Difficult to Delightful

Kids need parents not pills. “Only 5% of the children medicated need pills for their behaviors, the other 95% need discipline. They need parents who teach values.”

Turn your “problem” child into a happy child— no drugs, no therapy, no nonsense—in just four weeks!

We’ve all seen it or heard about it – the child who is “out of control,” willful, who throws tantrums and drives their parents crazy. We’ve been taught that such “difficult” or “spirited” children need the attention of a mental health professional, or a pill, in order to bring their behavior under control.

From Difficult to Delightful in 30 Days

Author: Dr. Jacob Azerrad ISBN 0-07-147039-5

Dr. Azerrad has been successfully treating such children mostly without medication for over 35 years, and has something radical to tell parents: “Out of control behavior” is a sign that a child is striving to be independent, to be more grown-up. Such a child needs loving discipline, not drugs that teach them to become dependant on stimulants or depressants in order to handle life’s challenges

He has proven that parents can improve their children’s behaviors by learning new parenting skills: by noting and encouraging their children when they listen, do things they are asked to do, help other people, and handle disappointment with relative calm. This includes:

- SIBLING CARING BEHAVIORS – Any behavior which indicates caring for a sibling. For example, the child has asked a parent to help buy a birthday card for a sibling’s birthday or praised a younger brother’s report card.

- MOTHER TERESA BEHAVIORS – Any behavior which indicates caring for either mom or dad. For example, helping put the groceries away or sweeping the kitchen after dinner.

- TAKING DISAPPOINTMENT CALMLY BEHAVIORS – Any behavior which indicates reacting calmly. For example, when dad brings home the wrong video, the child watches it anyway without fuss.

THE NURTURE RESPONSE. These behaviors are nurtured by the “nurture response” which involves taking the child aside in private and using the following four step sequence:
A: VIVIDLY RECREATING THE EARLIER POSITIVE BEHAVIOR
B: GIVING THE CHILD 100% PRAISE
C: IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING PRAISE BY LABELING THE BEHAVIOR
D: GIVING THE CHILD FIVE TO FIFTEEN MINUTES OF VERY SPECIAL TIME WITH THE PARENT.

A REAL TIME OUT. In addition to identifying these nurturing behaviors, Dr. Azerrad has developed “a real time-out” for the out of control behaviors – the tantrums, the throwing things, the hitting, and other forms of aggression.

The methods in this book have transformed children who were once diagnosed ADHD, sensory integration disorder and bipolar disorder into children who are no longer undisciplined and out of control.

Unlike other parenting books, From Difficult to Delightful in Just 30 Days shows how the real solution to a child’s difficult behavior is not by having them pop pills and drugging them but rather allowing them to be a child and realizing that the parent needs to be a teacher to their child on the ways of right and wrong.

About the Author:

Dr. Jacob Azerrad has practiced as a child psychologist for thirty-five years. He has published articles in Psychology Today, Parents, and the Boston Globe. He is the author of the bestselling Anyone Can Have a Happy Child.

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