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Current child-rearing techniques seek to develop children who are confident, self-assured, and unafraid to speak their minds-lions instead of lambs. Although largely positive, this shift has brought with it some very serious problems in our children's behavior. Without going back to an authoritarian model, Joe Newman has developed new ways of helping children develop the ability to self-regulate without undermining their confidence, and individuality.

“One of the best books on child-rearing. Joe Newman describes a cultural shift that has reinforced anxiety and behavior disorders in children by negating parental authority. Even more important, he provides specific, non-punitive ways for parents to help their kids by taking back their authority. Filled with examples and experiences from the author’s own life as a child with A.D.H.D., the book is a treasure-trove of useful information.” (Barry Michels, psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author of The Tools)

“This book is packed with useful information. It is an insightful and practical guide for managing children. I would recommend it to any parent.” (L. Alan Sroufe, Professor Emeritus Ph.D. University of Minnesota)

Raising Lions challenges us to re-examine our interactions and relationships with children, re-think the root causes of behavior problems, and find new ways to support healthy, happy development.

For over 20 years Joe Newman has worked with children, parents, teachers, and administrators to help them understand and improve child behavior.

©2010 Joe Newman (P)2019 Joe Newman

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Perfect timing for our two-year old

Immediately actionable advice. Compassionate, sensible, strong parenting advice. Just started putting it into practice bit it worked immediately.

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Never read your own book.

I made it a total of 2 minutes before I couldn’t stand the reader. He has some sort of speech impediment (not trying to be a jerk about it) and I just couldn’t handle his flat tone. They have performers reading books for a reason. Authors should stick to writing and leave the preforming to the professionals. I was really looking forward to listening to this book to help me raise better kids.... guess I’ll have to look for another book because I can’t make it through this.

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Wish my parents would have had this book.

A must read for every parent. I wish my parents had this when I was growing up. Answered a lot of questions that I had about my childhood. And me a lot of help with my kids.

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Sensible without being naive

I disliked the title of this book— it felt like the author or the publisher was reaching too hard to develop a catchy name for “difficult kids”. I also don’t think I fully agree with the author’s assertion that today’s kids are somehow qualitatively different from kids 20-30 years ago, but neither I nor the author have any sources to cite for that.

But with that said, I liked the rest of this book. It’s a really gentle, sensible approach to dealing with children being difficult. Overall the approach is to always do what you say, use immediate and short consequences, and always empower the child to turn their own day around. They need to know that you will follow through with your consequences, that the consequences are proportionate to the action, and that once the “time is served” they can develop the muscles to make better behavior decisions.

Newman’s approach centralizes the importance of time outs, although he has re-named them “short breaks” in this edition. I think that probably appeals to parents who don’t like the “sorry Timmy, I can’t let you do that” approach of stricter new age parenting suggestions. He’s careful to limit the duration and make sure you’re around the child, to avoid the “abandonment” issues that other parenting strategies report.

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Every parent should read this!

I am a pediatric occupational therapist, and the principles of this book have been incredibly valuable to my practice. Bottom line- it works. I’m so glad I read this before having kids of my own. Thanks Joe!

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game changer

this info has really helped us to work with our child with ADHD behaviors.

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He hits the nail on the head with this book

If you have a strong willed child you will discipline your child better with more patience and understanding after reading this book. This author has a way of delivering the message in a very effective way and presents a real life story from a child he worked with attached to each point. He does not forget the details when retelling about these children he has worked with and the stories of the tantrums were spot on with my strong willed child. This book helped me understand my own behavior and that of my 2nd son, and resulted in a breakthrough for me as I have battled my own nature with behavior and also being a breakthrough with being able to nurture and love my child while disciplining with compassion. Thank you so much for writing this book. I love the verbal jui jujitsu concept.

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Wonderful

Loved the book amazing information, as a person in management where I deal with teenagers I can see that these techniques are not used and avoiding the hand is more often used now a days.

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Excellent listen

I really enjoyed how this book applies to not only extremely behavioral challenged kids, but also your run of the mill kids that don’t listen well.
I haven’t yet tried this approach on any of my 4 children, however I fully intend to. Might take another listen to really drive the points home but I’m willing to try anything that will help not only my children, but my wife and I gain that relationship of respect and tranquility we all deserve.
The reader’s voice takes a little to get used to but after a while you learn to appreciate the soothing tone shown throughout the book.

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Why is it the terrible 3’s and 4’s now instead of the terrible 2’s?

This book makes so much sense and fills in a lot of gaps that other parenting books fail to explain or help with.

Firstly, we want to raise lions.

But how do you help your child have a strong self-image, assert themselves, and still behave and get along with others? This book tells you how.

The middle of the book shows how this system works on some of the most difficult cases… so if you have a very difficult case or this is what you do professionally the whole thing is fantastic. If you have a good kid that’s hard to control and you’re worried about how to help them thrive, at least listen to the first few chapters and chapter 9-end.

Be compassionate. Be firm. And look elsewhere for the positive reinforcement that generates good habits.

This book is all about how to correct by being a coach and helping the child come to grips with their own power and how that interacts well with everyone else.

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  • 03-24-20

phenomenal

loved it and could stop listening. if there was/is follow on to this I'd get it! what an insight to behaviour and methods to develop young people

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  • Megan G
  • 06-30-20

Cause and effect - fab!

Loved this - firm foundation for consequence based parenting to raise strong willed children. My toddler is already taking the lessons on board through practise of Joe's teachings.

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  • Jai Congiu
  • 06-08-20

Brilliant

we will put his method into practice. I wish I found this book sooner

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  • Georgia
  • 04-24-20

Must read.

Amazing book and even better through audio. This is a must read for any teacher or parent.

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  • 04-04-20

Amazing book

I recommend anyone with children. Who works with children or is thinking about it should read this book. I feel like I’ve learned so much about not only what my child wants and needs but how I’ve been failing to meet those demands.

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  • Fiona Smith
  • 05-26-21

Old school discipline

Sadly this book pushes a very archaic parenting style. It’s all about ‘time out’ and the will of the adult forcing itself over the will of the child. Very old school. Having said that I did find a few gems and in here.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-05-21

Techniques that work

This audible really made me not want to stop listening. An eye opener listen, to the different phases of a child’s development and great techniques I’ve now implemented into my own parenting. I especially liked how he gave detailed scenarios, as well as the importance of the type of words to use when dealing with children and their behaviour. Thanks Joe Newman.

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  • Anna
  • 01-04-21

Best advice and clear directs there is.

I could go on about this book in so many ways.
How I identified myself as a child in his examples and how I would have benefited from this kid of action instead of being suppressed or largely left to my own devices.
How my little lion has always been testing his power and all the ways the other method over used where ineffective.
And how all how this worked for all three of my children who have very different personalities 11 (lion) 9 (lamb) 1.5 (lion cub) haha even on him!
But best of yet it so eloquently articulated all the things I had always believed and tried to do and couldn't convey to my husband who was inadvertently making things worse and landing us on totally different pages from where we started.
A short audiobook listened together in a car ride and our house is 100% more harmonious and can get on with enjoyment and gratitude for the hard work we all put into our children while letting them be who they are.
Thanks endlessly Joe not just for me but all the kids out there who don't have to be in anguish.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-06-20

Great parenting book for strong willed children

This has changed the way I parent and am thankful for it. I would recommend listening to the whole book before implementing the strategies to ensure best success.