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Sunday, September 23, 2012

TLC Tour: Pills are Not for Preschoolers by Marilyn Wedge (Contest)

Pills Are Not For Preschoolers: A Drug-Free Approach for Troubled Kids
by Marliyn Wedge
W.W. Norton and Company
Buy from Indigo

Description: Where can parents turn when their child exhibits disturbing behavior and they want to avoid psychiatric labels and drugs? Pills Are Not for Preschoolers presents a much-needed alternative: child-focused family therapy a brief, effective approach that involves family members in the child s therapy. A family therapist for more than twenty years, Marilyn Wedge treats children s problems not as biologically determined disorders but as responses to relationships in their lives that can be altered with the help of a therapist. Parents can now respond to symptoms of ADHD, depression, and anxiety with respectful family prescriptives, not prescriptions and Wedge brilliantly shows us how easy it can be to understand and implement her path-breaking approach

The Good Stuff
  • As a mom of a child with ADHD (and a distrust for mood altering drugs for children) this was a book that I was very much interested in reading 
  • Thoroughly researched
  • Practical approaches to treatments for children (and their families) with behavioral issues
  • author doesn't blame the families for their children's' issues but does  imply that in order to help a child the whole family must work together
  • Good range of case studies to help readers understand why her approach is a good alternative to strong medications
  • Gives a strong powerful and hopeful message for those kids and their families dealing with behavioral problems - that things will get better without drugs turning their kids into zombies
  • Focuses on everyone working together (even encouraging 'evil" school boards to get on board-- oops sorry we have dealt with so much negativity and prejudice from school boards in regards to our son who has adhd and spina bifida)
  • Stresses that each kid and situation is different and you have to tailor the therapy to each individual and what works for one family may or may not work with every family
  • Very readable -- not too much medic speak and never does the author talk down to the reader
  • useful appendix for helping readers to find a therapist
  • Detailed notes and reference section (yes I know I am a geek but this is important especially when dealing with medical information) 
  • Just really felt like she honestly wanted to help children and families and the book wasn't all about making money
 The Not So Good Stuff
  •  At times it felt a little too |"all those in pharmaceuticals are evil and only out to make money" when there are so many in the field who just have an honest desire to make things better for troubled kids

Favorite Quotes/Passages

"The most eccentric and colorful figure in family therapy's early history, Erickson was committed to  the idea that the therapist must actively take responsibility for changing his patient's lives. He believed that if a therapist sat back passively, he could not bring about change,"

"Erickson's ingenious interventions vitalized the development of strategic therapy, adding creativity and imagination to systems thinking.  One of his legacies is the idea that strategies need to be tailor made to each individual case. Like Tolstoy, Erickson believed that all unhappy families were unhappy in their own way - and therefore the therapist had to create a unique strategy to fit each case."

"But shouldn't we be questioning what psychiatry is saying about our children's troubles and how to fix them, especially if it conflicts with the most ordinary dictates of common sense? Doesn't the mind boggle at the notion of giving two-year-olds anti-psychotic drugs meant for adults? Doesn't commons sense balk at the idea of a teenager taking Zoloft or Prozac, drugs that have been associated with suicide in young people?  Most of us have known children who were a little odd or defiant or impulsive, without concluding that their differentness is a sign of a psychiatric disorder.  Do we really believe there is no better way to help these children conform to our expectations than to brand them with a psychiatric label and insist they take drugs to "Cure their mental illness?"

Who should/Shouldn't Read
  • Fabulous for parents who have had children labeled with any kind of behavioral disorder
  • A must read for educators and others who deal with children
  • Honestly just a good parenting book as well since it makes you think about your parenting techniques and a reminder that you are a family and must all work together for everyone's benefit
4 Dewey's


I received this from TLC book tours in
 exchange for an honest review 
 Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D., is a family therapist in Westlake Village, California, with twenty years of experience helping parents find safe, drug-free solutions for troubled children and teens. She is the originator of Strategic Child-Focused Family Therapy, and the author of the book Pills are Not For Preschoolers: A Drug-free Approach for Troubled Kids. She has blogs on The Huffington Post and Psychology Today, and her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Babble, Natural Health Magazine and People Magazine.  Marilyn has a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and had a post-doctoral fellowship at the Hastings Center for Bioethics. She has taught at The College of the Art Institute of Chicago and The California State University, East Bay. Marilyn lives in Oak Park, California with her husband Gene. They have three grown children and two grandchildren.

 She can be found at, and on Facebook and Twitter.
Tour Stops

Monday, August 27th: Theres a Book
Tuesday, August 28th: Just Joanna
Wednesday, Augut 29th: Family Volley
Thursday, August 30th: Attention Deficit Whatever
Friday, August 31st: Two Bears Farm and the Three Cubs
Tuesday, September 4th: Family Dysfunction and Mental Health Blog
Wednesday, September 5th: Earnest Parenting
Friday, September 7th: Heres to Not Catching Our Hair on Fire
Tuesday, September 11th: Gone Bookserk
Tuesday, September 18th: Surviving the Madhouse
Friday, September 21st: Misbehavin Librarian
Date TBD: Buried in Print

1 Copy of Pills are Not for Preschoolers
US/Canada Only
Ends: September  28, 2012
To enter: Just leave a meaningful comment in the comments section (Please try to be more creative than just saying "I really wanna read this book" or "nice review" (Trust me I have been that lazy myself LOL!) 


  1. This: "a reminder that you are a family and must all work together for everyones benefit" ... is brilliant. Everyone needs to remember this.

    Thanks for being on the tour!

    1. thanks loved being part and such a fabulous book!