-1-58238-025-4
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Peters, a child psychologist in Florida and author of Who's in Charge? (1990), presents a level-headed, no-nonsense approach to disciplining kids ages seven to 16. Her method of behavior management works, she claims, in part because it offers fair limits and clear consequences. The foundations for discipline can be established at an early age with the structure of regular naps, feedings and bedtimes, Peters suggests, adding that older children continue to need predictable rules and guidelines. In a personable, lucid style, the author explains her behavior management system, which involves establishing guidelines for children to follow and a list of age-appropriate rewards and consequences (i.e., getting a time-out or not being allowed to use ""electricity""--the TV, electronic games, or the telephone). Parents who are willing to stick with the program, Peters claims, will find that children's behavior improves within days. While some readers may be turned off by the emphasis on obedience, the use of such tools as timers and poker-chip counters, and the laudatory testimonials from Peters's clients interspersed throughout the text, others may find fruitful advice from this straightforward approach to restoring order. (Oct.)
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