What does training killer whales have to do with raising children? As this engrossing and unique parenting fable shows, more than you’d think. In their New York Times bestseller Whale Done!, Ken Blanchard and his coauthors—including two veteran marine mammal trainers—showed how positive training concepts used at places like SeaWorld could be adapted to the workplace. In this new book they apply these same principles to parenting. Once the parents in this charming story get the hang of the five Whale Done principles, they see a dramatic difference in overcoming challenges like following bedtime routines, dealing with tantrums, introducing new foods, sharing, avoiding overuse of the word no, learning to care for a pet, and instituting time-outs.
The foundation of the Whale Done approach is respect. It emphasizes communication and praise rather than obedience and punishment—this is not some Pavlovian primer. Whale Done is much more than a set of techniques; it is a way of looking at people and seeing the best that is in them. Great leaders, saints, and sages have developed this skill. Since most of us are less advanced than those paragons, this book can serve as a guide for how to bring out the best in our children.
"If you want to raise good kids and see more smiling and less scolding in your household, read this book!"
~ Naomi Cramer Overton, president, Mothers of Preschoolers International
Category: Managing teams
Publication date: 2009
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.53(d)
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