Some of the best parenting advice I have ever read comes from the new book by Ilene Val-Essen, Ph.D., Bring Out the Best in Your Child and Your Self: Creating a Family Based on Mutual Respect. Rather than managing kids or modifying their behavior, Dr. Val-Essen's approach is about encouraging growth.
Bring out the Best in Your Child and Your Self is based more on principles than advice. Creating an atmosphere of mutual respect and encouraging the best within your kids and yourself are two of the most important things you can do. Parents must keep in mind that everything they say can affect their child's self-esteem.