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  • A Handbook for Happy Families provides ideas for parents on 40 or more common problems with children of all ages. Dr John Irvine’s responses to these problems – which he encounters in his clinic, his public talks and on his Web advisory line – are arranged in three age groups: baby to preschool, primary school and high school years.In this book, Dr John – as he is widely known through his advice for parents on radio, the Internet and in newspapers – gives practical information on issues that perplex parents. His wit and wisdom help us laugh at the issues that anger us.

    A Handbook for Happy Families offers advice which first appeared in Dr John’s Coping with the Family but which has now been revised and expanded. This includes new information, more emphasis on having fun in your family and an expanded teenage section. The advice in this book is suitable for all family structures (including single, step and weekend) and for grandparents.

    One outstanding new inclusion is Dr John’s own clinically trialled and tested ‘Happy/Sad face discipline system’, which heals problems through remediation rather than by getting even or hurting back. It works well for all age groups and uses playful feedback and logical consequences to draw families closer together instead of driving them apart.

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