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Visit Annie at her website, AnnieFox.comFollow Annie on Twitter: @Annie_FoxFollow Annie on Facebook: facebook.com/Annie.Fox.author

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  • File Size: 2941 KB
  • Print Length: 271 pages
  • Publisher: Electric Eggplant (November 24, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 24, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009P5JEZS
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When Annie Fox's first book "People Are Like Lollipops" (Holiday House) was published, she wasn't old enough to legally sign the contract! By the time she turned 21, though, she decided that helping kids would be her life's work. After graduating from Cornell University with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies then completing her Master's in Education, she began exploring ways to use technology to entertain kids while building their emotional intelligence skills.

In 1977, Annie and her husband David opened Marin Computer Center, the world's first public access microcomputer facility. Her work there led her to write her best selling book, "Armchair BASIC: An Absolute Beginner's Guide to Microcomputers and Programming in BASIC" (Osborn/McGraw-Hill). After a detour into the world of screen writing, Annie returned to computers as an award-winning writer/designer of children's CD-ROMs. (Putt-Putt; Madeline; Get Ready for School, Charlie Brown; and Mr. Potato Head Saves Veggie Valley are just a few of the titles on which she worked.)

At the dawn of the Internet age, Annie dreamed up the idea for The InSite (TheInSite.org), a place "for teens and young adults to turn their world around." She is the creator, co-designer, writer, and executive producer of that award-winning site. One of The InSite's most popular features is Hey Terra, a Cyberspace Dear Abby. Annie's first book for teens, "The Teen Survival Guide to Dating & Relating: Real World Advice About Guys, Girls, Growing Up And Getting Along" (2000, 2005 Free Spirit Publishing), is based on hundreds of emails to Terra and Annie's responses to them. "Teen Survival Guide" is now available as a free PDF download from TeenSurvivalGuide.com.

"Are You My Friend?" a Read-it-to-Me iBook was written by Annie Fox, illustrated by Eli Noyes and produced by Electric Eggplant. This digital story book for 4-8 year olds is the first of the Raymond and Sheila Series and is now available in print form on Amazon, and as Android apps for Kindle Fire, Nook Tablet, and other Android tablets. The second Raymond and Sheila story "Are We Lost?" will be available in print in 2013. See RaymondAndSheila.com for more info.

Annie's other books include: "Too Stressed to Think? A Teen Guide to Staying Sane When Life Makes You CRAZY," co-authored with Ruth Kirschner (Free Spirit Publishing) and the popular 3 book Middle School Confidential™ series (Free Spirit Publishing). Annie's Middle School Confidential apps (developed by Electric Eggplant) are available for iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire, Nook Tablet, and other Android tablets (see MiddleSchoolConfidential.com).

Through her conference appearances and public events for kids, tweens, teens, parents, and educators, Annie continues working toward her goal of empowering young people through increased emotional intelligence skills, social courage, and stress-reduction strategies. Her new book for parents and teachers, "Teaching Kids To Be Good People," is now available in print and for Kindle (see TeachingKidsToBeGoodPeople.com)

Visit Annie at her website, AnnieFox.com
Follow Annie on Twitter: @Annie_Fox
Follow Annie on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Annie.Fox.author

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I read this book when it was available for free download and since have given gift certificates through Amazon for friends to read. I love the blend of stories from the author's life and clear, easy to follow ideas for implementing communication and modeling good behavior.
It's familiar for me to give commands to kids, yet I would bristle if kids spoke to me in the same manner. "Please wash the dishes." is just as easy as a command.
The idea of a family meeting where a parent really listens is not a new concept to me, yet I tend to jump in to problem solve when listening actively would accomplish the goal. This book gave me a path and left me feeling as if I could be a better parent and in doing that, show the kids in my life how to be better people.
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Annie's anecdotes and insights, her warmth and wisdom, together with Real-World Assignments and Conversations That Count, have created a book that is both passionate and practical. Annie offers parents and teachers an important guide for understanding teens - in general and in the 21st century. What a gift!
Rae Pica, Education Consultant, Author, & Radio Host
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This book sat on my Kindle for a few weeks before I got around to reading it. Don't make the same mistake. Download it and read it NOW. But read it with a pen in hand or finger on the hi-lighter button! There were so many gems in this book. Original stuff coupled with action plans of how to incorporate it into your life. Even wording of what to say to your child. I'm memorizing many of them. So why only four stars? The 'What would you do section' drove me nuts. There was the question but you had to click to get the answer and then I lost my place. Petty really but then again if everyone gives this books five stars you might think we are paid to review this book and that would be a shame as this book can change the future of our most precious asset - our children!

