The Discipline Book: How to Have a Better-Behaved Child from Birth to Age Ten, by William Sears and Martha Sears (New York: Little, Brown, 1995). A foremost husband-and-wife team (a pediatrician and a registered nurse and childbirth educator, respectively) tells you everything you need to know about discipline to raise a happy, well-adjusted, and well-behaved child.
Discipline: The Brazelton Way, by T. Berry Brazelton and Joshua D. Sparrow (Cambridge, Mass.: Perseus, 2003). This renowned pediatrician has written a short book filled with wonderful wisdom on how to discipline your child using what really matters: love and limits.
8 Weeks to a Well-Behaved Child: A Failsafe Program for Toddlers Through Teens, by James Windell (Old Tappan, N.J.: MacMillan, 1994). From "fair" and "unfair" punishment to how to use reprimands, time-out, and removal of privileges, Windell offers tools to give parents the confidence to transform children's behavior problems.
The Happiest Toddler on the Block: The New Way to Stop the Daily Battle of Wills and Raise a Secure and Well-Behaved One- to Four-Year-Old, by Harvey Karp and Paula Spencer (New York: Bantam Books, 2004). This book describes a unique and sensitive approach that helps you gain perspective on why your little one is acting up, and offers sensible ways to discipline.
How to Behave So Your Children Will, Too! by Sal Severe (New York: Penguin, 2002). This book provides a wealth of valuable advice on how parents need to behave in order to raise well-behaved children.
Kids Are Worth It: Giving Your Child the Gift of Inner Discipline, by Barbara Coloroso (New York: HarperResource, 2002). Using a combination of compassion and respect when disciplining a child will teach limits without damaging the child's or the parent's self-esteem. Coloroso tackles some of the most difficult topics, from how to teach a toddler the meaning of no to handling a troublesome teen. Good, comforting advice from a fabulous parent educator.
Kids, Parents, and Power Struggles, by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka (New York: HarperCollins, 2000). A noted family educator helps you cope with the everyday challenges of disciplining your child while understanding the issues behind his or her behavior. The author offers sound strategies to end those power struggles and begin connecting with your child.
No More Misbehavin': 3 8 Difficult Behaviors and How to Stop Them, by Michele Borba (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2003). You're right. I wrote it. But it's also my favorite. Fighting, biting, homework battles, tantrums, talking back, being mean, rude, or selfish— I'll give you a customized makeover plan and simple-to-use guide for each of the thirty-eight most troublesome behaviors and how to change them once and for all.
Parenting with Love and Logic: Teaching Children Responsibility, by Foster W. Cline and Jim Fay (Colorado Springs, Colo.: Pinon Press, 1990). This book is filled with good, solid, practical parenting advice that helps you raise a responsibly behaved kid who can make good decisions. You'll also discover great tips on how to change your behavior so as to reduce the number of battles with your kids and address the issues that really matter.
Raising Good Children: From Birth Through the Teenage Years, by Thomas Lickona (New York: Bantam Books, 1994). Based on solid child development theory, this is a practical guide to helping your child develop a lifelong sense of honesty, decency, and respect for others, and to act right.
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