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I'm Not Your Friend, I'm Your Parent: Helping Your Children Set the Boundaries They Need...and Really Want Hardcover – September 2, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; First Printing edition (September 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785228101
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785228103
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #975,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

E. D. Hill joined Fox News Channel in 1998. A Fox News host and regular fill-in on #1 The O'Reilly Factor, she was coanchor for Fox & Friends and a contributing reporter for Good Morning America covering family issues. She has eight children.


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It was such an interesting read as well as very fundamental.
M. Thomas
It may sound "cool" to say "I'm my daughter's best friend" but it robs the child of a much more needed parent.
Bryan W. Carpenter
Anyone who is a parent of children from toddlers to teens should read this book.
S. Peek

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Curtis P. Brooks on September 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have read book after book about kids and parenting, but I love this one the most. I could go on and on how much I loved it...

E.D. Hill is straight forwarded and I think some people would even reject her parenting, NOT ME! It's time more parents learn how to be parents.

I have been somewhat of a permissive parent. Now I have so many tools to help raise my 8 and 9 years. Yes...I'm weak at times and that's ok we are not all PERFECT!

My children saw me reading this book and my daughter called it the manners book. Then my son said that he knew he was in for some changes after just reading the title. We made charts for chores, a chart for sportmanship and manners. They are all over the refrigerator. So far...so Good! Thank you Mrs. Hill! I would love more...write another book.

My husband recommended. He saw it advertised on TV. He knows E.D. Hill from the news.

I am going to buy this book for several people this Christmas!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By S. Peek VINE VOICE on September 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Anyone who is a parent of children from toddlers to teens should read this book.

It is full of solid advice on a wide range of topics including: manners, discipline, sportsmanship, dress code, and more. The author is the mother of eight and a TV news journalist. Her children cover a wide range of ages. She offers practical suggestions for instilling boundaries and good behavior.

The section on manners alone would be plenty of reason to buy several copies of this and give it as gifts to parents. There is lots of great stuff beyond that as well. One part that I think is particularly good is the one on allowances. Not only does Ms. Hill help parents with good ideas on money issues, she also reveals some excellent resources that will help with tracking and paying out allowances based upon completed chores, etc.

Two other particularly outstanding suggestions include model contracts for home rules and driving.

This is a great book for any parent. Buy it, read it, and use her ideas!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Thomas on September 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book so I could give it to parents. I am a great grandparent, very interested in young families.
Oh, how I wish I had had this available 45 years ago. It was such an interesting read as well as very fundamental. I found myself staying up till very late at night reading because I had to see what she had to say next.
I feel that this is one of the 21st century problems with families. Parents are letting the children run the family because they want to be their friends.
I recommend this book to every parent with children.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Folkins on November 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I loved this books. It's jam-packed with practical tips, common sense advise, and wonderful quotes. I agree with another reviewer: it's time more parents learn how to be parents! Kudos to Ms. Hill for writing a book with such a great message and hope for parents.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Tuley on October 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
E.D. Hill has written an excellent guide for parents and children. Setting boundries for both.She has examples of actions by children and the consequences one must pay.Also included are contracts parents may use with their teens,on drugs, driving,etc. This is a wonderful book on dealing with many of the problems parents face,and some,' what works'
solutions.

This is an easy read and very informative.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie C. Newton on February 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The author uses a no-nonsense approach to parenting that is refreshing in today's society. I appreciate her willingess to say that no parent is perfect, but still give the tools to do the best job possible. Don't miss the driving contract in the back. It's priceless.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kat on December 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I am weak. I want my child to always be happy, but, I want her to be respectful, appreciative, considerate and a productive individual. You can't always have it all. This book helps me put my job and duty as a parent back into perspective when I'm feeling weak. I keep myself in check by referring to some of the down to earth, basic concepts that are presented in the book. It's OK to say "no". Your child isn't going to like you all the time, and that's OK. You get one shot to help your children be the best that they can be...and I certainly found guidance and strength to do that with this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbra L. Moran on November 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I got this book for my daughter when we had trouble raising her 2 teenage girls. I could not believe how much each of the girls had in common with the other children in the book; right down to eating ketchup on scrambled eggs. My son-in-law actually had tried taking off the bedroom door of the older teen as punishment. I had never considered that. It was a funny, unexpected surprise to see so many parents going through the same type of thing. I did cry at the seriousness of the teen situation which has not changed much over the years. I strongly recommend this book to anyone dealing with children of any age so you can be prepared ahead of time.

I am the type of parent/grandparent that would have done as the author did walking up on a movie stage to find the child I would be looking for.
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