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  • By: Joe Newman
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  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (56 ratings)

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Raising Lions

By: Joe Newman
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Summary

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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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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Spot on

The simple concepts of this book could make the world a more better place. The omnipotent identity is something I never thought of… until now! Thanks

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An incredible book

What every parent and teacher needs right here right now! Amazing examples of how to parent and teach in this new era of child empowerment. Our kids need this more than ever before.

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Valid points, light bulb moments and a must read

a must listen for anyone who interacts with children, parents, teachers, carers. so much sense, practical, realistic advice and proven results. since listening to this book my household is a much calmer, cooperative one and that is down to the changes i have made to my parenting and the change in my outlook on the subject. i only wish this audio book was part of the teacher training plan as I feel it would hugely benefit the overall classroom experience.

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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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Brilliant

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

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Must read.

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

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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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  • Megan Shank
  • 06-04-20

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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  • Brady
  • 13-07-20

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-04-20

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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  • Michael
  • 13-02-22

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-11-19

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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  • Kayla Mitchell
  • 14-01-23

Breath of fresh air

In this climate of parenting, its nice to have a action based plan to implement with my strong willed children, who don't respond well to talking and explaining over and over.

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  • Nicole
  • 01-12-21

game changer

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

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  • Ashley Pruett
  • 14-11-21

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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  • Tristan Stiles
  • 27-01-23

Discipline Guidance For All Parents

As a parent and family medicine clinician, this will be a book I recommend to friends, parents, and patients. I appreciate the common sense advice and also the fresh perspective of avoiding diagnosing children with “conditions” of ADD and ADHD, when really it’s a simple fix of behavior and perspective that leads to obedient, happy, selfless children that will grow into healthy loving adults!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-01-23

Phenomenal book for Parents/Caretakers/Teachers

Phenomenal book. Great tools to have as a parent and/or teacher. Easy read. Examples were so relatable that it made it that much more interesting to see what was going to happen. Definitely recommend this book.