…while it may seem that some of us made it through mass schooling unscathed—and even on top—I believe that few, if any of us, really do. We don’t know how else we might have spent those fifteen thousand hours: to follow our curiosities, to reveal our interests, to pursue our passions, to read, and read, and read some more. We don’t know how well-educated we could have become in our youth if we hadn’t spent so much time sitting, memorizing, repeating, forgetting, and otherwise playing school. How might your life be different now if you were granted the freedom to pursue your passions as a child, rather than spend so many hours following someone else’s schooled agenda?

This bestselling guide rejects “quick-fix” solutions and focuses on helping kids develop their own self-discipline by owning up to their mistakes, thinking through solutions, and correcting their misdeeds while leaving their dignity intact. Barbara Coloroso shows these principles in action through dozens of examples — from sibling rivalry to teenage rebellion; from common misbehaviors to substance abuse and antisocial behavior. She also explains how to parent strong-willed children, effective alternatives to time-outs, bribes, and threats, and how to help kids resolve disputes and serious injustices such as bullying.

Filled with practical suggestions for handling the ordinary and extraordinary tribulations of growing up, kids are worth it! helps you help your children grow into responsible, resilient, resourceful adults — not because you tell them to, but because they want to.

Seven months into pregnancy, babies are already eavesdropping on their mothers’ conversations. Research by Professor William Fifer, a developmental psychobiologist, and his colleagues at Columbia University in New York City indicates that babies remember stories and songs that they heard in the womb. And they prefer to hear their mothers’ voices over other female voices.

By placing the child at the center, Maria Montessori revolutionized elementary education. In Montessori schools, children are given freedom to develop their own skills at their own pace–and, as a result, they flourish beyond their traditionally-schooled peers. “The Montessori Method” is Dr. Montessori’s most complete account of the history, philosophy, and practice of her teaching method. It is an essential work for teachers, parents, and all those interested in unleashing human potential for the betterment of our world.

…an hour spent doing schoolwork at home is an hour not spent doing other things. There is less opportunity for children just to hang out with their parents. There is less opportunity for the kind of learning that doesn’t involve traditional academic skills. There is less opportunity to read for pleasure, make friends and socialize with them, get some exercise, get some rest, or just be a child.