December 27, 2012

Parenting Help: Taming Aggression in Your Child

This is another one of those product reviews that makes you wonder why it appears on Really Natural. We are sent products, and I faithfully review them. Even if the topic is not natural living per se, products can have eco-friendly qualities. When reviewing a book that has nothing to do with the green life, I look for recycled material, FSC-certified paper, etc.

Taming Aggression in Your Child: How to Avoid Raising Bullies, Delinquents, or Trouble-Makers by Henri Parens offers sound reasoning for parents:

Taming Aggression in Your Child: How to Avoid Raising Bullies, Delinquents, or Trouble-Makers is a guide to preventing children from developing aggressive behaviors from birth through adolescence. Hostile destructive kids become hostile destructive adults and often create serious problems for society, and Dr. Henri Parens argues that effective parenting can help prevent aggressive behaviors like bullying, delinquency, and even criminal behavior from developing.

Parens explains to caregivers and educators what causes aggression to develop in children and how it affects them as they grow, differentiates between compliance (the goal of effective parenting) and obedience (an often mis-used term, signifying an unquestioning yielding to authority), and explains how to achieve compliance in children through effective limit-setting, discipline, and punishment. He also demonstrates how to help children learn to express hostility in acceptable ways, how to handle temper tantrums in growth-promoting ways, and how to optimize the parent-child relationship in order to minimize the development of aggression in children.

Offering concrete strategies for dealing with aggression, Taming Aggression in Your Child is a must read for all parents, whether you are frustrated by your toddler's temper tantrums or worry that your older child is bullying siblings or classmates.

Although I would not classify my child has aggressive, there are some strong-willed behaviors I think I could positively affect from advice in this book. Two things that struck me about aggression written by the author:

  • It's shaped by our experiences.

  • It's all about how you can optimize your child's aggression profile.

Actually, I think adults can learn a lot from this book too about controlling their anger emotions.

I couldn't find any information about the eco-friendly qualities of the actual book.

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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Posted by Jennifer Lance at December 27, 2012 11:08 AM

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