A group of parents guided by Dr. Haim Ginott discover that his method of communicating offers them options. Home needn't be a battleground. Relationships with children can be learned that will generate a more loving atmosphere. And at no sacrifice to genuineness. These parents find themselves closer to their real feelings than ever before. They're no longer acting patient when they're not feeling patient. Or being "nice" when they're not feeling nice. More and more they're able to express their anger helpfully, instead of hurtfully. With humor and honesty the authors describe the difficulites of giving up old self-defeating patterns - accusing, name-calling, lecturing, sarcasm. Slowly we see how "a language of compassion can be substituted for "a language of rejection." Instead of threats, choices are offered. Cooperation is invited, not demanded. Children's feelings are accepted rather than denied. Gradually the need to rely upon punishment disappears. The children thrive under the new approach. When they're praised with evaluation, they grow in confidence. When mishaps occur and no one is blamed, they're able to focus on solutions. When their feelings are heard and understood, they become more sensitive to others. When their autonomy is encouraged, they begin to accept responsibility for their lives.