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Miss Manners' Guide to Rearing Perfect Children Paperback – May 17, 2002
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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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This book is funny and at the same time you can get a few tips regarding manners.
My only complain is the packaging was not protective of the book and the book suffered... Read more
Some things don't ever need to change and Judith Martin knows what they are. She holds the standard for proper behavior very high.Published on March 28, 2013 by Patricia Carroll
Right now I'm reading this for probably the 4th time. I read it first when it came out in 1984, the year our youngest child was born. Read morePublished on March 18, 2012 by Wardrobe Books