“There’s praise, and there’s encouragement, and your kids are smart enough to know the difference.”  Do you?

Have a New Kid by Friday, the newest book by Dr. Kevin Leman, author of previous parenting classics such as The Birth Order Book and Making Children Mind without Losing Yours, promises to change your child’s attitude, behavior, and character in just five days.  Sound too good to be true?  Well, dozens of parents who’ve tried it testify at the end of each chapter as to how their toddlers and teenagers alike have changed by using Dr. Leman’s tactics.

Half of the book is given to detailed instructions for each day of Dr. Leman’s challenge, Monday through Friday.  Parenting principles like “never threaten your kids,” “don’t give any warnings,” “always follow through,” or “keep a happy face on, even when you want to . . . do something else” are explained and even guaranteed to work.

The “Ask Dr. Leman” section is an alphabetical listing of over one hundred child-behavior topics with advice and an action plan for parental response, not just reaction.  Dr. Leman’s gleeful anticipation of what he calls “Fun Day,” the day you launch your plan, and his sense of humor help to alleviate parental anxiety, panic and desperation.  What’s more, Have a New Kid by Friday promises that parents, too, will have a change of attitude and behavior.  In fact, it’s imperative that they do.

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