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Download Taking "No" for an Answer and Other Skills Children Need: 50 Games to Teach Family Skills (Tools for Everyday Parenting) epub

by Laurie Simons M.A.,Dave Garbot

Filled with more than 50 games designed to improve family relationships and social interactions, this book will help parents teach their children 12 basic skills—including listening, making appropriate requests, following directions, problem solving, and respecting boundaries—that will reduce sibling rivalries, eliminate whining and tantrums, stop interruptions, and decrease arguing, backtalk, and insults. The games are presented in an easy-to-follow recipe format and are accompanied by engaging illustrations. This is an excellent guide for preventing common family problems before they happen. A downloadable activity guide is available at no charge on the Parenting Press website (
Download Taking "No" for an Answer and Other Skills Children Need: 50 Games to Teach Family Skills (Tools for Everyday Parenting) epub
ISBN: 1884734448
ISBN13: 978-1884734441
Category: Parenting
Subcategory: Family Activities
Author: Laurie Simons M.A.,Dave Garbot
Language: English
Publisher: Parenting Press (January 1, 2000)
Pages: 128 pages
ePUB size: 1733 kb
FB2 size: 1799 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 180
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Good book!
On the recommendation of our attachment therapist, I bought this book of games to use with my 11-year-old adopted daughter with reactive attachment disorder. The book focuses on 12 skills learned between the ages of 2 - 12 years and each set of skill building games builds on the previous skill.

I was surprised at how much I learned simply from reading the introduction and the section introductions. We are still playing games in the first couple of sections, but they have been a BIG hit. My daughter has really enjoyed the games and asked to play them again. She has begun to use some of the skills too. They have been easy to integrate into daily life.

Two things to note: 1) You will need to figure out where your kids are developmentally (not age) and where there are gaps in their skills. The book gives some ideas to help you figure it out. 2) A lot of the games work better with a family of at least three or four (I'm a single parent of one), so I am either adapting them or inviting others to play with us.

The skills and sections:
1. Feeling safe and relaxed, trusting
2. Respecting boundaries
3. Making requests
4. Listening
5. Taking no for and answer
6. Following directions
7. Acknowledging others
8. Planning
9. Making and keeping agreements
10. Cooperating
11. Solving problems
12. Resolving conflicts
This book suggests 50 activities for parents to teach children to feel safe & relaxed, respect boundaries, make requests, listen, take no for an answer, follow directions, acknowledge others, plan, make/keep agreements, cooperate, solve problems, and resolve conflict. Some of the games are original and useful, but many require two adults and various materials. Also, if you're a counselor buying this book, keep in mind that you'll probably have to tweak the activity to make it age-appropriate. And don't expect these activities to use up very much time.
Taking "No" For An Answer And Other Skills Children Need is a compendium of fifty quick and lively games and activities designed to bring peace and harmony to a family household. There are learning and behavioral games to help children learn how to comply with parental requests, take "no" for an answer, keep the agreements they make, solve their own problems, get along with siblings, and much, much more! If you only have time to read one "how to" book on parenting, make it Laurie Simon's Taking "No" For An Answer.
I bought this hoping to use it at home with my third grader, and then thinking I could take it to school to use with some of the elementary students I work with as a school counselor. I was disappointed in the description not matching my needs/expectations. I feel it is for families or preschools to use with preschool age children. The games would fall flat with my family and a lot of the kids I work with for being too young/immature.