Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline: The Seven Basic Skills for Turning Conflict Into Cooperation

Becky A. Bailey, Author, Rebecca Anne Bailey, Author William Morrow & Company $23 (285p) ISBN 978-0-688-16116-3
A developmental psychology specialist and early childhood education expert, Bailey contends that the difficult but rewarding task of guiding children's behavior starts only when parents are able to discipline themselves and become models of self-control. By following the author's ""7 Powers for Self-Control"" (attention, love, acceptance, perception, intention, free will and unity), the parent will then be equipped to use the ""7 Basic Discipline Skills"" (including choices, encouragement and consequences). Bailey dismisses the familiar fear-inspired approach to discipline many grew up with (including threats and punishment), claiming that it inevitably leads children to make biologically driven choices and may even effect the brain due to the high levels of stress hormones released. Also rejecting the permissive parenting style now popular that favors ""reasoning"" (which, according to the author, imbues children with a victim mentality), Bailey instead promotes instilling an awareness of misbehavior through communication. Though some may be put off by the gimmicky overuse of slogans and buzz words, Bailey's underlying message is positive and hopeful, supported with humorous anecdotes and helpful solutions to even chronic discipline problems. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 01/31/2000
Release date: 02/01/2000
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