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Summary

Most parenting books focus on changing a child's behaviour, but the truth is that children only change when their relationship with their parents changes.

In Calm Parents, Happy Kids, Dr Laura Markham introduces an approach to parenting that eliminates threats, power struggles and manipulation, in favour of setting limits with empathy and communication.

Bringing together the latest research in brain development with a focus on emotional awareness (for both parents and children), it will appeal to all parents who don’t want to force their children into compliance and lose their temper, but want to keep calm and help their children want to behave.

©2014 Laura Markham, PhD (P)2014 Tantor Audio, Random House Audiobooks

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brilliant

I've read plenty parenting books and websites and Dr laura Markham is the best. plus, having the examples of what to say read aloud was a world apart from reading them on the page. well worth the money for me, I listened to a few hours in one session using by earphones and cleaning the house and I've been a much much less irritable parent since that day

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  • Di
  • 05-06-15

Love this book. I listen to it over and over.

Would you listen to Calm Parents, Happy Kids again? Why?

Yes, I still do listen to it. Each time I remember a little bit more.

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The author uses a lot of examples of the things you should say. I think it really helps hearing the reader say them. It seems easier to recall them when I'm talking with my kids than if I had just read them.

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Indispensable!

I thinks this book should be given free to every parent when their child is born. Everything with practical advises for every day. So logical and yet the majority of parent never realise this simple facts. Love it, 100% recommended! I will buy the book to lend to every parent I know! Amazing!!!!

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All parents should read it!

Amazing book. All makes perfect sense and is already revolutionising my relationship with my child in the best possible way, bringing us closer and happier.

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  • A. Cao
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  • 25-05-18

Good ideas but a bit sanctimonious

I got some very good tips to try - I’ve implemented some nice changes to my parenting style which my kids have responded to positively.

But ultimately a lot of it seemed to just heap on the guilt for parenting in anyway other than being nice and gentle all the time.

Sometimes we yell, sometimes we use a naughty step and sometimes our kids need a firm consequence. It’s all ok if we balance it with love, acceptance and empathy.

There’s a lot of emphasis on “experts agree” and “studies show” but it’s easy to find validation for any argument these days. I found it a bit preachy at times even if it’s well intentioned.

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fantastic nariator. great listen. it really helps

fantastic nariator. great listen. it really helps. changed my thinking and so many good lessons. I even listen to the book with my children. the narrator is so calming helped my kids sleep.

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great guide to parenting

This is really positive guide and we'll worth listening to. It suggests different ways to deal with situations and does it in a way that helps you adopt to right mind set going forward. Great

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Very interesting and helpful book

I really have enjoyed and been inspired by this book. With a new understanding and approach I am looking forward to improving my parenting With more empathy for my children. A perfect guide I would recommend to any parent that might just need a bit of inspiration or help

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Parenting essential!!

I wish i had the chance to read this book before answered all my questions about my son's behaviour

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Lots of brilliant ways to positively parent

very helpful in addressing lots of different aspects of parenting, not just discipline. I found it a little tricky at first as the reading is quite fast and as it's not read by the author it isn't always put across that well but I am so glad I stuck with it as it has given me lots of invaluable pointers. loved it. Will be listening to this again.

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  • Dragonfly
  • 05-05-16

Wise words and fantastic narration

Wise words backed up by research and explanations of how to implement these great parenting skills.
Xe Sands Narration is utterly superb! She has a calming voice, whilst at the same time, enthusiastic. I will definitely look out for her in the future.
I know I will listen to this book again. It reminds me of the parent I am aspiring to be and brings me back on track when I am faltering.
I liked the book so much I will buy the print edition as well.

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  • parve
  • 25-02-15

Great Insight

I loved the action points. I intend to reread (re - listen) to this book until I have internalized the strategies. I also like the fact that they broke down some areas into age groups..easy to relate your current issue. I would have liked the author to include a bit more on teenage kids. Otherwise great book.