Unconditional Parenting by Alfie Kohn
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Unconditional Parenting
By Alfie Kohn

Unconditional Parenting

Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason

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Unconditional Parenting by Alfie Kohn

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This book presents a provocative challenge to the conventional wisdom of raising children. Author of nine books, including the controversial "Punished by Rewards", Kohn expands upon the theme of what's wrong with our society's emphasis on punishments and rewards with regards raising children. Kohn, the father of young children himself, sprinkles his text with anecdotes that shore up his well-researched hypothesis that children do best with unconditional love, respect and the opportunity to make their own choices. Kohn questions why parents and parenting literature focus on compliance and quick fixes, and points out that docility and short-term obedience are not what most parents desire of their children in the long run. He insists that "controlling parents" are actually conveying to their kids that they love them conditionally - that is, only when they achieve or behave. Tactics like time-out, brides and threats, Kohn claims, just worsen matters. Caustic, witty and thought-provoking, Kohn's arguments challenge much of today's parenting wisdom, yet his assertion that "the way kids learn to make good decisions is by making decisions, not by following directions" rings true. Kohn suggests parents help kids solve problems; provide them with choices; and use reason, humour and, as a last resort, a restorative time away (not a punitive time-out).

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780743487481
ISBN-10: 0743487486
Format: Paperback
(215mm x 140mm x 17mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Atria Books
Publisher: Atria Books
Publish Date: 6-Apr-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Alfie Kohn

Alfie Kohn is the author of nine previous books that have helped shape the thinking of parents. He has also appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and Today. He lives in Boston.

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