Friday, May 14, 2010

Kids Are Worth It: Book Review & Giveaway

About The Book:

Featuring a new Introduction by bestselling author Barbara Coloroso, this parenting classic is set to teach a new generation of parents the importance of treating kids with dignity and respect. Rejecting the “quick fix” solutions of punishment and reward, Barbara uses everyday family situations—from sibling rivalry to teenage rebellion—to demonstrate sound strategies for giving children the inner discipline and self-confidence that will help them become responsible, resourceful, resilient, and compassionate adults.

About The Author:

Barbara Coloroso is an internationally recognized speaker and author in the areas of parenting, teaching, school discipline, nonviolent conflict resolution, reconciliatory justice, and grieving. Her bestselling books include kids are worth it! , Parenting through Crisis, and The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander

My Review:

Barbara Coloroso is one of my favorite authors. I have had the pleasure of seeing her speak at an Early Childhood Education conference a number of years ago and I use many of her discipline techniques with my own children. This book should be one that all parents read. In it you will learn the difference between discipline and punishment and get some awesome discipline techniques that really work!

Through Coloroso's work I have learned the following about discipline (these are the premise for her book, Kids Are Worth It):

1. Kids are worth it
2. I will not treat a child in a way I myself would not want to be treated
3. If it works, and leaves my child's and my own dignity in place, then do it.

She also goes into great detail about six life messages we must give our children, by modeling them to our children:

1. I Believe In You
2. I Trust In You
3. I Know You can handle this
4. You are listened to
5.You are cared for
6. You are very important to me.

This book is full of advice and illustrations to help you build a strong and healthy parent-child relationship, regardless of how old your child is. One piece of advice Coloroso gave that I love (and do) is to give yourself a half hour each day to model to your children that you like you! Take some time for yourself, says Coloroso, because you are worth it, and you can't teach your child that if you don't believe it yourself!!! Awesome!!! 

If we take the time to teach these lessons from Coloroso to our children, we are guaranteed that our children will be able to handle any situation that comes at them. We as parents are not perfect, but Coloroso gives some great advice to help us be the best we, and our children, can be!

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase this book online, directly through Penquin Book Group. It is also available through your favorite local bookseller.

WIN IT: Three (3) readers will win a copy of Kids Are Worth It by Barbara Coloroso

TO ENTER: Tell me one discipline technique that works for you



***Thank you to Penguin Books Canada for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review on this blog***


  1. Thanks for this excellent giveaway. This book sounds invaluable. A discipline technique was just being consistent and understanding. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. This book sounds great! My first isn't a year old yet so we haven't really started disciplining. Would love some advice on some effective ways!

  3. I use time-out and have a wooden spoon. I am learning that no matter what technique I use, consistency is definitely the key!

    mandy-burkett at sbcglobal dot net

  4. A discipline technique that works for us is taking away a privilege.

  5. One that works for us is remaining calm regardless of what happens. If I get all angry, she stops listening and the discipline is not as effective


  6. As a classroom teacher, I do not yell at my students and especially not at my daughter. When the situation gets tense, I talk in a regular voice. This also works when they are not paying attention and are talking. They have to quit yelling or quit talking to be able to hear.

    Of course, having someone come in after school and clean under the desks usually gets the message through the first time. After cleaning about three desks with petrified gum, they will learn not to do that again.

    Thank you,


    PS Parents may not always agree with these methods, but lack of support from the administration and parents have driven me to have to handle my own discipline. I am tired of teachers not being supported and not being respected.

  7. we put my one year old daughte on a one minute time out when she is being naughty

  8. I make them sit quietly for 1 minute for each year old they are. They can't have any fun until they have given me this time.

  9. I don't have a technique and that is why I'm intrigued by this book! Seriously, I'm learning new ways and think it's time to make changes, that said, I have found that after "punishment," I hug my daughter and then talk with her about what happened, and ask if she understands why I corrected her. i'm also new to posting comments! Hope this was done corrcetly! (admjunkmail at yahoo dot com)