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Parent-Babble: How Parents Can Recover from Fifty Years of Bad Expert Advice Hardcover – October 9, 2012

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About the Author

John Rosemond is a family psychologist who has directed mental-health programs and been in full-time private practice working with families and children. Since 1990, he has devoted his time to speaking and writing. Rosemond’s weekly syndicated parenting column now appears in some 250 newspapers, and he has written 15 best-selling books on parenting and the family. He is one of the busiest and most popular speakers in the field, giving more than 200 talks a year to parent and professional groups nationwide. He and his wife of 39 years, Willie, have two grown children and six well-behaved grandchildren. 
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (October 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449422330
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449422332
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #917,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Rosemond is a family psychologist who has both directed mental health programs and been in full-time private practice working with families and children. Since 1990, he has devoted his time to speaking and writing. John's weekly syndicated parenting column appears in some 200 newspapers nationwide. Along the way, he's also managed to write seventeen bestselling books on parenting and the family. As if that wasn't enough, he is one of the busiest and most popular speakers in his field, giving over 200 talks a year to parent and professional groups nationwide. He and his wife of over 40 years, Willie, have two grown children and seven well-behaved grandchildren.

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I read and will continue to read parenting books...as an "older" mom..(had my daughter at almost 38..she is 7 now)..I feel blindsided and confused with how to best raise her..seems like when I was a kid in the 70's..whatever my parents said was the way it was..there was no talking back or worrying about self esteem..no being carted around to classes and plenty of chores...for NO pay!!No speaking up about anything..just listening to whatever your parents and teachers said...there were consequences and rules...that said..I agree that society has changed and not all for the worse..but it is so bizarre to me that our kids today seem to run our families..I like the authors refreshing views and his willingness to speak out about his own profession and the way we are raising our kids today. Things definitely need to change. I like feeling validated for speaking up about how I don't think my daughter needs to be in every activity that comes along and doesn't need 7000 playdates or to be congratulted for "trying your best"..I always say..don't just try your best..DO your best and hold her accountable for actions, etc...especially when I know she can do better with a little effort. There should not be rewards for reading (our school gives out snacks and pizza coupons for reading time)..learning to read should be it's own reward...anyway..if you are tired of hearing about rude, lazy , unhappy kids this is a great look at how society has failed it's young..hopefully it's not too late to change!!
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...is that I didn't read John Rosemond's books earlier! I have a 4yo son and 1 yo daughter and I wish I had started reading his books before my first was born. These books have changed our family for the better!
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Great analysis of why parents are so confused by all the parenting advice out there today. Especially important is the fact that John Rosemond backs up his information with research and studies done by real experts. Which is something the attachment parenting, self-esteem crowd has not done. Scary to think that we parents have read so many parenting magazines, books and advice assuming it to be truth when in fact most of the advice comes from people who have done no research or studies on how their advice will affect children now and later. All you have to do is look at the behavior and mental health of children and young people now versus 50 years ago. More suicides, lower test scores, more crime, less empathy for others, depression, on and on. The new parenting techniques have not helped and its only going to get worse until parents decide to ignore the "babble" and get back to using common sense and traditional methods of raising children; that have been proven over history to work.
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My wife and I have read many of John's other books and have found them very helpful to our own parenting of 4 children in 5 years of each other. This book presents many of his concepts in topical fashion that are addressed in some of his other works with enhanced explanation and information. I especially appreciate his chapter on adoption, as we are also adoptive parents. Thanks John for a great resource!
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I would like to give this book 4.5 stars, but they don't let me.

I am an avid reader of parenting books, but also someone that is quite interested in the history of the mundane (in other words, how day to day life was in previous generations). This book is therefore quite perfect for me.

I have tried to write this review a couple times now, and I am having trouble with it. I really, really loved reading this book. Looking at the statistics, the modern way of parenting is certainly failing not only our children, but society as a whole. I honestly cannot find even one good thing that has come from the idea that self-esteem is the most important aspect of child rearing.

Even as a former attachment parent advocate (before I actually had children and saw how overwhelming that was, although I still adore my Ergo and wear the babies quite often for cuddles and convenience) my goal was never that my children would have high self-esteem or be happy. To me it was illogical that I could somehow raise responsible, respectful, contributing members of society, if all my parenting efforts were focused on making sure they felt good about themselves and were always happy. In my opinion, the best way to be happy is simply to be capable and content.

So I went into this book already agreeing with much of what he said. Some things that were written will change how I do things, such as potty training, which I am actually planning to do this weekend for "Naked & $75". The adoption chapter was so amazing at easing a lot of my fears as a foster (and someday adoptive) parent.

This entire book is just common sense. We humans seem to like things complicated.
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I think Rosemond has a lot to say in a world gone crazy. Normal people otherwise, it's like they lost their mind when it comes to children (parents who put children and grandchildren first). Highly recommended
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