Popularizing Psychology for Parents

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(3), 256–257. Reviews the books, Rewarding Parenthood/Rewarding Childhood: Natural Child Rearing From Birth Through First Grade by V. Thomas Mawhinney (1978); and How To Influence Children: A Handbook of Practical Parenting Skills by Charles Schaefer (1978). The two books under review make some genuine contributions that distinguish them from eariar books on the same toppic. Both books provide their stated audiences with a great deal of information usually endorsed by experts, and both frequently enrich their advice with the details of how to implement it. In Rewarding Parenthood/Rewarding Childhood, Mawhinney concentrates exclusively on children from birth through 6 years. Mawhinney is especially operational in his approach, including unusually concise, step-by-step outlines of behavioral procedures for facilitating the acquisition of positive habits and attitudes from toileting through succeeding in school. In How To Influence Children, Schaefer covers, early childhood through adolescence and provides a comprehensive, eclectic compendium of child influencing techniques. The major shortcoming of the book is advertised by the publishers as “69 down-to-earth ways to influence children.” (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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