A few years ago, I had the honor of meeting Dr. Deborah Giboa at a conference. I was immediately drawn in by her friendly, down-to-earth personality, so it was no surprise that I ended up loving her books and her website, Ask Doctor G. When Deborah asked if I would be open to reading and reviewing her latest book about parenting, I jumped at the chance, especially when I heard the title: Get the Behavior You Want… Without Being the Parent You Hate: Dr. G’s Guide to Effective Parenting.
This title really resonated with me because I’ve had days where I feel like all I’ve done is threaten and yell at my kids. Sometimes this is effective, but many times it’s not. How do I get the desired behavior from my children, while at the same time teaching them persona responsibility and compassion for others? It sounds hard, but Dr. G makes it easy.
Why do I love this book? Here are just a few reasons:
- The book is broken down into four manageable sections dealing with respect, responsibility, resilience, and making changes.
- Chapter titles like, “Spoiler Alert: What You Do Is More Important than How You Feel.” PREACH.
- The book is written in a conversational tone that makes it an enjoyable read. I read little bits in the car while waiting for the kids to get done with their activities.
- You can read the book cover-to-cover, or read the parts that are relevant to your situation.
- It addresses every stage of a child’s development in regards to behavior, from toddlerhood to the teen years. You can return to it as a reference again and again.
Want to know more? Here’s one of my favorite highlights.
I’ll be straight with you: I hate most parenting books because I think that oftentimes they abandon common sense in favor of fads. Dr. G’s book embraces common sense and gives you practical suggestions that will actually work in real life. Dr. G’s advice is not rooted in trends, but in her education and experience as a doctor and mother. Reading Dr. G’s book is like chatting with a wise girlfriend about your latest parenting challenge
If you want to raise respectful and responsible kids, and you want to do so without lots of yelling and threats, pick up the aptly titled, Get the Behavior You Want… Without Being the Parent You Hate! You can find it at your local bookstore or on Amazon.
I received a copy of this book for review. All opinions and excessive yelling are my own.