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Pinocchio Parenting: 21 Outrageous Lies We Tell Our Kids Hardcover – August 8, 2006

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"What you say to your children will greatly influence the way they view themselves and their world. In Pinocchio Parenting, Chuck Borsellino may help you discover that you are telling your children more lies than you realize -- and some of them may be whoppers!" Gary D. Chapman, PhD -- Best-Selling Author, The Five Love Languages

"This book is more than just another how-to-parent-your-children-the-right-way sort of book. It's wisdom, experience, and common sense all rolled into one." Nicholas Sparks -- Best-Selling Author, A Walk to Remember and The Notebook; Father of Five

"While reading Pinocchio Parenting, I felt my own nose growing as I tried to convince myself I'd never told my kids a fib...ha! Chuck's witty approach and wise advice make this book a joy to read, while offering the vital tools parents need to help their kids face the Real World by consistently speaking the truth in love." Liz Curtis Higgs -- Best-Selling Author, Bad Girls of the Bible

"Chuck Borsellino has written the book that every pastor and parent needs. I have thousands of books in my library, but none of them deal with these issues. This one is a home run!" Pastor Ted Haggard -- President of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE)

"Chuck has an uncanny ability to make abstract concepts practical and concrete. This book rips through the false perceptions that destroy lives and preserves the truth that can transform our kids!" Stephen Arterburn -- Best-Selling Author, Every Man's Series and Healing Is a Choice

"Once I picked up Pinocchio Parenting, I couldn't put it down. Instead of piling on heaps of guilt, Pinocchio Parenting offers practical help for communicating life's most important truths to our kids." Dr. Robert Jeffress -- Pastor; Best-Selling Author, Hell? Yes!

About the Author

Chuck Borsellino, PhD, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist and host of the nationally syndicated television program At Home Live! With Chuck & Jenni, which airs on the FamilyNet television network. Dr. Borsellino resides in Dallas and has been married to Jenni for more than twenty-seven years. Together, they have three children: Brittany, Cody, and Courtney.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books (August 8, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582295727
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582295725
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,856,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By G. Lane on March 8, 2014
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I found this book to be realistic, but realize that others might not feel the same way about it. I think we need to learn what our limitations are and work with what we have to make the best of ourselves. Others I have talked with about this disagree and feel that the sky is the limit and anybody can do anything they want to do. Unfortunately, in my opinion, life is not that simple and the author points that out.
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In the introduction to Pinocchio Parenting, Dr. Borsellino says that "Smart people believe half of what they hear. Really smart people know which half to believe." Remember Gepetto's Pinocchio, the puppet which became a little boy? The more lies he told, the longer his nose grew. Well, the author is suggesting that each time we verbalize certain "outrageous lies," we take on the aspects of this storybook character.

Perhaps we as parents have not looked at Dr. Borsellino's listings as lies, but he presents a strong discourse on each one. He and his wife Jenni wrote How To Raise Totally Awesome Kids, and he has a nationally syndicated television program called At Home Live! with Chuck and Jenni, so his credentials seem to underlie his talking points.

The author lists the 21 different lies in chapter form, relating examples and giving his truths at the end. I have chosen a few of the most familiar chapter headings and revealing truths as enticements for reading this book.

The number 1 lie is: "You can be anything you want to be," with his truth being: "You may not be able to be anything you want to be in life, but you can do the most you can with what you have and do it in a way nobody has ever seen before." Number 5 in the listing is: "It Doesn't Matter Whether You Win or Lose--It's How You Play the Game," with his truth listed as: "Winning isn't everything--but it does matter. People keep score for a reason." Number 11: "It's Not What You Know but Who You Know That Counts," with the truth being: "It's not about what you know--or who you know. It's what you do with what you know that matters most." Number 14: "It Doesn't Matter What You Do in Life, as Long as You're Happy," with the truth listed as: "Happiness isn't a right.
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Pinocchio Parenting is a truly exceptional book. The author has done extensive studies and provides simple, valuable insights and ideas that you can immediately apply. The 21 lies are profound and simply working on them with your kids will be an awesome experience/exercise. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has kids, teaches kids, or interacts with kids in any way. It is a wonderful playbook!
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