Good News About Bad Behavior : Why Kids Are Less Disciplined Than Ever - and What to Do About It
by Lewis, Katherine Reynolds

Author's Notexi
Part 1 The Problem
1 Introduction
2 An Epidemic of Misbehavior
3 The Brain and Discipline
4 The Old Methods Don't Work
Part 2 The Solution
5 The Way Forward
6 Connection
7 Communication
8 Capability
9 Limits and Routines
Part 3 Making It Stick
10 Modeling
11 Create Lasting Change
Age-Appropriate Jobs229(4)
Top Takeaways and Resources233(4)
Selected Bibliography241(10)

A journalist and parenting expert offers empathy as a radical solution to persistent and exhausting defiance by today's children, demonstrating how children rise to the occasion when their parents learn to trust them and face consequences. 12,000 first printing.

Katherine Reynolds Lewis is an award-winning independent journalist based in the Washington, DC, area who regularly writes for The Atlantic, Fortune, USA Today's magazine group, the Washington Post, and Working Mother magazine. Lewis's byline has also appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek, MSN Money, Money, Mother Jones, the New York Times, Parade, Slate, and the Washington Post Magazine. Her work has won awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Chicago Headline Club. She has received fellowships from the Carey Institute for Global Good, the National Press Foundation, the Poynter Institute, and the University of Maryland's Casey Journalism Center. Residencies include Le Moulin Nef, Ragdale, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her media appearances include CNN, NPR, Bloomberg television and radio, and HuffPost Live, as well as numerous radio programs nationally and internationally. In 2008, Lewis created a website on working moms for, which she ran until 2014, attracting millions of readers to the site, its blog, and a weekly newsletter. She is a certified parent educator with the Parent Encouragement Program in Kensington, Maryland.

Journalist and parenting coach Lewis documents a crisis seen in children of all ages. "Obedience is no longer our goal. We must tackle the defining challenge of our era- teaching our children how to self-regulate." In her first book, Lewis researches and explains how we got here and the ways that adults can help the kids in their lives improve through connection, communication, and capability. Between visits to a neuroscience lab and plenty of parenting-coaching sessions, Lewis proceeds to explain that the key to discipline is connection and empathy. Although the author's background is in journalism, and she approaches her writing as something other than a do-this-not-that manual, there is plenty of practical advice here. She tracks families, including her own, throughout the book to demonstrate how parents can improve, too. Readers will appreciate the lists of age-appropriate jobs and "Top Takeaways" and resource sections in the back of the book. The Good News about Bad Behavior is a great addition to public and academic library parenting collections. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

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