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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; 1st Cliff Street Books Pbk. Ed edition (December 3, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060933798
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060933791
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Laura Schlessinger, a licensed marriage and family therapist, is one of the most popular talk-show hosts in radio history and the only woman to win the prestigious Marconi Award for syndicated radio. She is the author of twelve New York Times bestsellers, writes a daily blog, and is a regular Newsmax columnist. She is heard daily on Sirius/XM Channel 155 live, and her program is streamed and podcast on www.drlaura.com. Dr. Schlessinger has her own YouTube Channel (YouTube.com/drlaura). She is also the skipper and driver of a racing sailboat program that won the 2010 international race from Newport Beach to Cabo San Lucas. She and her husband live in Southern California.


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Dr. Laura Schlessinger received her Ph.D. in physiology from Columbia University and holds a post-doctoral certification from the University of Southern California and licensing in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is the author of nine New York Times bestsellers, including THE PROPER CARE AND FEEDING OF MARRIAGE. Her award-winning radio program is internationally syndicated by her Take On The Day company. It's broadcast every day on more than 250 stations, XM Satellite Radio, and the Armed Forces Network, and is stream-linked and podcast on www.drlaura.com.

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54 of 59 people found the following review helpful By A parent and a reader on April 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
Great book; it get's you thinking. My kids arre almost out of the nest and they are all I could ask for. Yes, I worked. But not until they were in school, almost always part time and I did not use 'working' as an excuse to not volunteer at school, sports, and generally be in my kids lives. The point is really about your priorities. Do you instinctively put your kids needs first? It's been interesting to see how things have worked out with families in our area. We have a large group of kids who have been together since kindergarten; now they are seniors. You can instantly tell which parents were connected, involved and had their priorities straight. Not all of them stayed home the whole time.

On and off I used to listen to Dr. Laura, frequently agreeing, but many times not. What I love is that she has an unpopular point of view and she's not going to let social, financial, or industry pressure dilute her message. Yes, she's frequently abrasive; so were many people who have made an impact in the course of events in this world. If you are a parent with young children READ THE BOOK at least it will give you important ideas to agree or disagree with.
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62 of 70 people found the following review helpful By S. Glowacki on August 26, 2001
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I would like to state that I do not agree with all Dr. Schlessinger has to say. BUT on this issue I do agree that too many parents these days place convienence and material wealth over the welfare of children. She does not condem those parents that must work literally to put food on the table, or a roof over a family's heads. Rather, it is a condemnation of personal greed, an attack on the ever increasing need to "keep up with the Joneses." I have been on both sides of the issue as a mother of two. If you are not able to put a career on hold, to not drive the newest car or plan a budget so tight it nearly strangles you - then you will find this book EXTREMELY uncomfortable/annoying/offensive/disturbing - pick your adjective. Personally I am not condeming families where both parents choose to work and use daycare/nannies, etc. I only ask that they truly consider their choices regarding their children, and this book can really help raise the issues parents need to consider. Read it with a grain of salt and an open mind. Believe me, I CAN'T WAIT till my youngest is off to school so I can go back to work during the day!!!
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92 of 107 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 2001
Format: Paperback
A WONDERFUL book that should be required reading for EVERY woman
before even getting pregnant. And share it with your husband! This
book gives real life problems and practical, common sense solutions
that actually work, as well as how to help combat the mainstream
attitude that children are here for us and for our 'fulfillment' and
pleasure. Parenting is a full time job. Not just a hobby to do in your
free time. This book will be hated by those who are selfish and don't
want to have to take responsibility and sacrifice for the child they
chose to bring into this world.
It's sad that we now need a book to tell us to do what both humans &
animals have been doing naturally for thousands of years, but people
have rejected in recent decades. The facts and the results prove true,
and they're worded straight to the point without a lot of fluff and
filler. I liked the original title better, but my guess is the words
were too big for some peo!ple. I got this one in hardback as soon as
it came out and it's the parenting book I value the most.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By IN, USA on November 25, 2005
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Dr. L. is straight forward and to the point which I appreciate. I only wish I would have read this book when I was 20 before an abortion, before living unmarried with a man I only used to take care of me, before dropping out of college. I live every day with guilt from the lifestyle my parents taught me and never talked about with me. I am finally my kid's Mom and a good one after reading and listening to Dr. Laura whom I detested for a long time because she was talking to and about people just like me. Thanks Dr. Laura for making me a better person, Mom and loving female. I will teach my child morality, abstinence, about STD's, self control, self respect and that once you have children they are what is most important until they leave your home with the education to give them the most out of life which they ultimately should receive from their parents. It is my job to raise my children not the schools or daycares. Dr. Laura did work when she had her young son and she also made mistakes but her book is about doing what is right so if that is what you want to do then read this book. Dr. Laura worked around her son so she could be home with him which is exactly what she preaches for all parents to do. It really is black and white and comes down to the choices we all make.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 9, 2004
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Ok. Let's really get a few things straight for those of you who have read some of the 1-2 star rating reviews and feel discouraged about redaing this book. For one thing, yes Dr. Laura does use the straight-in-your face, to the point kind of language in this book. But, I would never go as far to say that she is "insulting" because I accept that there are different types of personalities in this world and she has made it quite clear, if you have ever listened to her radio program, that that is just her personality and the way she is. Secondly, she has stated time and time again that she is not AGAINST the female race and working parents, she is simply SO passionate about the raising of children and making sure that parents place their children as a priority ABOVE their careers, that she comes off sounding as though she's insulting people when she really is not. Also, I have heard so many callers that FINALLY "get it" and change their lives for the better after Dr laura's to the point, in your face advice is given. For so many it is like cold water being splashed in their face, to wake them up and make them realize the mistakes they are making that are hurting their children. Thanks to her, so many families have changed around their whole life styles in order to allow the mother to stay home with their children. And there are actually people that believe that daycare is BETTER than having a real parent around? Are you kidding yourselves? Would that be the choice YOU would have made as a child? "Day care, nanny, or your mommy--what's it gonna be kid?"
"Oh Day care please!!! I get so much socialization!" Give me a break! Tell the kids that are exhausted and worn out from 9-10 hour days in day care, that it's actually better for them than their own parents.
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