The Family: Dr. Spock of The Emotions

THE FAMILY

With irrational finality, your child insists that his soup is too salty, his home work too hard. What should a parent do? Easy, answers Psychologist Haim Ginott. Just keep cool and coo some thing sympathetic, like "Oh, it's too salty for you. I wish we had something else," and "Yes, you do have a lot of homework." Chances are the child will eat the soup after all and resolutely go off to study.

As a growing band of grateful parents are willing to testify, Ginott's strategy of sympathy seems to work. The secret...

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