To hear you are not spoiling the child by sparing the rod. This book covers positive ways to discipline a child. Positive meaning positive reinforcement not negative meaning only noticing the child when they are doing something wrong. The book has many good ideas, however, some of them I think used to be, or should be, common sense among parents. I believe the only reason they are not is there are too many experts confusing parents by telling them to do this or that or not do this or that. The book's main forms of "discipline" (or lack thereof) or positive reinforcement and natural and logical consequences. It also covers making your child feel right and boosting self esteem and offering positive attention so a child has no reason to misbehave.
The book is easy to read because it just doesn't say do this and that and this but not that. It actually uses real life situations as examples.
The only thing I would say I did not like about the book is sometimes it just seemed too "positive". Sometimes it seemed unrealistic for "real" parents on a bad day. It also, in some instances, downplayed behavior problems, trying to put it as the child always needs more attention or something in those lines. It does cover time-outs, but sometimes it feels like they are just encouraging you not to do anything.
All in all, though, it is the only book I have found that encourages positive methods of discipline, spares the rod, and yet still offers real solutions. All that makes for a good book in my opinion.
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