I first me Deborah Gilboa at a blogging conference. We hit it off immediately. She was one of the most down-to-earth people that I’ve ever met. It wasn’t until much later that weekend that I found out that she was a doctor. That’s just how cool she is. (Not to mention, she calls herself Dr. G. How cool is that?)
Since then, I’ve gone to Dr. G’s site several times for parenting advice and she’s been spot on each time with her parenting advice on my issues. One of the best things about her is that she doesn’t get all high and mighty with the “I AM DOCTOR, HEAR ME ROAR” attitude exhibited by some medical doctors dispensing advice. Instead, Dr. G has great tips that may even include some of the things that didn’t work for her. From her website, she provides practical advice for today’s parent … and that’s exactly what her book was like.
Get the Behavior You Want… Without Being the Parent You Hate!: Dr. G’s Guide to Effective Parenting by Deborah Gilboa discusses everyday situations that many parents will relate to. It is based around creating “respectful, responsible, and resilient children between the ages of 18 months and 12 years-without screaming or nagging.” (Sounds awesome, right?)
Dr. G’s book works as a step-by-step guide, using each chapter to understand how to eliminate the poor behaviors and replace them with the behaviors you want, without hating yourself and falling into parent guilt. Each chapter covers a specific topic–ranging from the more simple things. like table manners, all the way to more serious topics like discussing bad news with your kids.
One of my favorite things about the book is that Doctor G understands how busy parents are. There is no long, drawn-out, fluffy writing. Dr. G’s chapters are concise, but packed with information, which means I can read through one or two topics and get the information that I need while waiting for the kiddo at activities or even right before bed.
Written practically, but with humor, Dr. G just gets it. She’s so much like “just one of the moms” with her understanding, non-judgmental tone that you feel like she’s your next door neighbor and you’re talking to her over the fence about the kids. This is one parenting book you need to add to your library. You’ll find yourself referring back to it over and over as the kids age through the years. Trust me.