• Calm Parents, Happy Kids

  • The Secres of Stress Free Parenting
  • By: Dr Laura Markham
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 04-09-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (182 ratings)


Most parenting books focus on changing a child's behaviour, but the truth is that children only change when their relationship with their parents changes.
In Calm Parents, Happy Kids, Dr Laura Markham introduces an approach to parenting that eliminates threats, power struggles and manipulation, in favour of setting limits with empathy and communication.
Bringing together the latest research in brain development with a focus on emotional awareness (for both parents and children), it will appeal to all parents who don’t want to force their children into compliance and lose their temper, but want to keep calm and help their children want to behave.
©2014 Laura Markham, PhD (P)2014 Tantor Audio, Random House Audiobooks
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5 out of 5 stars
By TheBearNecessities on 22-01-16


I've read plenty parenting books and websites and Dr laura Markham is the best. plus, having the examples of what to say read aloud was a world apart from reading them on the page. well worth the money for me, I listened to a few hours in one session using by earphones and cleaning the house and I've been a much much less irritable parent since that day

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5 out of 5 stars
By Di on 05-06-15

Love this book. I listen to it over and over.

Would you listen to Calm Parents, Happy Kids again? Why?

Yes, I still do listen to it. Each time I remember a little bit more.

Any additional comments?

The author uses a lot of examples of the things you should say. I think it really helps hearing the reader say them. It seems easier to recall them when I'm talking with my kids than if I had just read them.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Dragonfly on 05-05-16

Wise words and fantastic narration

Wise words backed up by research and explanations of how to implement these great parenting skills.
Xe Sands Narration is utterly superb! She has a calming voice, whilst at the same time, enthusiastic. I will definitely look out for her in the future.
I know I will listen to this book again. It reminds me of the parent I am aspiring to be and brings me back on track when I am faltering.
I liked the book so much I will buy the print edition as well.

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4 out of 5 stars
By parve on 25-02-15

Great Insight

I loved the action points. I intend to reread (re - listen) to this book until I have internalized the strategies. I also like the fact that they broke down some areas into age groups..easy to relate your current issue. I would have liked the author to include a bit more on teenage kids. Otherwise great book.

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