Just one of my favourite quotes ... "Not even the hottest hate gives us a free pass to hurt anyone. That's why teaching kids to be good people, involves helping them to understand emotions so they can learn to diffuse their own incendiary devices before losing control and hurting someone."

"Pretending that what's going on around us is OK when it isn't, rarely leads to good choices. Neither does keeping our goodness locked inside because we're worried that our kindness will be mocked." (83 percent admitted that "sometimes, always, or almost always" they pretend things are OK when they aren't.) And the script Annie provides to tell your child about faking it is priceless.

The broken windows theory made so much sense. I found myself lost in her stories but always coming out at the end with incredible learning, especially the story about tossing your candy wrapper on the floor.

The Family Climate Questionnaire is currently printing and will be the focus of our next family meeting.

Loved her take on US vs. THEM. There is only US. Imagine if every parent read this book?
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Hello from Montana,

I really enjoyed reading this book and have already loaned it to my daughter. Annie makes me feel as if we are having a good conversation and swapping stories about how to help strengthen families and give parents tools.

Parents frequently tell me that they need to words to say in family situations. If parents were not parented how can they know what is "normal ages and stages" and what needs to be addressed with a firm voice?

Her writing paints a picture in my mind and I found myself smiling as I read. Wanted to shout "Yep, been there and done that and lived to laugh about it."

You will enjoy the various ways she gets the message of respectful communication across to parents, teachers and other caring adults.

Judy Helm Wright, author, speaker and Global Director of the Solutions for Families Program for the WIN.
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"Stellar! Unlike many solution-based parenting books, Teaching Kids to Be Good People is insightful, intuitive on so many levels... a truly meaningful book for our times. In an era when we feel confused about how to stay connected with our teens, Annie gives us practical, new advice we can use right now! The stories are so well written, you won't want to get up, so grab a cup of Joe in a comfy chair and turn off your phone. This book is going to change your relationships!"
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All my kids are grown and so are most of my 14 grand kids, but as a pediatrician I found this book to be an excellent source for hands on "how to" advice!

Ann's underlying premise is: Not all teachers are parents, but all parents are teachers! I couldn't agree more, and I would add that: All parents are their kids BEST teachers. Unfortunately not all parents believe that, but they will when they finish this little, easy to read, book.

I liked what she had to say about peer pressure by calling it "peer approval". We all seek approval from our peers, and many times we do "what's needed" to get that approval. That's OK, Ann says as long as it is the right thing, the thing we want to do, or is of neutral moral or social value. In my new book, for release this fall, "Tools for Effective Parenting", I call peer pressure - peer permission, which is in line with her thinking. Effective parenting, (the act, not my book) Ann says is "parenting which helps kids develop a code of ethics." And that code, must include integrity!

She has a great approach to bullying and "the village" parent concept. Bullying includes hard things like "online" and even "Credit card buying". Read it you'll love it, and it will help you as well as your children!

Two other things I really like: If you need something from your kids, or anyone, don't ask, TELL. I have heard so many parents ask their kids if they "Want to go home, or want to go to bed, or eat their dinner, or want to go to the rest room." Kids always say "No" and the parents feel frustrated. Her advice and mine: TELL them, "It's time to go home, to go to bed, or the bathroom." And "You need to do your home work, now!"

I like her "Butt in Campaign"!
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