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  • Published: 18 October 2002
  • ISBN: 9781869415143
  • Imprint: Random House NZ
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $30.00
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Of Course I Love You... Now Go to Your Room!

Strategies for Raising Toddlers to Teens In New Zealand




Top family therapist Diane Levy gives clear parenting guidelines in this bestselling title

Top family therapist Diane Levy gives clear parenting guidelines in this bestselling title. This book presents a modern approach to parenting. Diane Levy believes children must be taught to experience and handle their emotions and they must learn self-discipline. She also believes that it takes about twenty years to raise a child. Within that twenty years, you will have taught - or led your child towards the teaching of all the skills they will need to function in the world away from home.

Levy's approach to parenting has two main tenets: Emotional Support and Limit Setting. The first responsibility of parents is to give children emotional support so that they will have the courage to have the experiences and do the learning that they need to become emotionally independent adults. The second responsibility is to set suitable boundaries and expectations so that they can safely tread the path from undisciplined babies to self-disciplined adults.

Diane Levy uses her approach to parenting in the context of modern society. In many families both parents work, and many parents work and raise children single-handedly; in order to establish a good family structure clear boundaries must exist between parent and child.

She discusses specific issues, such as sibling rivalry, bullying and nasty habits. Readers may dip into the book to find immediate help for problems with sleeping, eating and toilet training. Sex education and strategies for coping with teenagers are also covered; with the last part of the book summing up simple parenting strategies.

  • Pub date: 18 October 2002
  • ISBN: 9781869415143
  • Imprint: Random House NZ
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $30.00

About the Author

Diane Levy

Diane Levy, bestselling author of parenting books, is a highly successful family therapist, counsellor, parenting coach and speaker. She is in great demand as a speaker and regularly addresses Early Childhood groups, school groups (at all levels) and related parenting organisations. Diane regularly writes for Kiwi Families, Littlies magazine, the New Zealand Woman’s Weekly, and The Parenting Place.

Her bestselling books include: Of Course I Love You . . . Now Go To Your Room!; They Look So Lovely When They’re Asleep; and Time Out for Tots, Teens and Everyone In Between. She had her own television series, Demons to Darlings, had a regular parenting slot on Radio Rhema, and was a key contributor to Littlies’ The Book of Answers.

Her modern approach to parenting instructs parents to use emotional support and limit-setting to help their children to experience and handle their emotions and learn self-discipline, and who turn out as children who are pleasant to be with and whose parents enjoy their company.

Karin de la Rey, reviewing Of Course I Love You … in Healthy Options, wrote: ‘I can honestly say I wish I had read this book many moons ago. Diane Levy’s writing style is entertaining … with practical solutions to everyday problems. … Soon-to-be parents, parents and grandparents should all make the effort and read this book, which is written with insight and love — it’s hard to put down once you have started.’

Hawke’s Bay Today called it ‘an informative and entertaining read for all parents and caregivers’, while Essentially Food described how Levy ‘offers new insights in the context of modern society, with single-parent families and situations where both parents work’, concluding: ‘Essential reading for all parents and caregivers!’

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