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The Parenting Breakthrough: Real-Life Plan to Teach Kids to Work, Save Money, and Be Truly Independent Paperback – Dolby, August 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Deseret Book Company (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590384415
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590384411
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love being a parent and am always looking for new ideas on how to improve.
HAPPYMAMA
Thanks Merrilee for sharing your wisdom and wit with those of us wanting to raise truly independent children.
Marilee Blonquist
I've read many parenting books and articles over the years, and this is one of the best I've found.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mayflower Girl TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 31, 2011
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OK, my guess is that the vast majority of people who buy this book are Mormon, or know that it's written by a Mormon Mom, etc. The Deseret Books published would be a hint for those in the know--but as I live far from Utah, I'm not "in the know."

Nonetheless, even though I'm not Mormon, I still found this book quite entertaining and useful. Let's be honest, a lot of great Mormon Moms and Dads have written some great parenting/family books--Stephen Covey, Richard and Linda Eyre, etc.

There's a mix of new and old here. The chores/plan reminded me a bit of other books I have bought such as, "Children Who Do Too Little" and "401 Ways to Get Your Kids to Work at Home." You can also google age appropriate chores, etc. to get an idea what to have. As for skills--when they need them--that's more personal. I really liked the author's idea of having kids responsible for clothing and school supplies as teens (twelve in her book)--and offering a budget. That's a great and important tool to teach.

Where I think this book shines is in the way its written, the humor, and the faith within (even if it's not my faith). I really liked the emphasis on values and a family motto/mission statement as well.

Well worth the money.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By HAPPYMAMA on November 3, 2005
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I consider myself an avid collector of "parenting" books. I love being a parent and am always looking for new ideas on how to improve. I also consider a book worth the cover if I take one truly great idea, thought, or tip from it. Well, this book has "paid" for itself DOZENS of times in the past week of my reading it. I've never had so much fun reading a parenting book (I find myself snorting with laughter!) and so anxious to run and implement the ideas. Merrilee has a gift for instilliing confidence in you just by reading her no-nonsense and witty approach. The neat thing about this book is that it covers ALL levels of parenting (from the totally "I don't have a clue as to what I'm doing here!" to the "hey, I think I'm pretty good, doing but could always do better.") If you plan (not just hope!) to raise INDEPENDENT, COMPETENT, CONFIDENT, PRODUCTIVE, HARD WORKING, WELL ADJUSTED, FRUGAL, GRATEFUL young adults...and would like some excellent advice from a smart lady who is...READ THIS BOOK!!! It is soooo readable and doable. Your children will thank you for this one!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RuthAnne Day on August 24, 2005
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I have four children ages 6, 6, 4, & 1. I've been trying to introduce chores and a sense of responsibility to the running of the household to my oldest kids. Mrs. Boyack has found an approach that makes sense, and an attitude of "training" your children, not just nagging them, and this makes for people capable of taking care of themselves on all levels once they leave home.

The "plan" and the five year goal time line are great ideas that helped solidify some of the ideas I've had, but hadn't figured out how to implement just yet. She also has some good ideas on allowance, earning money, and other financial tasks that are essential for children to understand once they grow up.

The author has a great sense of humor and readily admits that her family is not perfect either, but there is hope, and progress can be made. This is not your average parenting book. Thank you very much Merrilee Boyack.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marilee Blonquist on May 6, 2006
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What a delightful book to read on a topic that can be more than overwhelming. I laughed, I plotted, I planned... all so I can raise great children. Thanks for the practical, smart ideas. My sister recommended this book to me and I've passed it along to several friends already. There are several more I can't wait to share it with. Thanks Merrilee for sharing your wisdom and wit with those of us wanting to raise truly independent children.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Erickson on December 5, 2005
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This is the only one you need. Allowance, discipline, work... I didn't realize all of the things that my kids should be able to do and I look forward to teaching them step by step so that they will be prepared for the real world. What a wonderful book. I recommended it to a friend. After she read it, she bought two more copies for herself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Adam on April 17, 2006
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This book is excellent not only for struggling parents, but for good parents raising children! It gives you great and realistic ideas on how to better your parenting. Many children are smart or athletic but can't function well as an independent adult. This book fills that parenting weakness and teaches parents how to raise their children better.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Katherine J. High on August 6, 2005
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I bought this book thinking I would read it and get a couple things out of it that might help, but I was happily surprised! I read the entire book the day I bought it and re-read most of it the next day. My husband has even agreed to read it so that we can both be on board applying what is in it to our family. At one point in my life I was a head resident at the girls dorms at BYU Idaho. You would not believe how many girls I tought to do their laundry or to clean basic things. They had never had the chance to do those things growing up! I have four children ages 7, 5, 3 & 3. Yes the last are twins and this book is going to get my kids on a path of success! They will be the ones teaching their roommates someday! I am so excited to start training our children to be independant! Thank you Merrilee!
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