Brenner Publishing

Sara Makes Her Mother Proud
and Learns Good Behavior

A set of books addressing oppositional behavior in young children

Sara Makes Her Mother Proud
Sara Makes Her Mother Proud ... and learns good behavior
A Parent's Guide to Positive Proactive Parenting for the Oppositional Behavior Of Preschooler and Young Children

ISBN: 0977720314 , 44 pages.

Price: $7.95

Sara Makes Her Mother Proud
Sara Makes Her Mother Proud ... and learns good behavior
A Children's Book

Paperback, 24 pages, full-color
ISBN: 0977720322

Price: $6.95

Price for this set of two books: $13.95 $10.95

About the author:
Sherry Henig

     Sherry Henig, Ph.D. is a  psychologist with over 25 years’ experience working with children and their families.  In addition to her doctoral degree in clinical psychology, she also has a postdoctoral diploma in child and adolescent psychotherapy. 

     Dr. Henig has a general practice in psychology in Jericho, New York, and works with both adults and children.  She lives on Long Island, New York with her husband and their children.  To learn more about her credentials and her work, you may visit her website,

About the illustrator:

Jacky Myint

  Jacky Myint is an interactive designer and illustrator living in New York City.  Her work can be found online at


The Problem:

     Young children are often defiant and oppositional.  That behavior frequently prompts a parent to issue a punishment; and the punishment, especially when delivered in anger, can prompt the child to become vengeful and misbehave yet again.  Thus develops the “negative cycle,” whereby the child’s misbehavior prompts the parent to punish, and the parent’s punishment prompts the child to misbehave.

The Solution:

     Time-outs and losses of privileges have their place in the proper discipline of a child.  But often a positive, proactive behavioral strategy can defuse the negative cycle, and improve the parent-child relationship.

The Book Set:

     Sara Makes Her Mother Proud and Learns Good Behavior is the title of two books, a children’s picture book and a parent’s guide.  Both books tell the story of Sara, a little girl whose annoying early morning behavior prompts her mother to give her a time out.  Sara’s parents devise a behavioral strategy involving the incentive of rewards, and Sara learns to behave properly, thereby making her mother proud.

     The children’s book is a full-color picture book that tells the story in a way that will inspire a child to conform to parental rules in order to earn their pride.

     The parent’s guide not only tells the story of the little girl whose behavior improves following a behavioral intervention, it also provides theoretical and practical information for parents regarding the general use of positive proactive parenting principles.

     The Two Book Set includes a fictional story in tandem: Each book in the Two Book Set includes the same fictional story about Sara, the little girl who learns to cooperate with her parents by way of a positive proactive disciplinary strategy.


Read a few pages from the Children's Book!

Read the Table of Contents & a few pages from the Parent's Guide!

The Parent's Guide and the Children's Book contain the same fictional story.

Check out the following Side by Side Excerpts:
(Parent's Guide on left, Children's book on right)
Excerpt 1    Excerpt 2    Excerpt 3

This  two-book set earned the following awards:

Award-Winning Finalist in the Parenting/Family category of the National Indie Excellence 2007 Book Awards.

Distinguished iParenting Media Award Winner.

iParenting Media Award Winner

Praise for Sara Makes Her Mother Proud and Learns Good Behavior: A Children’s Book:

“Dr. Henig has written a most sensitive story that will help children struggling with the normal stresses of living in a family feel understood.  This book offers positive ways for children and their parents to avoid frustrating moments and to move towards more rewarding and loving interactions.”
— Virginia M. Shiller, Ph.D., Rewards for Kids! Ready-to-Use Charts & Activities for Positive Parenting.

Praise for Sara Makes Her Mother Proud and Learns Good Behavior:  A Parent’s Guide to Positive Proactive Parenting for the Oppositional Behavior of Preschoolers and Young Children:

“A very clear, practical presentation of positive parenting strategies for reducing oppositional behavior in young children.”
— Charles E. Schaefer, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Fairleigh Dickinson University, author and coauthor of numerous books for parents, including Teach Your Child to Behave and Ages and Stages: A Parent’s Guide to Normal Childhood Development

“Every parent wants to have a close and loving relationship with their child.  This thoughtfully written and comprehensive guide shows parents a path for breaking out of negative cycles with children and moving towards more positive interactions.  Dr. Henig’s clear writing and sensitivity to the feelings of parents as well as children will help parents find solutions for common but vexing daily struggles.”
— Virginia M. Shiller, Ph.D., author of Rewards for Kids!  Ready-to-Use Charts & Activities for Positive Parenting

“All parents use reinforcement to try and shape their children’s behavior.  Dr. Henig’s book provides clear examples of  how parents can use systematic reinforcement to encourage desirable behavior.”
— Sheila Pohly, Ph.D., Psychologist with over 20 years of experience in the schools and in private practice

"Sherry Henig uses a unique and clever approach in Sara Makes Her Mother Proud and Learns Good Behavior. Dr. Henig capitalizes on the fact that young children can learn helpful lessons from reading storybooks. And so can parents! The nicely illustrated story shows how a positive, proactive approach can make real improvements in a child's behavior. The storybook is accompanied by a Parent's Guide that offers specific, practical suggestions that help parents interpret the story to their child and provides a concise guide for positive discipline. A must read for any parent with a willful youngster.
— Sal Severe, Ph.D. author of How to Behave So Your Preschooler Will, Too!