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Publisher's Summary

Janet Lansbury is unique among parenting experts. As an RIE teacher and student of pioneering child specialist Magda Gerber, her advice is not based solely on formal studies and the research of others, but also on her 20 years of hands-on experience guiding hundreds of parents and their toddlers. No Bad Kids is a collection of Janet's most popular and widely read articles pertaining to common toddler behaviors and how respectful parenting practices can be applied to benefit both parents and children. It covers such common topics as punishment, cooperation, boundaries, testing, tantrums, hitting, and more. No Bad Kids provides a practical, indispensable tool for parents who are anticipating or experiencing those critical years when toddlers are developmentally obliged to test the limits of our patience and love. Armed with knowledge and a clearer sense of the world through our children's eyes, this period of uncertainty can afford a myriad of opportunities to forge unbreakable bonds of trust and respect.

©2014 Janet Lansbury (P)2014 Janet Lansbury

Editorial Review

Parenting is hard enough. Deciphering the right way to parent can be just as difficult. With a slew of parenting tips, techniques, and behavioural studies out there, how do we know what is right?

No Bad Kids by Janet Lansbury helps cut through all the jargon and the mass of ideas to bring a relatable, practical approach to parenting toddlers and young kids. She addresses topics such as boundaries, discipline, cooperation and developmental stages in a way that acknowledges the needs and mindset of both the parents and children. Lansbury is open and honest, while staying informative and practical, for parenting techniques you can actually use in your daily life.

The Audible audiobook is narrated by Lansbury herself, adding experience and knowledge to her open and friendly voice. She is both direct and encouraging with a moderate pace which should be comfortable for most listeners. She tells stories and presents facts and ideas with an engaging and clear sound much as a teacher would, offering a sense of trust and understanding.

This knowledge comes from over 20 years of hands-on experience. Her work pulls together a variety of her most popular articles and parenting guides for lessons that are tried and tested. Lansbury has also trained under child specialist Magda Gerber and is an acclaimed RIE respectful parenting teacher. Her openness and honesty, combined with her years of experience and training, have helped to make No Bad Kids a winning guide to navigating parenthood with trust and respect.

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What an excellent book

After unsuccesfully loosing the first 2 years of my son's life with a wrong aproach of prasing rewards and punishments, I started looking into positive parenting more and more. I've listened to Jane Nelson, Positive parenting book, and altough I've used a couple of tips from there that worked, it seems a little bit too indulgent. This book is just the perfect balance between make your child feel respected while disciplinate him. And let me tell you it works wonders. My boy is 3 and a half and I started having problems with him after I gave birth to his sister 7 month ago. He changed into a little "monster" with regular tantrums over anything. After 2 weeks of using the methods in this book, I am proud to say we almost never fight and he listens to instructions 90% of the time. But there is a catch haha...if you are not willing to change yourself and your own behaviour, this book will not help. I realised a lot of things about me and my own childhood by listening to this book. A big thanks to the autor, this is a masterpiece.

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Helpful book to get through the toddler years

I am finding the approach of Janet in this book to be quite helpful as I navigate raising twin two-year-olds. I am realizing more and more they are complete little people and should be treated as such. Their understanding and comprehension surprises me sometimes and treating them as capable really makes them much more willing to do what needs to be done. #Audible1

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Great Listen

If you liked How to talk so kids will listen, this is similar and just another way of putting it. Great listen.

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Great for parents of toddlers

I really enjoyed this book. I try to be a peaceful positive parent, and I can't believe I hadn't read this earlier. Along with Peaceful Parents Happy child and How to talk so kids would listen, this book is a great tool for parents who want a respectful and positive relationship with their kids. This is more about toddlers, though, so if your kids are older, maybe pick either book of the two I just referenced. It's an easy short read, structured in a Q&A format that is easy to follow. Totally recommended.

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Helpful for all ages!

Janet Lansbury has helped our family immensely. If I could recommend just one book to expecting and new parents, it would be this one. It’s approach is so well presented, with plenty of real life examples so that you can easily place yourself in similar situations. It’s such a great resource that I find myself listening to chapters again as I navigate through the waters of parenthood.

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Life Changing.

