Happy Families: A Parents' Guide to the Non-Violent Resistance Approach

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Parenting a child with behavioral problems can be exhausting, and finding a way to familial harmony may at times seem like an impossible task. Where do you even begin? Is there a way to break patterns of destructive behavior? How can you avoid situations that have the potential to escalate out of control? "Happy Families" answers all of these questions and more, providing a step-by-step structured approach to behavior management that really works. Based on the concept of Non-Violent Resistance, it teaches parents how to avoid the use of aggressive responses such as hitting, cursing, blaming, threatening or humiliating the child, and focuses instead on minimizing and preventing the escalation of bad behavior, ensuring that parental integrity is retained throughout. Each chapter deals with a different stage of the process, from conveying a clear statement of intent that the situation has to change, to recruiting the help and support of family and friends. Morale-boosting tips encourage flagging parents to persevere with the approach, and the book concludes with a detailed case study, demonstrating the significant results that can be achieved. This book has been designed specifically for parents and caregivers, and is a must for anyone who wishes to contain, counter and positively re-direct the aggression they face from children in distress, bringing about deep-felt and lasting change.

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This short, easy to read book provides a basic step by step guide to the principles and strategies fo this approach, empowering parents to help them feel more in control and effective...Overall, this concise guide may be the perfect solution for families looking for an alternative way to address their child's behaviour. Author: Youth in Mind

If things were different from how they are, what would I have done? Then, this book might help. How? Firstly because it is brief. If you're in trouble you certainly don't have the leisure time to read some weighty tome. No. You want something that's easy to read, lays out the facts, provides a straightforward approach and a plan of action. Interestingly, to me at least, is the reference to shouting, that basically this is an ineffective technique when it comes to parenting. It's quite a common reference in parenting books and it always amuses me when I read it. 'The authors accept that this approach is not a quick fix. It is a lot more difficult than simply losing your temper and yelling, but it is also much more affective; with patience and determination parental authority can be restored, and with it the harmony of home and family life. Author: Autisable

Happy Families... proposes a "non-violent resistance" approach that avoids escalation while making it quite clear that silence does not equal acceptance. Through techniques like sit-down strikes and calling everyone in your child's social circle, the approach allows parents to confront dangerous behavior without turning up the emotional volume or allowing the child to be in control. This process that requires a lot of patience, perseverance, and daring from parents who may be feeling embattled and overwhelmed themselves, but this slim guidebook does a good job in presenting the steps in a simple and straightforward way. You can read it quickly and start to think about how you'd put it into action. Author: Terri Mauro - About.com

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Dr. Carmelite Avraham-Krehwinkel is an affiliate researcher at the Nordoff Robbins Centre in Witten, Germany. She has many years of experience in child, adolescent and family psychotherapy, and specialises in working with children with behavioural problems. David Aldridge is co-director of the Nordoff Robbins Centre in Witten, Germany. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.

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