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3.81703703703704 out of 53.81703703703704 out of 53.81703703703704 out of 53.81703703703704 out of 53.81703703703704 out of 5 3.82 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hal Edward Runkel Narrator: Hal Edward Runkel Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2007 ISBN: 9780739357217
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You Can Start a Revolution in Your Family . . . Tonight

ScreamFree Parenting is not just about lowering your voice. It’s about learning to calm your emotional reactions and learning to focus on your own behavior more than your kids’ behavior . . . for their benefit. Our biggest enemy as parents is not the TV, the Internet, or even drugs. Our biggest enemy is our own emotional reactivity. When we say we “lost it” with our kids, the “it” in that sentence is our own adulthood. And then we wonder why our kids have so little respect for us, why our kids seem to have all the power in the family.

It’s time to do it differently. And you can. You can start to create and enjoy the types of calm, mutually respectful, and loving relationships with your kids that you’ve always craved. You can begin to revolutionize your family, starting tonight.

Parenting is not about kids, it’s about parents.
If you’re not in control, then you cannot be in charge.
What every kid really needs are parents who are able to keep their cool no matter what.

Easier said than done? Not anymore, thanks to ScreamFree Parenting, the principle-based approach that’s inspiring parents everywhere to truly revolutionize their family dynamics. Moving beyond the child-centered, technique-based approaches that ultimately fail, the ScreamFree way compels you to:

focus on yourself
calm yourself down, and
grow yourself up

By staying calm and connected with your kids, you begin to operate less out of your deepest fears and more out of your highest principles, revolutionizing your relationships in the process.

ScreamFree Parenting
is not just another parenting book. It’s the first parenting
book that maintains—from beginning to end—that parenting is NOT about kids . . . it’s about parents. As parents pay more attention to controlling their own behavior instead of their kids’ behavior, the result is stronger, more rewarding, and more fulfilling family relationships.

For those of you reading who are parents, know parents, or have had parents, the notion that the greatest thing you can do for your children is to learn to focus on yourself may sound strange, even heretical. It’s not. Here’s why: we are the only ones we can control. We cannot control our kids—we cannot control the behavior of any other human being. And yet, so many “experts” keep giving us more tools (“techniques”) to help us try to do just that. And, of course, the more we try to control, the more out of control our children become.

“Don’t make me come up there.” “Don’t make me pull this car over.” “How many times do I have to tell you?” Even our language suggests that our kids have control over us.
It’s no wonder that we end up screaming. Or shutting down. Or simply giving up. And the charts, refrigerator magnets, family meetings, and other techniques in most typical parenting books just don’t work. They end up making us feel more frustrated and more powerless in this whole parenting thing.

This practical, effective guide for parents of all ages with kids of all ages introduces proven principles for overcoming the anxieties and stresses of parenting and setting new patterns of connection and cooperation. Well-written in an engaging, conversational tone, the book is sensible, straightforward, and based on the experiences of hundreds of actual families. It will help all parents become calming authorities in their homes, bring peace to their families today, and give kids what they need to grow into caring, self-directed adults tomorrow. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Whew! What a relief—a fresh approach to parenting that eliminates the battles, the bickering, the frustrations and guilt while allowing children the space to learn and grow. It’s inventive and doable…parents stay calm, connected, and in control—a miracle. In Screamfree Parenting Hal Runkel gives you the tools to take care of yourself so you can take better care of your growing children. Every parent needs this book—it changes how you think about parenting…and how you parent. You’ll wonder why you ever raised your voice or broke a promise. Susan Newman, Ph.D., author of Little Things Long Remembered: Making Your Children Feel Special Every Day.

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Misty Lambert | 2/16/2014

    " this is probably one of the best parenting books I have ever read. It is also one I could stand to read again. Not only does it talk about ways to be a better parent, it also gave me knowledge I needed to deal with some of my anxiety. It is a GREAT book! Good for parents of kids of all ages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Niccole Randle | 2/15/2014

    " This book was interesting. I had a tough time with some of his thoughts on parenting, I guess that shows why I needed it ;-) I would reccomend this book to anyone who is thinking of or has children. It is a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 2/12/2014

    " I was skeptical at first thinking that I had tried the calm approach and failed often. However after reading this and not giving up with this tactic, their does seem to be some difference in at least my seven year olds responses. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Casie | 1/30/2014

