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Judith N. Martin is currently Herberger Professor of Communication in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University. She received her Ph.D. in speech communication from the Pennsylvania State University. She also studied at the Universite de Grenoble for a year, and was involved in study aboard administration for a number of years. She also has experience in cross cultural training and has co-authored three books with Prof. Tom Nakayama. Her current research interests focus on: the role of communication in cross cultural transitions, white identity and and communication, and pedagogical issues in teaching intercultural communication.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (May 17, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743244176
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743244176
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jessica E. Bowen on April 13, 2004
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Forget all those smarmy books full of buzz words and advice that will never work on real kids. Miss Manners knows what it really takes to raise polite kids. She also is so funny that you will literally laugh out loud while you read through this book. You'll read it straight through like a novel and you'll be so glad to have it on hand to answer questions that pop up. A fantastic baby shower gift!
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I read this book when my oldest was an infant and I can tell you the book was great. The part I remember most was right in the beginning. Miss Manners divides parents in to two types. There are the type who beam when they see their children, love them to death, and think they are wonderful, then there are the type who consider their children difficult and a terrible inconvenience. The ones who think their kids are wonderful wind up with children who want to please their parents and become great people with far less difficulty.

For the record I have one in college and two are still teenagers. They are not particularly easy, in fact people gave me a very hard time when they were younger. Following the advice int his book worked and we developed a calm and happy household. My critics who followed various popular child rearing methods from experts now have difficult and rebellious teenagers and my kids are mostly easy excepting a few perfectly normal hormonal eruptions. I constantly get comments on my children's wonderful manners. My daughter who is exceptionally oppositional recently complained that she cannot have any fun rebelling because everything is her choice. I am not permissive, they do not choose consequences, but from a young age I have had total faith in their ability to figure things out from their own experience and ultimately make good choices as they get older.

Other books that helped me were James Dobson's "Dare to Discipline" and his book on oppositional children. People around me considered my kids very difficult from about birth to age 6-10 depending on the child, so I can assure you parents out there that these methods really do work and Miss Manners is not starting out with Perfect Children, she is teaching people how to develop them.
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Did you ever wish your children were presentable in public? Did you ever wish they were tolerable at home? Then this book is for you! And if your children are already presentable and tolerable, you'll die laughing at Miss Manners' wit and wisdom. You'll reread this book every year and enjoy it every time. Before you know it, you'll be enjoying an outing to the mall with all your kids in tow.
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Miss Manners is a sly, snarky, and witty woman with a great attitude about child rearing. This book is not so much a step by step guide but, rather a large collection of letters and replies on all things family and child related. If you long for the good old days when kids were raised with good boundaries, structure and an expectation to behave respectfully, this book is a wonderful walk down memory lane. If you were to adopt her no-nonsense approach, other parents might gasp but, eventually they will be stricken with remorse when they realize your child didn't end up an entitled, narcissistic brat. Miss Manners will empower you to say "because I said so" without a hint of shame or weakness. She also gives plenty of delightful advice on how to deal with the childish adults in our lives along with practical tips on things such as how to create lasting family traditions.
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The first thing Miss Manners acknowledges is that no one is perfect. What she does here is to help set the child up for success and make parenting less stressful. Miss Manners wants children to learn the rituals and rhetoric that will help them move almost flawlessly through the mazes of adulthood. She advocates civil and intelligent handling of childen, and she considers corporal punishment repugnant, a failure on several levels. If you are looking for a good read, entertaining real-people problems, and gracious guidance, here it is!
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I used Miss Manners' advice when raising my children. I remember her writing that boredom was not allowable, so, when my daughter complained of boredom at the age of nine, I made several suggestions, none of which she liked. One of us came up with the idea of putting on a play in the garage. That turned into a theater company by and for children who made their own sets, created some of their own scripts, did Shakespeare and Tom Stoppard, and all in the front yard. Both of my children are now young adults and are very decent human beings. All pregnant friends and colleagues of mine are getting this book as a gift. It's beautifully written, the advice is impeccable, and I highly recommend it.
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Super collection of helpful and delightful comments from Miss Manners, whose sense of decorum is matched only by her sense of humor!
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Interesting, humorous and fun to read. It is larger than I expected. It does have good information in it, and can be read a little at a time.
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