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How to Con Your Kid [Kindle Edition]

David Borgenicht , James Grace
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Book Your Children Don’t Want You to Read
This revised and updated edition of How to Con Your Kid is the most useful (and sneakiest) parenting manual you’ll ever purchase. Here are hundreds of tips, techniques, and simple scams for getting your child to do exactly what you want—at mealtime, bedtime, bathtime, and beyond. You’ll learn how to:
     •  Con your kid into eating by playing on his possessiveness.
     •  Con your kid into bathing by “swimming” in the tub.
     •  Con your kid into talking quietly by whispering back.
     •  Con your kid into returning your iDevice—by any means possible!
And dozens more tricks of the parenting trade!

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

David Borgenicht is the coauthor of the bestselling Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook series and the father of two toddlers. James Grace is the coauthor of The Good Deed Guide and the father of three children.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3657 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books (May 18, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZACDI8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #931,188 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Parent of a toddler? Get this book! December 26, 2005
By design, two-year olds often don't want to do what you want them to do, leading to the well documented Parent-Toddler Power Struggle. Of course, I know these can often be avoided by turning the task into a game, adventure or song. But really, when I'm rushing to get out the door, I've already cleaned up 3 spills, my oldest can't find his shoes, and my two-year old refuses to allow me to brush her hair, my creative mind shuts down. I was having just such a morning and literally ran to find this book, looked up brushing your toddler's hair and one minute later my daughter was happily letting me brush her hair while I sang a song about getting the knotty witch out. The best part was I left the house that morning feeling not like a harried mother bullying her kids into doing what she needed them to do, but a clever and creative mother with two happy children. I am giving this book to all my friends who have toddlers.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
How to Con Your Kid is another great offering from the folks over at Quirk Books. With fun, upbeat prose, the authors suggest ways to con your kids into keeping their clothes on (are you dealing with an inveterate nudist?), meet strangers without hiding, let you leave them in the care of others, survive an airplane trip, and play alone, among others. Heck, my husband could use many of the airplane trip tips on me!

Each chapter consists of the groundwork for the con, the basic cons, the short cons (one-liners), games to play, songs to sing, and what to do if your child is on to you. This isn't a dry child-rearing tome, so don't pick it up looking for an academic treatment of the subject. With that said, the entire book follows a terrific child-rearing philosophy, without stating it directly. All the cons are stated in a positive light. The short cons are questions with two choices, both of them positive for the parent (Do you want to put back the stuffed animal or should I? I am going to pick up your socks, so are you picking up your shirts or pants? Do you want a bubble bath or swimming bath tonight?) We've all heard that the average child hears the word "no" more than 400 times a day (per a UCLA study), so this book is a refreshing example of how to parent with positive statements. All the suggestions incorporate a positive attitude from the parent (talking about the doctor as a personal friend, practicing staging a hair salon at home, etc.), which should rub off on your kid.

Many suggestions also recommend avoiding forbidden fruit; a parent can orchestrate moderation to keep their kid on an even keel. The chapter on chores breaks out chores by age level and recommends establishing a routine and giving your kids responsibility.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's helpful. January 17, 2006
I heard of this book in a magazine (like Woman's Day or Family Circle) and the advertisement made it sound like this deep wonderful book of solutions to help you get things done with your kids. So I rushed to my library to get it ~~ and imagine my disappointment when I saw how tiny it was.

I took it home as I thought perhaps it would be helpful. I skimmed through it and to my disappointment it wasn't anything new or different from what I have been trying already. For one thing, my boys don't do well with bribes, stickers, a toy jar (used as an example to stop whining) or anything like that. I know that these things do work for other parents, but we've tried them and it doesn't work for us.

However, do not let my review stop you from checking this book out ~~ I highly encourage parents to check this little book out as it may have solutions for YOU. Everyone is different and this book does offer tried solutions that work for a lot of kids. What works for me may not work for you and vice versa. It is a cute little book designed to capture your attention. It is full of creative ideas and solutions.

It just wasn't what I needed or had in mind.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bring This Book Back!! September 25, 2007
I cannot understand WHY this book is no longer available! Thankfully, I was able to get a copy, but it shouldn't be this hard. In fact, they should give you this book along with "What To Expect..." when you leave the hospital! I loved how it comes up with creative and fun solutions to everyday problems. Please put this book back into print, for Mothers everywhere!
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I got this for my son so he and my daughter-in-law could stay a little ahead of their two toddlers (ages 2 and 3). They have used some of the 'cons', but the funny thing was that their daughter (who is only 3) had pulled it out of the bookcase and was looking at it. Guess she wanted to know why her folks were reading it. He wanted to take a picture of her, but she was too quick for him. This book is slated to be put higher and higher on the bookcase as the kids get taller.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Change just from an article in Parents Magazine September 18, 2009
I read the few pages of this book in Parents magazine, applied how to wash their hair techniques and to my surprise, he was like "ok mommy lets do it!" He loved everything they said to do.

I just ordered this book and am so excited! Who ever wrote this needs to have their hand shook, taken to dinner and hugged!

Thank you SO much to the author!!!!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good tips
I actually bought this book for my daughter, but had a chance to read a little before I gave it to her. I thought it had some great ideas. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Christine Dafoe
5.0 out of 5 stars A Joy to Read & It Has Helpful Suggestions
I recommend this book to parents, grandparents, child care workers, and anyone who spends a lot of time around small children. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Katherine Lakes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great suggestions!
How to Con Your Kid is written by two New York Times best selling authors, David Borgenicht and James Grace, and while they use the word "con", I prefer to call it "reasoning" -... Read more
Published on May 6, 2012 by CuteEverything
4.0 out of 5 stars A Lilac Wolf and Stuff Review
I'm unsure how seriously to take this book. There really were some great tips in there, but there were some that will probably drive you and your child to therapy. Read more
Published on March 9, 2012 by Lilac Wolf and Stuff
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
This is such a cleaver book!! Can't wait to test out the tips and Cons :) Very cleaver ideas on how to get your kid(s) to do things they do not want to.
Published on December 19, 2011 by cathyR
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a fan
Ended up just skimming the book - loved the title, but reality was I didn't need any of the advice. Some silly ideas and probably won't use the book.
Published on November 27, 2011 by D. Gasson
5.0 out of 5 stars great book for new parents or grandparents
Great suggestions in this book, for situations that are not easy. I have bought 5, for gifts to new parents and/or grandparents.

Fun to read. Read more
Published on December 22, 2008 by Theresa B. Westmoreland
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun
I don't have any children but began buying this book for friends who were having babies. I think the ideas in this book are fun and my pregnant friends and now-parents find them... Read more
Published on February 28, 2008 by Minerva Herrera
5.0 out of 5 stars very good ideas!
very funny and enlightening on how to really get you kids to agree to do things. It's mostly lighthearted good, fun advice. I bought the book and have really enjoyed reading it.
Published on August 8, 2006 by D. Meade
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More About the Author

David Borgenicht is the creator and co-author of the best-selling WORST CASE SCENARIO SURVIVAL HANDBOOK series. He is also the author of dozens of other books, including THE STAR TREK BOOK OF OPPOSITES and HOW TO CON YOUR KID. He is the president and publisher of Quirk Books (, Philadelphia-based publishers of entertaining, informative, and amusing fiction and non-fiction.


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