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1st Edition

The Positive Parenting Handbook
Developing happy and confident children

ISBN 9780367233815
Published August 15, 2019 by Routledge
170 Pages

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Book Description

Drawing on Judy Hutchings many years of work with parents and children, The Positive Parenting Handbook is a concise, straightforward guide that offers simple solutions to daily dilemmas. The clear and easy advice provides parents with skills and tools that support positive parent/child relationships for happy and confident children. It explains common behaviour problems in young children and offers expert advice on:

-How to build strong bonds and let children know they are important to you

-How to encourage behaviour we want to see through praise and small rewards

-Giving instructions that children are more likely to follow

-How ignoring some unwanted behaviours can be helpful

-Strategies for managing difficult behaviour

-Teaching new behaviour to our children

-Developing children’s language.

It includes six case studies of how these strategies have helped real families with everyday problems at bedtime and mealtimes, during toilet training, out shopping and when children experience anxiety.

Together with suggestions of other useful books and information sources, The Positive Parenting Handbook is ideal for all parents, including those of children with diagnosed developmental difficulties, and the range of professionals who work with them.

Table of Contents



Background to CEIT

Chapter 1: Introduction- understanding common behaviour problems in young children

Chapter 2. Building a positive relationship: letting children know that they are important to you

Chapter 3: Encouraging your children’s positive behaviour

Chapter 4: How to get better at giving instructions

Chapter 5: Ignoring problem behaviour

Chapter 6: Managing difficult behaviours

Chapter 7: Teaching new behaviour to our children

Chapter 8: Developing Children’s Language

Chapter 9: Summing it all up

Chapter 10: Typical problems experienced by real families: Positive parenting in action

10.1 A bedtime problem

10.2 A morning problem

10.3 A shopping problem

10.4 A toileting problem

10.5 An eating problem

10.6 Avoidance and anxiety problems

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Professor Judy Hutchings was an NHS Clinical Child Psychologist for 37 years, and since 1988 has also worked as a researcher at Bangor University, where she set up the Centre for Evidence Based Early Intervention. She introduced parenting programmes into treatment and preventive services and undertook research trials on services for children with behavioural problems, including developing the EPaS (Enhancing Parenting Skills) programme. In 2011, she was awarded an OBE for her work with children and families.