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WHEN GOOD KIDS DO BAD THINGS. A SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR PARENTS

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Read this Today!
If you are a parent of a teen (especially one who has broken some rules) you will wish to read this book. Simple, clear and effectively written, it offers practical advice and stories that parents can relate to. Katherine is a foster mom and counselor who offers no-nonsense advice that is accessible, friendly and not preachy. Wondering when to worry, when to act and how to keep on caring in the face of misbehavior? Katherine has actionable solutions for you. Her six step Caring Response is best posted on your fridge. If you are parenting teens for the first-time, this is sage advice that can help you take action rather than be paralyzed by fear. In this complicated era, advice from an experienced mom (and dad) is appreciated. Thank you, Katherine and Dave. [Source]


Must-read for anyone with teens in their life
Katherine gives parents invaluable and practical tools to stay connected to their kids when times get tough, and these tools create environments where change is possible. With great examples, humor and humility, this book is a must-read for anyone with teens in their life. [Source]


Practical and Insightful
Katherine Gordy Levine exhibits love, humor and good practical common sense through her remarkable book. Parents of rebellious teens, as well as professionals who work with rebellious teens, will benefit from Levine’s experience as a foster mother of over 300 court appointed teenagers.[Source]


Great book. Katherine is my new guru of parenting
As I read this book I took my iPad over to my husband several times and we’d both laugh or groan and say “Oh that is so spot on”. This author really knows her subject matter and she openly shares her amazing experiences in this book. It is so easy to feel hurt or get angry when your kid is being difficult. I have really learnt how to handle parenting situations much better from this book. Thankfully I am not having to deal with some of the more serious issues that the book talks about, but I am better off for having read the whole thing. When your kids are young you just keep them away from things that might be dangerous (play equipment that is too big for example). But when your kid becomes a teenager you can’t always re-direct them so easily. Instead you have to watch out for warning signs that something might be going wrong (like drugs, or depression, or a friend that’s not good for them). This book really teaches you how to see the warning signs and what to do. [Source]


Parent teenager conflicts and working for real solutions
(Excerpt) As a book reviewer I wish to say that this is really a complete guide to surviving with children in general. Kathy Levine has the background and experience to teach you how to deal with almost any situation regarding children, kids, teens or what have you. The personal stories, the words that parents use in some cases reminded me of my relationship with my ADHD daughter. I wish I had read this book when she was a child! As a parent this guide will help you feel at ease because “you are not alone.” I always felt alone with my struggles with my daughter. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who needs inspiration and healing from their past or for learning how to deal with when good kids do bad things. [Source]


Great Read!
This is one of the most helpful books I have ever read. Highly recommended. Katherine has much knowledge to impart after helping raise so many foster children. [Source]


Finally a practical book
This books is actually practical and useful not just theoretical. I have worked with teens in schools for 15 years and finally have tools to use directly with parents who are struggling. Highly recommended. [Source]


Katherine Levine is the new Spock!
I read Katherine Levine’s Parents Are People Too: An Emotional Fitness Program for Parents. She is the new Spock. Reading her book was like having an experienced, learned grandmother (who just happens to be up on all the latest research in child development and psychology) help with the nitty-gritty of dealing with all the negative feelings and stress being a parent creates. Her site, http://www.emotionalfitnesstraining.com offers all kinds of help in addition to this book. It’s a must-see! [Source]

PARENTS ARE PEOPLE TOO. AN EMOTIONAL FITNESS PROGRAM FOR PARENTS

The following are reviews of the paperback version released in the 1990s. This book is currently being prepared for re-publication on Amazon Kindle.


Wish I had had this book when my first child was born

I really loved that Levine reminds us that parenting can bring out the worst in us as well as the best. It is normal to feel angry and resentful sometimes toward ones children. The simple exercises she details helped me realize that the external stressors making me crazy could be dealt with calmly and rationally, but only after some real work was done on myself. I recommend this book to every parent I know. [Source]


This is a superb, comforting book for all parents.

This is a genuine, heartwarming and practical book for all of us who find that we are not flawless parents. It is for all of us who have sometimes wished we could run away from all the responsibilities and problems—even for a week. Her book gives pragmatic simple calming “exercises” that really work. For example, those of us who make “Things-to do” lists appreciate her suggestion to add “enjoy a soothing cup of herbal tea” to the list. In addition to the advice, readers will appreciate the book’s warmth and honesty. Reading this book you know that Ms. Levine is a mother and that she has felt pain and that she is not perfect. You also know that she loves life and loves children. This book is a cherished gift to all of us not-so-perfect parents. It’s a book to read once quickly, but carry with you daily. [Source]


Refreshing and healing

Honest and open advice to parents who hear too much advice.  Refreshing and healing.  Insightful and practical.  Helpful even after parenting.  I wish I had this book when I began parenting – it was the one I really needed. [Source]


The most realistic and useful book on parenting ever!
The book could become the new Spock. Wish it had been available when my son was a baby. It is like having an experienced, learned grandmother (who just happens to be up on all the latest research in child development and psychology) help with the nitty-gritty of parenting. So many confusing and complicated problems are dealt with openly and practically. I intend to recommend it to parents and prospective parents alike. [Source]


The new Spock

I read Katherine Levine’s Parents Are People Too: An Emotional Fitness Program for Parents. She is the new Spock. Reading her book was like having an experienced, learned grandmother (who just happens to be up on all the latest research in child development and psychology) help with the nitty-gritty of dealing with all the negative feelings and stress being a parent creates. Her Web site, emotionalfitnesstraining.com (or just eft.org) offers this book and all kinds of help as well. [Source]


Packed full of insight, helpful advice, honesty & compassion
This is a must read for parents of children of all ages. Moreover, it would be wise for professionals to recommend this book to both parents and people who interact with children.
Parents Are People Too offers many insights and helpful advice to make encounters with children more effective and satisfying to both adults and children. Katherine Gordy Levine’s writing style is clear, succinct and sprinkled with good humor. The author shares personal experiences, which add to the book’s authentic and compassionate spirit.
Many simple and effective exercises are suggested to help make parenthood a more joyful experience in the happy, tension-free times and far less difficult in the trying moments.
Katherine Gordy Levine’s compassion and love for children and their families shines through from cover to cover. This book was a joy to read and I look forward to her next one.  [Source]

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