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The Encouraging Parent
by Rodney Wallace Kennedy, Ph.D.

The Encouraging Parent, by Rodney Wallace Kennedy, Ph.D. opens up with The Parent Test, a non-threatening sliding scale of different questions to assess yourself and know what areas of parenting you want to refine as you delve into this helpful book of raising your children with confidence.

The title blurb, How to Stop Yelling at Your Kids and Start Teaching Them Confidence, Self-discipline and Joy is an eye catching phrase that all parents wish to achieve. Will this book eliminate frustrating fights with your children? No, but it is an intelligent read from beginning to end, helping the reader gain awareness of encouragement, interaction and discipline.

The Encouraging Parent eliminates generalizations on parenting and families. There is no traditional family, Dr. Kennedy states, and there is not one acceptable way to raise children.

The book follows a comfortable tone of non-criticism on the parents, communities and peers. You do not have to change overnight or cook a five course meal for dinner every night to achieve your goals. This is a modern outlook on raising children with game plans mapped out that even fathers will enjoy participating in. The Encouraging Parent is broken up into key progressions, starting with the parent's confidence and ending with the child's.

Discipline and self discipline are highlight issues of this book. It's refreshing to find tips on how to communicate while angry, effectively. Dr. Kennedy states that one of the keys to discipline is to prevent discipline. Think like your child and not like their parent. Instead of timeouts, put your little leaguer in the penalty box. Don't lose your sense of wonder and imagination and you will bring yourself closer to your child in the process.

Many concepts in this book are not new to the well versed parent. The advice is good albeit a little ordinary, however there are many helpful parenting lessons that can be adapted to any circumstance in any family. Gone are the days where we bake cookies and discuss what's troubling us. This is fast help, fast tips for the fast paced world we live in.

To Purchase:
   • The Encouraging Parent at Amazon.com
   • The Encouraging Parent at Amazon UK
   • The Encouraging Parent at Amazon Canada

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