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When Your Kids Push Your Buttons
And What You Can Do About It

by Bonnie Harris

If you're a parent, you know the feeling. In one moment, with one sentence, a certain look, or a defiant act, your kid pushes your buttons—and you react in a way that you will later regret. In this beautiful, wise, and deeply insightful book, family counselor Bonnie Harris shows you how to defuse parenting "road rage"—and end the action-and-reaction cycle between you and your child once and for all.

Whether you're a parent of an eighteen-month-old or an eighteen-year-old, you'll discover why certain behaviors just seem to drive you crazy. Revealing how the anger of both kids and parents contain hidden messages, this book offers you tools and techniques to gain control of your emotions, see situations differently, react calmly and effectively when your children misbehave, and, most of all, give your kids the help they may really be asking for.

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When Your Kids Push Your Buttons is available in a 6 CD set only through this website for $29.95 plus shipping. It includes a 7th CD with pdf files of the exercises from the book.
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Based on hundreds of real-life family situations, When Your Kids Push Your Buttons follows a few clear principles and uses insightful self-awareness exercises to show you:
  • Why your hot spots usually have more to do with your relationship with your parents than with your children
  • Why your own hidden agendas, standards, and assumptions as a parent may be pushing your children to act out
  • How to address specific behavior problems, not by getting angry, but by offering new solutions
  • How to break free of the past, start parenting with a clean slate, and connect with your children
With compassion and clarity, When Your Kids Push Your Buttons is the rare self-help book that offers the possibility of real and lasting change. Effective and inspiring, here is a guide to treating our children with the respect and acceptance they need, and with the wisdom and patience we desire.

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© Bonnie Harris, LLC | 603.924.6639 | bh@bonnieharris.com

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"I just finished the "Buttons" book. I have to admit it was the first nonfiction book I've read through since college. It has totally changed the way I parent. It's so much more pleasant to be a parent now. I'm calmer, better focused, and better prepared to handle things. My 9-year-old and I have a much better relationship. We are better able to communicate and actually think about the other person."
—mother of a nine & two-year-old
"You don't realize what a godsend your book is. I was lent your book by a friend, and let me say, you have hit the nail on the head!!! I am the mother of a spirited four year old daughter, and have struggled for a while. I cannot tell you emphatically enough how your book is helping me…it has moved me to tears more than once. Never more have I understood "the child is the father to the man."
—mother of a four-year-old
"I have read your book and already the thinking has changed in our home — and both my husband and I are trying to deal with the emotion behind the behavior rather than just the behavior - and it helps. We've had a couple of real shining moments and many with more clarity than we've had in a long while. I feel hopeful!"
—mother of two boys, 8 & 11
"I just finished reading "When Kids Push Your Buttons…" and I am so glad that I did! I was laughing on page one… I am a doctoral level psychologist in Massachusetts with a 2 year old son who has been pushing my buttons so badly I've perceived myself as a terrible parent. I need to re-read the book with a highlighter in my hand. I will definitely recommend to parents I see in my practice."
—psychologist & mother of a two-year-old
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