Ron Taffel


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  • ''We can't nourish our children if we don't nourish ourselves.... Parents who manage to stay married, sane, and connected to each other share one basic characteristic: The ability to protect even small amounts of time together no matter what else is going on in their lives.''
    Ron Taffel (20th century), U.S. writer, psychologist. Why Parents Disagree, ch. 14 (1994).
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  • ''Relying on any one disciplinary approach—time-out, negotiation, tough love, the star system—puts the parenting team at risk. Why? Because children adapt to any method very quickly; today's effective technique becomes tomorrow's worn dance.''
    Ron Taffel (20th century), U.S. writer, psychologist. Why Parents Disagree, ch. 7 (1994).
  • ''The fact that the mental health establishment has equated separation with health, equated women's morality with soft-heartedness, and placed mothers on the psychological hot seat has taken a toll on modern mothers.''
    Ron Taffel (20th century), U.S. psychologist, writer. Parenting by Heart, ch. 1 (1991).
  • ''As fathers, men often feel either like guests in their own homes or clumsy bulls in china shops, deferring to their wives as the "emotional experts" and squelching their own wish to be fully involved.''
    Ron Taffel (20th century), U.S. psychologist, writer. Parenting by Heart, ch. 1 (1991).
  • ''To be a good parent, separation is only half the picture. In our fragmented, supercharged, fast-paced world, figuring out how to stay connected to our kids is the real challenge—and the other half—of good parenting.''
    Ron Taffel (20th century), U.S. psychologist, writer. Parenting by Heart, ch. 4 (1991).
  • ''Being a parent is too complicated and emotional a task for magical techniques and miracle cures.''
    Ron Taffel (20th century), U.S. psychologist, writer. Parenting by Heart, preface (1991).
  • ''The upbeat lawyer/negotiator of preadolescence has become a real pro by now—cynical, shrewd, a tough cookie. You're constantly embroiled in a match of wits. You're exhausted.''
    Ron Taffel (20th century), U.S. psychologist, writer. Parenting by Heart, ch. 4 (1991).
  • ''Once you have a child, you change so much along the way, you don't even recognize yourself by the time they're ready to move out!''
    Ron Taffel (20th century), U.S. psychologist, writer. Parenting by Heart, ch. 4 (1991).
  • ''Contrary to popular belief, children (even adolescents) are not only pushing for independence, they are pushing for contact and connection. It is a major error to think independence is all they are after.''
    Ron Taffel (20th century), U.S. psychologist, writer. Parenting by Heart, ch. 1 (1991).
  • ''Parents everywhere, trying to bring up kids in a plugged-in, supercharged, high-tech world, need all the information and support we can give each other.''
    Ron Taffel (20th century), U.S. psychologist, writer. Parenting by Heart, preface (1991).

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