    " Don't judge a book by it's title. This book does not, as it would seem, focus on the removal of bad behavior. It focuses on a paradigm shift with caring for yourself first, so you can best respond to the natural seasons of childhood. In the car, I mostly listen to non-fiction books about parenting, etc. and I rarely review them. But this is one that I'd recommend. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leilah | 1/22/2014

    " Started out promising but very few practical tips. I liked the premise, but no follow through! Also seemed targeted more to older kids for the most part. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audra | 1/15/2014

    " This is one of the best parenting books I've read. His message is simple: Take care of yourself first, and you will better be able to take care of your kids. It is so basic, and so true. After all, being able to stay calm is much easier when you're in a good mood than it is when it's the end of the day & you're exhausted. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Jean | 1/14/2014

    " I get the daily quotes to my e-mail as well. This is the best practices EVER! I share with so many family and friends who struggle with parenting like me. Must read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 12/25/2013

    " One of the best parenting books I've ever read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Schaefer | 11/30/2013

    " i loved this book which is the first one that concentrates on me vs just on my kids. it has been a huge change in my life. Just remember that after 2 weeks the kids will revolt to the change but will come back around once they realize you aren't changing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 11/29/2013

    " Really really great book. Lots of tips and tricks and things to think about so you do not lose your cool with your kids. Making my husband read it as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/25/2013

    " I think the author wanted his tips to sound more revolutionary than they actually are. All in all, a coaching guide on empowering your children to make their decisions that we need to calmly guide them through. A How To in self control for enraged parents, more or less... I found typos in my copy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alecia | 11/16/2013

    " I read this book a while back when Trey was a toddler but I remember it was AMAZING & the tools they teach also work on husbands! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meagan Church | 9/6/2013

    " Helpful advice and inspiration to keep it cool in parenting. But I often felt like the book dealt with kids older than the toddler stage (where I am), so it could've been more useful with direct applications for me if it highlighted the earlier years as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanna | 8/18/2012

    " I really, really liked this book. It had some great ideas, didn't make me feel guilty, and encouraged me to do better at being responsible TO my kids. Read it and you'll know what I mean. There were a few things I didn't necessarily agree with but what book doesn't. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie C. | 5/26/2011

    " Some good advice. Would probably be better as a print book than audio. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 5/6/2011

    " I was skeptical at first thinking that I had tried the calm approach and failed often. However after reading this and not giving up with this tactic, their does seem to be some difference in at least my seven year olds responses. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cristi | 5/5/2011

    " I have learned absolutely NOTHING from this book. It was a waste of time. I agree that in order to properly take are of your kids, you need to take a look at yourself and go from there. All that this book focused on however, was NOT to do. I didn't need to read a book to figure THAT out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cielle | 5/2/2011

    " This book is less about making your kids behave and more about making yourself behave. I really liked it (and so did Ben). His ideas are practical and I can already see a difference in my home. I am very glad that I picked up this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 4/21/2011

    " Not everything in this book is something I'll implement but the basic concepts were very good and I want to stay calm and connected to my kids, which is the main focus of this book. I enjoyed it and hope to keep it in my system of parenting and read it again to stay focused and calm. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 4/16/2011

    " I get the daily quotes to my e-mail as well. This is the best practices EVER! I share with so many family and friends who struggle with parenting like me. Must read! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jessica | 2/1/2011

    " I stopped reading after the author said to never look your kids in the eyes while talking to them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Drew | 1/24/2011

    " A good introduction to Family Systems Theory for those who have no exposure to the theories of Murray Bowen. I didn't like the fact that it is continuous plug for the "Screamfree" parenting series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Inder | 1/19/2011

    " Abandon ship! Abandon ship! I just don't care! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Misty | 1/18/2011

    " this is probably one of the best parenting books I have ever read. It is also one I could stand to read again. Not only does it talk about ways to be a better parent, it also gave me knowledge I needed to deal with some of my anxiety. It is a GREAT book! Good for parents of kids of all ages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 1/6/2011

    " Some good advice. Would probably be better as a print book than audio. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessi | 1/4/2011

    " This is a wonderful book for when you need a 5 minute "Mommy Time Out" "

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About the Author

Hal Edward Runkel is a licensed marriage and family therapist, relationship coach, and international speaker. He is founder and President of The ScreamFree Institute—a not-for-profit dedicated to calming the world, one relationship at a time. His principles have already helped thousands of families revolutionize their relationships. He lives with his wife, Jenny, and their two children just outside Atlanta, Georgia.