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Dr. Schwartz’s picks for the best books on discipline



The last time I was in the bookstore, there were two full shelves reserved for books on discipline. If you want to know more about the lower end of the continuum, what might be called “relationship listening” approaches to discipline, the work of Dr. Thomas Gordon (Parent Effectiveness Training and Teaching Children Self-Discipline) might be helpful.

For parents who feel they operate at the middle levels of the continuum, William Glasser’s many books or Dinkmeyer and McKay’s book on the social discipline model of Rudolf Dreikurs in their STEP (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting) program are excellent.

For the reinforcement/consequence approaches, there are literally dozens of excellent books, teaching behavior modification techniques and methods. Near the end on the continuum, I would recommend Frederic Jones’s Positive Discipline.