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Who Runs Your House – the kids or you?


“I can highly recommend this book to every parent. My house was a mess, I didn’t know what to do or how to do it. After reading the book I have direction, confidence and now the ability to parent strongly with great boundary setting that works so easily”.
Julie – Melbourne, Australia


“I love it, so great. It was so easy to read and understand. My kids are happier, my husband and I are happier. So grateful, thank you”.
Amanda – Muswellbrook, NSW


“It is so nice to read a book about parenting, written by a parent who knows and understands all the emotions and problems we experience. The tips are easy to follow and work incredibly well. Great book, highly recommended”.
Lisa – Sydney  NSW


“As a first time mum with an overactive 3 year old, I was lost. My son’s behaviour was exhausting. I was fighting with my little boy every day. After reading all the advise my home is now a much quieter and happier place and I feel like I have some parent power back. I recommend this book to every parent”.
Natasha Adams – Newcastle, NSW


“I found the book very informative and was just what I was looking for. I was having so much trouble with my children demanding so much. After reading the book and using the suggestions, especially on boundaries, I found the kids were far better behaved when they know what my expectations are. Great book”.
Marie – Maryborough, Qld


“I bought this book for my daughter who had a defiant and active toddler and I read it before I gave it to her. We can now talk about her children’s behaviours and are on the same page instead of her feeling I was critical. Fabulous book”.
Meryl – Wyong, NSW


“I thought I was doing OK as a parent until my sister bought it for me and told me I needed to read it. I found it easy to read, follow and understand. What really sold me on this book was the author is a mum who made the same mistakes we all have. Thank goodness she put all the advise in a book, thank you”.
Leanne  Brown– Ballarat, Vic


“I got this book as a general guide. I love it because I can go to a section, read and use it. I made more changes than I thought I even needed and now it’s just plain easy. I so love my mum life now, highly recommend to all parents”
Fiona – Cairns, Qld


“I bought this when my life was crazy, my 3 kids were actually running my house. Since reading this book, my house has changed. I no longer yell at the kids to do things, I no longer get frustrated as the children know their boundaries and I love the use of choices”
Andrew – Aukland, NZ


“Since reading and using the book I now run my house – and I love it”
Vicki Alder – Tamworth, NSW


“I am a preschool teacher and bought the book to try to control some of the behaviours we were experiencing at the preschool. I love it, it works so easily, there are no more arguments with the kids, the rooms are quieter and the way we all speak to the kids has changed. I have recommended the book to many of our parents”
Janine – Gosford, NSW


“Oh my god, this is my new bible. It is brilliant, you must buy it if you are a parent, it needs to be mandatory for every parent. Buy it!!”
Melissa – Nashville, USA


“I wanted a book for dad’s and found this one. It is fantastic, written for both parents. My husband and I are both on the same page now and he actually read it all and loved it too. It’s the first book he fully read about parenting. We loved the parts on language and communication. Highly recommend it all parents out there”
Jenny and Liam – Adelaide, SA


Who Runs Your House: The Kids or You?
Karen Phillip
Xlibris, 234 pages, (paperback), $29.99 AUD, 978-1-4771-4074-1 (Reviewed: April 2013)

Karen Phillip, author of Who Runs Your House: The Kids or You? is a mother of three and a trained counselor. She has conducted government-sponsored parenting courses and worked in family counseling for almost 20 years. In other words, she is well-versed in the subject of parenting, the topic of her new book.

Who Runs Your House is geared for parents of younger children, with an emphasis on starting good habits early rather than trying to “retrofit” after negative patterns are established. Non- Australians may be unfamiliar with some of the local lingo, but the topics are relevant to parents across the globe—from simpler issues such as dinner and bedtime routines to more complex challenges such as blended families and parental separation.

The author has a frank voice; at times her opinions come across as quite vehement. For example, on the subject of “child restraints”, (e.g., harness or wrist restraints that can prevent a child from dashing into dangerous situations), the author encourages parents to decide what is safest for their child. But the text refers to those critical of such restraints as “condescending morons”. While the intended point seems to be that parents are the best judges and strangers shouldn’t be critical when they don’t know all of the facts.

Phillip’s practical experience yields useful recommendations in several areas. As with all forms of parenting advice, though, readers are likely to glean the suggestions that fit best with their own philosophies.

Regardless, the chapters on verbal communication are especially worthwhile. The chapter on “Your Language” includes insights into the importance of word choice when directing young children, and the chapter on childhood speech development provides a solid background on the factors influencing articulation.

Also available in hardcover or ebook.