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Whale Done Parenting: How to Make Parenting a Positive Experience for You and Your Kids

Posted Jan 21 2010 12:00am

“We long to be better parents who, with our kids, make a better world, and Whale Done Parenting helps us do just that. If you want to raise good kids and see more smiling and less scolding in your household, read this book!”

--Naomi Cramer Overton, President, Mothers of Preschoolers International


What does training killer whales have to do with raising children? As this engrossing parenting fable shows, the two occupations have more in common than you’d think. In Whale Done Parenting (Berrett-Koehler, £10.99 GBP / 11.99 Euros, January 2010), Ken Blanchard and his coauthors – including two veteran marine mammal trainers – show how advances in behavioural science and positive training concepts used at places like SeaWorld can be adapted to the sometimes frustrating challenges of parenting.

Short fables follow the story of parent and killer whale trainer-in-training Amy Sheldrake. She marvels at the complex behaviors her superiors are able to coax out of killer whales, while she and her husband struggle to make their beloved—and much smaller—son Josh obey what seem like the simplest rules. Her story demonstrates three essential lessons: set your child up for success, ignore failure and/or redirect bad behavior, and reward success.

Whale Done Parenting offers parents five simple principles, based in behavioural science and actual killer whale training techniques, to cultivate a positive, rewarding relationship with their children. Rooted in respect, the Whale Done technique guides parents in following bedtime routines, dealing with tantrums, introducing new foods, encouraging sharing, instituting time-outs, and avoiding the overuse of the word no. It emphasizes communication and praise rather than obedience and punishment, teaching not just parenting techniques, but also a way of looking at people and seeing what is best in them.

The Authors:

Ken Blanchard, is the author of several bestselling books, including Whale Done and The One Minute ManagerThad Lacinak has more than thirty-six years of marine mammal training and management experience and is Partner and Vice President of Behavioral Programs at Ocean Embassy. Chuck Tompkins has been working with marine mammals for thirty-two years, and is Corporate Curator of Zoological Operations for Busch Entertainment CorporationJim Ballard is an educator, corporate trainer, and writer who has coauthored four books with Ken Blanchard.

The Book

Whale Done Parenting is published by Berrett-Koehler and distributed by McGraw-Hill in Europe-(January 2010, £10.99 GBP / 11.99 Euros. ISBN 9781605093482, 148 pages, Paperback.)


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