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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (May 17, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743244176
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743244176
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #400,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I think anyone who knows our children can attest to Miss Manners' effectiveness.
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A pediatrician writing for the New York Times OpEd recommended this book - I am a Grandmother and wanted to know what the latest was in child rearing.
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She is actually quite sassy, without being condescending, and gives a lot of good information in this book.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Jessica E. Bowen on April 13, 2004
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Forget all those smarmy books full of buzz words and advice that will never work on real kids. Miss Manners knows what it really takes to raise polite kids. She also is so funny that you will literally laugh out loud while you read through this book. You'll read it straight through like a novel and you'll be so glad to have it on hand to answer questions that pop up. A fantastic baby shower gift!
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Mom of 3 on September 17, 2009
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I read this book when my oldest was an infant and I can tell you the book was great. The part I remember most was right in the beginning. Miss Manners divides parents in to two types. There are the type who beam when they see their children, love them to death, and think they are wonderful, then there are the type who consider their children difficult and a terrible inconvenience. The ones who think their kids are wonderful wind up with children who want to please their parents and become great people with far less difficulty.

For the record I have one in college and two are still teenagers. They are not particularly easy, in fact people gave me a very hard time when they were younger. Following the advice int his book worked and we developed a calm and happy household. My critics who followed various popular child rearing methods from experts now have difficult and rebellious teenagers and my kids are mostly easy excepting a few perfectly normal hormonal eruptions. I constantly get comments on my children's wonderful manners. My daughter who is exceptionally oppositional recently complained that she cannot have any fun rebelling because everything is her choice. I am not permissive, they do not choose consequences, but from a young age I have had total faith in their ability to figure things out from their own experience and ultimately make good choices as they get older.

Other books that helped me were James Dobson's "Dare to Discipline" and his book on oppositional children. People around me considered my kids very difficult from about birth to age 6-10 depending on the child, so I can assure you parents out there that these methods really do work and Miss Manners is not starting out with Perfect Children, she is teaching people how to develop them.
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34 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 14, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Did you ever wish your children were presentable in public? Did you ever wish they were tolerable at home? Then this book is for you! And if your children are already presentable and tolerable, you'll die laughing at Miss Manners' wit and wisdom. You'll reread this book every year and enjoy it every time. Before you know it, you'll be enjoying an outing to the mall with all your kids in tow.
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By Radmila Jevicki on July 7, 2014
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By Earle Williams on November 27, 2013
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Super collection of helpful and delightful comments from Miss Manners, whose sense of decorum is matched only by her sense of humor!
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By Patricia Carroll on March 28, 2013
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Some things don't ever need to change and Judith Martin knows what they are. She holds the standard for proper behavior very high.
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By puttster on December 8, 2014
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Teensy print alert! If you are over 40, forget it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Diane J on September 15, 2009
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Some of the best child-rearing advice I've ever seen. And put in such a clever, witty way! Love, love, love it.
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