Three Steps to Easy Parenting
How to Raise Smarter, Happier,
More Responsible Children
. . . by Doing Less
and resilient children?
Would you also like life
with your kids to be easy
Hello, I am Harvey Merriam, author of Three Steps to Easy Parenting. If I could travel back in time and give my younger self one gift, I would give myself this book. It would make my life back then so much easier, and my children’s lives would be easier too.
When I discovered I was going to be a parent, more than forty years ago, I had just been through a very difficult time, and I worried that I might not be ready to raise a child. Luckily I remembered something: three years earlier I had encountered two remarkable children, the two happiest, most intelligent, most serene people I had ever met. I decided to learn how they had been raised, and I soon realized that my success as a parent would depend more on what I did than on who I was. I did what I needed to do, and my parenting turned out to be a wonderful, rewarding, and often amazing experience. People noticed how happy and well-adjusted my son was, and began asking me to tell them my secret.
I still had difficulties though—I was missing one of the three steps. When my first child was seven I discovered the missing step. My child became even happier and even more resilient, and from then on my parenting got easier and easier.
Partly through luck and partly through long and persistent searching, I had found a new way of parenting, a reliable way to raise exceptionally happy, resilient, and cooperative children, children who seldom stray from the “default settings” they were born with: abundant intelligence, curiosity, confidence, and kindness, and almost unlimited energy and optimism.
I began to dream of writing a book to share what I had learned, so that future parents could avoid some of my mistakes and have even better parenting experiences than I was having. When my first child was eighteen, I decided to write this book, and now, twenty-two years later, it is finally done.
The ideas in Three Steps to Easy Parenting are unorthodox. Most readers wonder at first if the approach can possibly work—it seems too easy, the results seem too good to be true, and in some ways the approach is very different from what they grew up with. As they continue reading, though, they realize they are learning a reliable way to raise exceptionally happy, resilient, cooperative, and responsible children. They know their kids will thrive, and they learn to relax, stop worrying, and enjoy their children’s wonderful company.
How to Get Better Results by Doing Less
All three steps toward easy parenting involve doing less:
Step One – Less Harshness
It is possible to raise children with zero harshness and zero punishment, and at the same time raise exceptionally smart, kind, and happy children. Three Steps to Easy Parenting will show you how to do this.
With Step One, you can reliably prevent aggression, fighting, bullying, stealing, lying, anxiety, sibling rivalry, loss of motivation, loss of confidence, and loss of intelligence. With the help of Step Two, you can also cure these conditions.
“ . . . very fascinating!” - Erin Carman, Radio WGN 720, Chicago
Step Two – Less Interruption of Crying
Crying functions as both a distress signal and an emotional healing process. Parents treat both kinds of crying as distress signals, and as a result they persistently interrupt healing crying. Three Steps to Easy Parenting will show you how to support emotional healing and raise exceptionally resilient children, children who bounce right back from hurts and disappointments. If you are new to the approach, you will be amazed by the results.
With Step Two, you can reliably prevent and cure fussiness, whining, sulkiness, surliness, spoiling, psychological addictions, and most sleep disturbances, as well as chronic sadness, timidity, shyness, anger, boredom, guilt, shame, and embarrassment.
“Where was this when my kids were growing up? . . . an excellent read!” - Ric Bratton, This Week in America
Step Three – Less Control
Unnecessary control hampers children’s development. It slows the development of judgment and wisdom, and it triggers rebellion, turning a cooperative relationship into an adversarial one. Three Steps to Easy Parenting will show you how to raise exceptionally cooperative, responsible, and self-motivated children. They will run their own lives so well that control would only get in their way.
With Step Three, you can reliably prevent apathy, rebellion, secretiveness, susceptibility to peer pressure, loss of cooperation, and loss of curiosity, as well as terrible twos and awful adolescence. With the help of Step Two, you can also cure these conditions.
” . . . honors the reality of all involved . . . straightforward and brilliant!”
- Sylvia Button
Who This Book Is For
This book benefits every person who reads it, but it is of most value to parents of young children. The earlier you read it, the better, because it is easier to prevent problems than to cure them.
Costs and Benefits
Each hour you spend reading Three Steps to Easy Parenting will save you many hours of frustration and worry and bring you many hours of satisfaction and joy. Your children will thrive, your relationship with them will be easy and fun, and your most optimistic notions about children and human nature will be confirmed.
All the best, Harvey
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