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Good parenting isn't instinctive, it is something we learn by trial and error. But a little guidance on what to expect from young children goes a long way to helping you to be confident and effective. Michael Grose identifies the behavioural and developmental issues that most often cause concern and shows you how to work through them by: - Understanding your child's behaviour and individuality - Teaching your child social and physical skills - Giving your child the freedom to learn from mistakes - Encouraging your child's sense of responsibility and self-discipline - Involving your child in family decision-making and conflict resolution - Communicating positively and acknowledging achievements - Establishing routines - and getting your kids to stick to them. A parenting expert and father of three, Michael Grose provides helpful and practical advice on all sorts of specific problems, from bed-wetting to fussy eaters, from swearing and tantrums to making friends, all laid out alphabetically for easy reference. He outlines the various stages and ages at which these problems are likely to occur and shows you how to keep your cool by staying one step ahead! Finally, he includes a section on bullying and a chapter on puberty and beyond.
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Introduction The Principles of Democratic Parenting Democratic parenting Understanding children's behaviour Developinng responsibility in children Teaching and training Encouraging children Managing behaviour through self-discipline Resolving conflicts Decision making in families Communicating effectively with children The importance of routine A-Z Strategies for Promoting Independence and Dealing with Problem Behaviour Argumentative children Attention-seeking Bedtime Bullying Caring for property Changing children's behaviour Chores Competition between siblings Coping with change Dawdlers and procrastinators Dressing Eating and mealtimes Fears Fighting among siblings Forgetfulness Friends Getting up and getting going Homework Interruptions Lies, untruths and fibs Nagging Night visitors Personal hygiene Pocket money Power-hungry children Public places Sharing Shopping Shyness and showing off Swearing Tantrums Television viewing Telling tales Tidiness Whining Puberty and Beyond Resources

About the Author

Michael Grose has worked with children all his professional life. A former primary teacher, he is now a writer, columnist and speaker specialising in parenting and educational matters. He is the father of three children.

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