Chapter Resources

I’ll be your guide through 7 essential skills that every parent needs to understand their children and bring out the best in them.Then we’ll explore 7 spheres in which those skills can be applied. I recommend you read the 7 skills chapters first and then go on to dip in and out of the chapters in the second part, which look at how these skills apply to everyday challenges in your child’s world. 

And in accordance with our practical philosophy I invite you to get into action with your own family and do the exercises throughout each chapter. You'll find them under each green chapter tab below labelled 'Your turn'.

There are extra video and other resources to illustrate some of the points made in the book or for further interest or just for fun! I may add to them from time to time so keep an eye on this page. Maybe save it as a favourite.


At a glance content 

Here is a brief description of each chapter. For more detailed resources look under the green tabs below by scrolling down.



PART 1 - 7 Essential Skills for Bringing out the Best in Your Children

Chapter 1 -  Knowing your child

Chapter 2 -  Encouraging Cooperation and Confidence with Descriptive Praise

Chapter 3 -  Listening and Connecting

Chapter 4 -  Setting up for Success

Chapter 5 -  Family Values

Chapter 6 -  Positive Discipline

Chapter 7 -  Keeping Calm  

PART 2 - Applying the skills to everyday parenting challenges

Chapter 8 -   Their World of Relationships

Chapter 9   Their Intellectual World

Chapter 10 - Their Physical World

Chapter 11 - Their Digital World

Chapter 12 - Their Moral World

Chapter 13 - Their World of Responsibility

Chapter 14 - The World beyond them

Encouraging cooperation and confidence with Descriptive Praise

Your Turn:

What kind of adults would you like your children to be?

Appreciating your child

Addtional Resources:

Video -Selective Attention Test

Video -a mum's experience of using Descriptive Praise

The Chapter in a Nutsell:

Listening and Connecting

Your Turn:

What is your child feeling?

Additional Resources:

Video - Haim Ginott -Strict & Permissive

Video - 'Be a Man'

Video - Styles of Communication men v women

List of Feelings

Children's books about feelings

The Chapter in a Nutshell:

Setting up For Success.

Your Turn:

Area you would like to address

Setting up for Success Steps

Additional Resources:

Family Meeting Invitation

Video -Michael McIntyre leaving the house -no setting up for success here!


The Chapter in a Nutshell:

Their World of Responsibility

Your Turn:

What area will you focus on?

Training your child to do something independently

Additional Resources:

What kids today can and cannot do

The Power of 'Yet' - Carol Dweck

Children's booklist

The Chapter in a Nutshell:


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