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The Parent's Handbook

The Parent's Handbook
Systematic Training for Effective Parenting






STEP Publishers

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ISBN: 9780979554209
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About the Book

One of the country's most popular parenting guides. Helps parents meet the challenges of raising a family today. The Parent's Handbook shows parents how they can become more knowledgeable, confident and successful in relating to their children. Discusses misbehavior, communication, encouragement, natural and logical consequences, family meetings, drug and alcohol abuse prevention.

The STEP approach to parenting is based on the belief that every child and every parent has equal human worth and dignity. All are entitled to mutual respect.  The system of discipline taught in STEP stresses this type of relationship.   The authors believe that parents should provide opportunities for children to make decisions, within limits, allowing children to be responsible for their decisions.

Other skills that are taught:

  • identifying the four goals of misbehavior
  • understanding  beliefs and feelings
  • encouraging  your child and yourself
  • reflective listening and I messages
  • helping children cooperate
  • discipline that makes sense

Each chapter has activities titled “This Week”, “Just for You” and “For Your Family”.  When you study and apply the STEP ideas, you are on your way to becoming a more effective parent, building a happy home.

There is a Spanish edition of this book available: Guía para los padres.


Don Dinkmeyer (Author)
Don Dinkmeyer, Sr., PhD (1924-2001), was a pioneer in the fields of elementary school counseling, Adlerian psychotherapy, classroom guidance, parent education, group counseling and marriage enrichment. He authored and co-authored 35 books and 125... Read more

Books by Don Dinkmeyer

Gary McKay (Author)
Gary D. McKay, PhD (Tucson, Arizona) is the co-author of twelve books and programs, including How You Feel is Up To You, Raising Respectful Kids In a Rude World and Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP), the world's leading parent... Read more

Books by Gary McKay

Don Dinkmeyer (Author)
Don Dinkmeyer, Jr., PhD, NCC, is co-author of the STEP (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting) parent education programs. He has also co authored numerous educational programs such as Systematic Training for Effective Teaching (STET),... Read more

Books by Don Dinkmeyer


“The STEP handbook is an easy-to-read guide with practical ideas that will help parents raise a confident and responsible child. It's a winner!”
a parent educator, Melbourne, Florida

“The Parent's Handbook is one of the most useful pieces of parenting literature I have seen.”
a family counselor, Boulder, Colorado

“The Parent'a Handbook has given me an entirely new perspective on how to deal with my children, as well as my husband.”
a parent, Saratoga Springs, New York

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