NO: WHY KIDS OF ALL AGES NEED TO HEAR IT AND WAYS PARENTS CAN SAY IT
by David Walsh, Ph. D
Publisher Simon and Schuster/Free Press, January 2007
Bestselling author of WHY Do They Act That Way? Dr. David Walsh writes
the book his readers have been asking him for: how and when to say no to
your kids—and make it stick.
No. It’s not just a one-word answer, it’s a parenting strategy. By saying no
when they need to, parents help their children learn skills, such as
self-reliance, self-discipline, respect, integrity, the ability to delay
gratification, and a host of other crucial character traits. Although the
importance of no should be obvious, many parents have a hard time saying it
when other parents and the culture around them are being permissive, even
when they know they should.
Now renowned psychologist Dr. David Walsh provides parents with an arsenal
of tactics, explanations, and examples for using no the right way with their
kids. By applying these techniques, parents will regain confidence in their
own judgment and ability to say no. Dr. Walsh explains that regaining the
ability to say No is not only important for our kids’ well-being but
essential for our country’s economic future.
Other parenting books broach the topics of tough love and discipline, but
only No offers the lively voice, warm wisdom, science made simple, and
breadth of knowledge that readers have come to expect from Dr. Walsh. With
down-to-earth advice that can be put into practice immediately—and affecting
and humorous anecdotes to illustrate central points and remind readers that
they’re not alone—No gives parents real, effective strategies for helping
their children grow up healthy and happy.
“Dr. Dave Walsh is the kind of guy you wish lived down the block (or,
perhaps, down the hall), so you could have ready access to his wise,
compassionate advice. Having this book by your bedside is a close second.
His clear, thoughtful, real-world suggestions for how parents can best set
loving limits will forever change the way you think about discipline and
will make a significant, positive difference in your family’s quality of
-- Ann Pleshette Murphy, Good Morning America’s parenting expert and
author of The 7 Stages of Motherhood: Loving Your Life Without Losing
"Dr. Walsh's new book arrives in the Land of Immediate Gratification just in
time. In it, he discusses discipline and self-restraint from neurological,
developmental, familial, and cultural points of view. Walsh is an excellent
scientist and cultural observer who gives sage, sensitive, and practical
advice. No should be required reading for every parent who walks out of a
hospital with a newborn."
-- Mary Pipher, author of Reviving Ophelia
“A comprehensive guide, it is not just about how to say No, but gives sound,
practical advice that will help parents raise considerate, motivated
children who will succeed in school, jobs, and life. The chapter on
self-esteem alone is worth the price of the book. No will help today's
parents avoid raising the next Generation Me.”
-- Jean Twenge, PhD, professor of psychology, San Diego State
University, author of Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More
Confident, Assertive, Entitled , and More Miserable Than Ever Before
David Walsh, Ph.D., is one of the most sought-after speakers in American
education. President and founder of the National Institute on Media and the
Family in Minneapolis, he is an award-winning psychologist, author of seven
books, television personality, and the subject of a nationally televised PBS
special, Raising MediaWise Kids.
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THAT WAY... and No