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Behavior Makeover: Doesn't Listen

Makeover Pledge
How will you use the six tips and the Behavior Makeover Plan to help your kid achieve long-term change in listening? On the following lines, write exactly what you agree to do within the next twenty-four hours to begin your kid's behavior makeover.

Makeover Results
All behavior makeovers take hard work, constant practice, and parental reinforcement. Each step your kid takes toward change may be a small one, so be sure to acknowledge and congratulate every one of them along the way. It takes a minimum of twenty-one days to see real results, so don't give up too soon. Remember that if one strategy doesn't work, another will. Write your child's weekly progress on the lines below. Keep track of daily progress in your Makeover Journal.

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3


How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk, by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish (New York: Avon, 1982). A practical, highly readable book for helping parents learn to communicate more effectively with their kids.

Cool Communication, by Andrea Frank Henkart and Journey Henkart (New York: Perigee, 1998). A much-needed perspective told from both the parent and teen side on how to boost communication and understanding.

P.E.T. Parent Effectiveness Training, by Thomas Gordon (New York: Signet, 1975). A book that belongs on every parent's bookshelf. Gordon sets out a proven method to help improve communication between parents and their children.

Nobody Listens to Andrew, by Elizabeth Guilfoile (New York: Scholastic, 1967). A classic. Andrew tries to tell everyone there is a bear in his bed. The problem is that no one listens to him. Ages 4 to 7.

The Basic Connection, by Mary Micallef (Redding, Calif.: Good Apple, 1996). A nonfiction book with advice on good listening. Ages 5 to 11.

Dealing with Someone Who Won't Listen, by Lisa K. Adams (New York: Rosen Group, 1998). Explains to kids what to do when someone doesn't listen to them. Ages 5 to 10.

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From No More Misbehavin' by Michele Borba, Ed.D. Copyright © 2003 by Michele Borba. All rights reserved. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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