About the Book

Children: The Challenge gives the key to parents who seek to build trust and love in their families, and raise happier, healthier, and better behaved children.

Based on a lifetime of experience with children—their problems, their delights, their challenges—Dr. Rudolf Dreikurs, one of America’s foremost child psychiatrists presents an easy-to-follow program that teaches parents how to cope with the common childhood problems that occur from toddler years through early adolescence.

This warm and reassuring reference helps parents to understand their children’s actions better, giving them the guidance necessary to discipline lovingly and effectively, all while fostering a healthy environment in which children will grow and develop into successful teenagers and adults.

About the Author

Rudolf Dreikurs, M.D., was an eminent child-psychiatrist who practiced in Chicago. He was the author of many child-rearing and family guides.

About the Reviews

I was so surprised at some of the reviews complaining about spanking etc. Women were also encouraged to smoke back them to have smaller babies, they drank during pregnancies and were told breastfeeding isn't important. These were the times just like spanking kids was also encouraged. We have learned a lot and thankfully these things do not apply anymore but the tools in this book are still relevant especially with the helicopter parent epidemic. I agree with some of the other reviews that maybe a revision would be a good idea.

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Honestly, the best book ever written on raising wonderful children. We used this 30 years ago with our own kids, and recently bought a copy for a younger couple we know. I re read the book before gifting it to them, and I still love their advice. Yes, some of the language is dated. Yes the book assumes that "Mother" is a stay at home person. But this was the original Logical Consequences book, and all we can say is it worked. Our three kids are all honorable, motivated and self-funding adults now, contrary to the popular myth on Millenials.

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This book is just SO GOOD. I have been using it for over 35 years now and every time I pick it up I am reminded, with pleasure, of how much it has helped me parent, grandparent and now professionally "parent" as a nanny.

There are many excellent parenting guides out there but this is the true original. Some of the examples are a bit dated and reflect a less complicated time but the PRINCIPLES of effective parenting are well in place.

I have taught parenting classes for 30 years and always have parents tell me that when they read it they feel like the author must have been looking into the windows of their home because he knows just what goes on. What's even better is that he tells you what to do about it.

The chapters on Encouragement, Natural and Logical Consequences and The Child's Mistaken Goals can't be beat. Even if you just read those chapters you would have your money's worth.

This isn't a 'fast read', but is one that you will turn to again and again because it explains the principles of rearing children so well. Wonderful examples.

The Best of the Basics.

Product Info

Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Plume; Reissue edition (December 26, 1991)
Language: English
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 184 customer reviews

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