Parenting tools that work from the New York Times bestselling author of The ADD Answer and the chief content advisor for the Dr. Phil show
Bestselling author Dr. Frank Lawlis has provided thousands of parents with vital information they needed to confront their children's challenges. With his newest book, he turns his attention and expertise to bridging the divides that can come between kids and their parents.
Mending the Broken Bond leads parents through a 90-day program of practical steps and action plans toward building--or rebuilding--a positive, loving, and healthy bond with their children. Whether parents are faced with toddlers throwing temper tantrums, ten-year-olds who prefer videogames to talking, or rebellious teenagers, Dr. Lawlis presents sound solutions to repair relationships and regain a meaningful and lasting connection with their children.
Dr. Frank Lawlis has been featured on Dr. Phil, Good Morning America, and Larry King Live.
Author and psychologist Lawlis (also an adviser on the Dr. Phil television show) presents a three-month program designed to "restore the two-way flow of love between parents and children." Initially, Lawlis helps to "identify the original causes of a 'difficult child,' " offering sound solutions-perhaps as simple as cutting back a manic schedule: "Children of all ages need downtime." Next, Lawlis methodically leads participants through a series of chapters that help uncover a family's unique challenges, strengths and weaknesses, which point the way forward. Each phase of the program includes helpful quizzes and exercises to aid participants in identifying problems and reshaping their roles, responses and relationships. Topics are varied and occasionally innovative, including "Sour Brain Phenomenon" ("those minds that are crippled by chemical pollution of one sort or another"), the importance of "Nurturing Meals," and "Natural Healing Powers" (touch, scent) that anyone can practice. At times the self-help vocabulary is a little cloying, (e.g., "Feel it and Then Heal It," "Relating Not Dictating"), but Lawlis' reassuring voice and fully-fleshed program, coupled with frequent examples of family success stories, offer effective ideas for disconnected families.