Title: The Discipline Book: How to Have a Better-Behaved Child From Birth to Age Ten
Author: William Sears and Martha Sears
Publication Year: 1995
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Review: In general, I agree with all the tenets of “attachment parenting,” I just sometimes get irritated when I see it being discussed as if it were something that needed to be invented and is a practice that should be subscribed to as opposed to common sense. Past infancy, in my mind, attachment parenting really just boils down to “have a good relationship with your child” and who doesn’t want that?
The most annoying thing about this book was that for many of the topics (i.e. how to grow your child’s self-confidence, how to discourage lying/cheating/stealing, how to prevent tantrums, etc.) the primary bit of advice is “practice attachment parenting.” There are other secondary suggestions too, but those also seem more or less like common sense and generally a good idea.
There really isn’t much discussion of what exactly you should do in certain difficult situations, which would be more useful from a book on discipline. I will say that I pretty much agree with all the advice in this book. There are some sections on time-outs and reward charts, which are practices that I know some parenting philosophies oppose, but I think are useful as a last resort. However, there’s not really anything particularly enlightening or thought-provoking in this book either, so generally speaking, I didn’t find it that helpful. (Personal Rating: 7/10)
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