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The Road to Positive Discipline: A Parent's Guide


 About The Author

James C. Talbot


Shortly after being awarded a full scholarship to Oberlin College in 1970, I read a book entitled, Summerhill: A Radical Approach to Child Rearing, by A.S. Neill. It was an experience that changed my life. I found it impossible to deny Neillís logic, his reason, his love of children, and his level of humanity. As a result, my understanding of Child Behavior was greatly enhanced and proved to be the beginning of a long career.

I married my second wife and had two wonderful children who we raised together. While in college, I played drums with The Fable, an incredible rock band in the Cleveland area, and graduated from Oberlin College in 1972. My post-graduate studies were conducted at Adelphi University, Case Western Reserve, Bowling Green University, and the University of Northern Colorado, while maintaining a 3.8 G.P.A.

My professional endeavors have included being a social worker, teaching at an alternative high school, youth counselor, group coun≠selor, attempting to found an alternative boarding school, serving as the Executive Director of the Sandusky Valley Board of Drug Abuse, Activity Therapist and Instructor at a private school for the severely de≠velopmentally handicapped, college counselor, an expert parenting website author, and childcare consultant. One could say that Iíve been around the block once or twice.

Why this book? After over twelve years of surfing various parenting websites, and posting/writing as a child advocate, Iíve come to the con≠clusion that a vast number of parents simply lack a sound understanding as to why children do what they do. The consequence of this too often results in parents displaying a lack of patience and tolerance in their parenting practices. This is often coupled with a strong orientation toward punishments as a parental teaching method.

It has been these attitudes and perspectives toward child rearing that have served as a major obstacle in my efforts to encourage parents to adopt positive methods of discipline. Iíd like nothing better than to help change these attitudes and perspectives toward children.

In the name of Child Abuse Prevention, I have spent a good deal of time debating the practice of spanking, which is the major factor associated with reported cases of child abuse involving physical injury. If parents can be persuaded to discard this form of punishment, they will find themselves open to alternative forms of discipline. Hence, one will find that I have much to say related to this method of punishment.

I feel itís important to point-out that I enjoyed an advantage over A.S. Neill. Where he took-in troubled older children and developed his views over many years of observation, I was able (with the help of their mother) to employ his child rearing philosophy (self-regulation) from the time my two younger children were born. The re≠sult was a wonderful parenting experience. Itís often heard said that raising kids is a hard job. Iíd love to help change that opinion.

Recently, I was fortunate enough to have been awarded 'Platinum Author' status as a writer for Ezine.com., an online magazine site. In addition, I was honored to receive an invitation to sit on the Board of Advisors of a newly formed Child Advocacy organization in New York City.

I am also on the board of advisors for EndhittingUSA.org U.S. Alliance to End the Hitting of Children.

I should also note as a point of interest that my son Brian edited this book.

Thank you for your interest,

James C. Talbot





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