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  • Published: 1 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9781869793746
  • Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 324

Of Course I Love You... Now Go to Your Room!

Strategies for Raising Toddlers to Teens In New Zealand

Top family therapist Diane Levy gives clear parenting guidelines in this bestselling title

This book presents a modern approach to parenting. Diane Levy believes children must be taught to experience and handle their emotions and they must learn self-discipline. There are two main tenets to the new approach to parenting developed in the book: Emotional Support and Limit Setting.
It takes about twenty years to raise a child. Within that twenty years, the author believes, you will have taught - or led your child towards the teaching of all the skills they will need to function in the world away from home.
The first responsibility of parents is to give children emotional support so that they will have the courage to have the experiences and do the learning that they need to become emotionally independent adults. The second responsibility is to set suitable boundaries and expectations so that they can safely tread the path from undisciplined babies to self-disciplined adults.
The author discusses her approach to parenting in the context of modern society. There are many families where both parents work, and many parents working and raising children single-handedly. Clear boundaries must exist between parent and child to establish a good family structure.
Putting it all together, the author discusses specific issues, such as sibling rivalry, bullying and nasty habits. Readers may dip into the book to find immediate help for problems with sleeping, eating and toilet training. Sex education and strategies for coping with teenagers are covered; with the last part of the book summing up simple parenting strategies.

  • Pub date: 1 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9781869793746
  • Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 324

About the Author

Diane Levy

Diane Levy, bestselling author of parenting books, is a highly successful family therapist, counsellor, parenting coach and speaker. She is in great demand as a speaker and regularly addresses Early Childhood groups, school groups (at all levels) and related parenting organisations. Diane regularly writes for Kiwi Families, Littlies magazine, the New Zealand Woman’s Weekly, and The Parenting Place.

Her bestselling books include: Of Course I Love You . . . Now Go To Your Room!; They Look So Lovely When They’re Asleep; and Time Out for Tots, Teens and Everyone In Between. She had her own television series, Demons to Darlings, had a regular parenting slot on Radio Rhema, and was a key contributor to Littlies’ The Book of Answers.

Her modern approach to parenting instructs parents to use emotional support and limit-setting to help their children to experience and handle their emotions and learn self-discipline, and who turn out as children who are pleasant to be with and whose parents enjoy their company.

Karin de la Rey, reviewing Of Course I Love You … in Healthy Options, wrote: ‘I can honestly say I wish I had read this book many moons ago. Diane Levy’s writing style is entertaining … with practical solutions to everyday problems. … Soon-to-be parents, parents and grandparents should all make the effort and read this book, which is written with insight and love — it’s hard to put down once you have started.’

Hawke’s Bay Today called it ‘an informative and entertaining read for all parents and caregivers’, while Essentially Food described how Levy ‘offers new insights in the context of modern society, with single-parent families and situations where both parents work’, concluding: ‘Essential reading for all parents and caregivers!’

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