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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (April 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061346632
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061346637
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

"Save me! My child is acting like a brat!"

What parent hasn't thought her child was a brat at one point or another? Whether your child really is a brat, is at risk of becoming one, or is simply trying to grow up in a world filled with temptations and distractions, you'll love this book! It's the ultimate hands-on guide to cultivating character traits that are tried-and-true "bratbusters." Full of no-nonsense, practical "Tips and Scripts," You're Not the Boss of Me offers just the help you need to deal with many of the more challenging behaviors typical of four- to twelve-year-olds. With Betsy Brown Braun's humorous, supportive, and authoritative voice as a guide, navigating some of the most exasperating aspects of these formative years with confidence and laying the groundwork for your child's future just got a whole lot easier!

It's All Here—What to Say and Do to Help Your Child:

  • Get Over the Gimmes
  • Tell the Truth
  • Be Self-Reliant
  • Develop Empathy
  • Show Gratitude
  • Be Respectful
  • Take Responsibility
  • Be Independent
  • Exercise Humor
  • and Not Be Spoiled!

About the Author

Betsy Brown Braun is the bestselling author of Just Tell Me What to Say, a renowned child development and behavior specialist, popular parent educator, and mother of adult triplets. She is a frequent speaker at educational and business conferences, has been a guest expert on Today, the Early Show, Good Morning America, and NPR, and has been cited in USA Today, the New York Times, Family Circle, Parents, Parenting, Cookie, and Woman's Day, among other publications. As the founder of Parenting Pathways, Inc., Betsy offers private consulting and parent seminars as well. She and her husband live in Pacific Palisades, California.


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Borrowed this book from library to read and it was awesome.
Suz
Lots of helpful information, and little tips to keep you on track with raising an independent child.
shir
Thanks to Betsy for another book filled with practical, useful, advice.
Anne Zimmerman

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Erica R. on April 22, 2010
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I absolutely love this book and have been awaiting the release - well, I have not been disappointed! Betsy's advice in this book is consistent and right-on, as was her guidance from her first book. It's such a pleasure to have books that speak to the current challenges of parenting and give no-nonsense, straight forward advice as well as specific scenarios and scripts. Not only have I continually used her previous book for my personal parenting challenges, but repeatedly recommend it to my clients as well. The same is absolutely true of "You're Not the Boss..." I immediately flipped to the chapter of my current challenge and will at some point devour every page. Once again, I will be using this book for my own guidance and professionally as well. Thank you Betsy - this is just what we all need. I await the next child development stage...

Dr. E.M. Rivera, Psychologist & mother of two.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By V. Thornton on August 19, 2010
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This is a keeper, front and center on the bookshelf, to refer to again and again! I learned so much from this book and Betsy on the important things in life: gratitude, self-reliance, independence, respect, empathy, responsibility and the list goes on. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to be a better person, and parent. - Vicky from VickyandJencom
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Carol Ray on February 9, 2011
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I'm a licensed psychotherapist and I loan this book out to my clients! It has a lot of practical parenting advice!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Little Miss Party Planner on May 6, 2010
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I love this book! Betsy gives such great advice that is so useful and very insightful! Everything she says is very logical and I find it easy to translate into my family's every day life. Keep on writing Betsy!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Claudine Wolk VINE VOICE on May 10, 2010
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You're Not the Boss of Me is a terrific, no-nonsense, current parenting resource whose time has come. This book is the kind of book that can be read as issues arise. I love that. The book is laid out beautifully and is very easy to navigate. As the author tells us, it is chock full of great information that can be a bit overwhelming to read at one sitting, so using the book as a reference manual is where it is at its best.

The book covers parenting topics (geared to 4-12 year olds)including: communication, independence, discipline, boredom, honesty, spoiling, and sense of humor, just to name a few. Some of my favorites pieces of wisdom and I'm paraphrasing here: p2. If you think your child does not hear you, think again. p.73 Praise as a technique p.94 Address the behavior NOT the child. p.96 Parents need privacy, too (the whole idea that by a parent demanding privacy themselves, they set a great example for their kids. We forget that sometimes!) P.99 Gossip about your child's good behavior P 145. Leave Your Child Alone This was my absolutely favorite section of the book - a can't miss! I could go on and on! The two appendices at the back of the book are full of little gems, too: Fifty-Two Cures of Affluenza and 100 Ways to Say "Good Job."

This book is a resource that very parent will come to depend on. I anticipate many frayed pages from over-use. A terrific gift for new parents.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jill L. Spivack on February 4, 2011
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What I love about this book is that the chapters are broken down into manageable simple-to-read chunks where parents can understand what the issues are quickly and then get right to the necessary and extremely useful tips and scripts! This is truly pragmatic advice that helps parents to create more balance and harmony in their families while using respectful and developmentally appropriate strategies. As a therapist and parenting group leader, I often recommend this book to the parents I work with in my moms groups! If you want to teach your children to be independent, creative and respectful, this is the book to have!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sister Artist on January 28, 2011
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Betsy always keeps it real! She is plain spoken, honest, and most important, helpful. Her advice is wise and immediately applicable.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Eichenstein on May 9, 2010
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Once again, Betsy Brown Braun, in her newest book, has nailed so many current problems that parents face with their children using humor, common sense and practical advice. But with a twist, since Betsy's personal style feels as if she is talking to you directly. Betsy uncovers subtle yet important nuances of parenting such as voice tone, mirror neurons, eye contact, building empathy, and selfishness, as well as the oh-so-common refrain of childhood: "I'm Bored". I particularly like the way that Betsy provides 'scripts' for parents to follow, thus providing important role models for young parents. In this world of fragmented families, Betsy provides the important voice of the matriarch in our global village, imparting practical advice and support. You will feel as if she is in your living room at times, for the situations that Betsy chooses to highlight in these pages will be familiar to many parents. As a practicing psychologist, I am purchasing several copies of this book to keep on my office resource shelf for my clients!
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