How to be a calm parent

I have just been listening to Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, and heard Noël Janis-Norton talk about her new book Calmer Easier Happier Parenting. One of her strategies is to praise children when they actually do what you’ve asked them to do. So if your small boy keeps shouting, and you’d much rather he didn’t, you notice when he’s talking at a lower volume and comment admiringly. ‘What a lovely calm voice! I can hear what you’re saying! That makes me want to answer your question!’ Will this work with Robin (5)? ‘How lovely that you’ve put purple felt tip on the paper! I can see it so much better than when it’s all over the wall! That makes me want to look at your picture!’
I think I should buy the book.

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