This book has taught us how we should speak and react to our toddler and it has changed our household completely. Our toddler is happier, we are happier. Still can't believe the change in our toddler just by us acknowledging his feelings and point of view properly. Highly, highly recommend!!

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Better parenting skills

Well I started thinking why can’t it be easier then I learned I just need more skills because it doesn’t get easier.

Thank you Janet for making me a better father.

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amazingly helpful

excellent narration, demonstrating the tone of voice to use with a toddler. loved it so much

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Will read again!

Practical and thoughtful parenting advice that emphasizes boundaries respecting both parent and child. I'll definitely be listening to this again.

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Wonderful parenting tips

This book has worked wonders in a very short time when we put the techniques described within into practice with our 1.5 year old. Highly recommend to all parents

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  • Kyliak
  • 2019-06-14

Basically her podcast again

You can save $10 and just listen to her podcast. Its the same info even many chapters are question an answer format.
I was excited hoping the book would go deeper or be better organized but its not. Its just her podcast stung together in chapters.

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  • NotMyName
  • 2019-07-04

Doesn’t work as an audiobook

I have a toddler so I’m very busy, and I thought it would be easier to listen to this book rather than read it, but the format of the book does not work as an audiobook. It seems to be a lot of lists, and it’s hard for me to keep track of what the author is telling me. I do think the book has good advice, but I think I need a hard copy rather than audio.

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  • Jess
  • 2015-07-16

Absolutely worth it!

This book is so wonderful for me, as a parent of an 18 month old. Love the principles and I've seen positive results to the application. She doesn't just talk method, she shares specific examples, which I find invaluable. Highly recommended!

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  • Rhim82
  • 2016-06-23

Changing Lives

This is the best book on toddler discipline I have read. Janet's instructions are easy to implement. This book changed our family dynamic in just a week!

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  • Kevin Beal
  • 2018-07-26

Useful

I got useful things from this book, primarily regarding the perspective on button pushing and how much children actually want to be told "no".

However, the book neglects to make important distinctions which make for a confusing, seemingly contradictory read at times.

"Treat children like adults because they have dignity, but don't treat children like adults because that isn't fair to the child."

"Don't tell your children 'no' too much because it will be a source if needless conflict, but definitely tell them 'no' often because they need to know you are in charge in order to feel secure"

You have to work hard to figure it out without much help from the author.

Also, it's largely material from her blog and podcast so it feels a little like a cheat, but perhaps I'm being too stingy there 😅

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  • Ben Caparoon
  • 2016-10-19

Wow! I can't believe it works.

I was a bit skeptical in the beginning since I've been given several books with contradicting advice. I'm a first time mom/SHM and my son is now 16 months. I began using the practices in this book a few days ago and noticed a major change in our interactions. I would get frustrated with myself and with him when he would throw, hit and spit - and just about every normal toddler behavior you could think of. I've finished the book and now have a completely different perspective on parenting and i just a few days of work I feel like I understand my son and he understands me. I don't use third person narratives like "Mommy doesn't want you to hit" instead I just say, "I won't let you hit me". I recommend this to all. Thank you, Janet, for really helping me to change my entire perspective on parenting.

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  • Liron Koren
  • 2016-09-26

Good advice, but way too long

Janet Lansbury's approach to parenting toddlers works, and it's actually very simple. So simple, in fact, that it doesn't take a whole book to explain. Large parts of the book are repetitive, and also delivered in the form of numbered lists, which gets to be disorienting.

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  • Thea
  • 2016-01-12

A must read for every parent

This book is simple to listen to accessible and hugely important. This is life-changing material and I can't wait to put these practices to use with my toddler.

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  • Rafaela Walker
  • 2016-07-15

great!

this was a great book. it contradicts many other books I read but it has helped me with realizing I shouldn't lose my cool with my daughter. the only complaint I have is that it was too short lol

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  • Caitlin Cotton
  • 2015-07-07

Powerful

I can't wait for to put everything into practice with my 18 month old. Thank you!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-09-08

Great book!

Very helpful book, absolutely loved it! Lots of tips for to help your children get through their emotional development.
Thank you Janet Lansbury

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  • Cleor
  • 2018-03-14

Best parenting advice

Thank you Janet Landsbury for your audiobook. I loved everything about it. I love your approach on parenting and all the related advice. This is a must read when bringing up todlers.