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Teaching Kids to Be Good People: Progressive Parenting for the 21st Century Paperback – October 3, 2012
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ANNIE FOX is an internationally respected character educator and the author of five books for teens about growing up and getting along. Her books include “The Teen Survival Guide to Dating and Relating,” “Too Stressed to Think?” (with Ruth Kirschner), and the popular Middle School Confidential™ book and app series. Since 1997, when she launched groundbreaking teen website The InSite, Annie has been answering teen and parenting questions from around the world. Because of her unique insight into adult-t(w)een relationships, she is a sought-after speaker who takes equal delight connecting with students, educators, and parents. Annie Fox may be reached through her website, AnnieFox.com
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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"! If you see a child, even if it's not yours, doing something good, compliment them! If they are doing something not so good, like hitting another child or taunting someone, tell them that's not the way to act, we should not hurt other people!
I really loved this book, Fox told a story at the end of each topic and asked the reader what s/he would say or do in this situation. Then she would say, read my response at some number, I did not know what that number meant until I got to the end of the book and found all her responses. In a hard copy this would not have been a problem, but I am not experienced enough with e-reading to make it work, even if I had known the numbers referred to pages
However, after Annie read my review she,like the great teacher she is sent me this message: "I just read your comprehensive review of "Teaching Kids to Be Good People".... what a great way to start my day! Thank you so much for the obvious thoroughness of your reading and your writing about it. I really appreciate the time you took to review the book and (of course) your high praise. I did want to let you know, about the quibble you had with the e-book Q & A layout. We set up the answer section separate from the questions to encourage the reader to really think about their response before referencing mine. I understand that you weren't clear where the answers were. In the e-book there is a link after each question that says: Read my reply, by clicking on that link, the reader is taken directly to the answer! Then, by simply clicking the BACK BUTTON (of every e-reader and browser) you are returned to your place in the text where you were reading. AKA, back where you started from.
"Reading in the e-book version, with this automatic Back and Forth, is actually easier than with the print version, though I LOVE your suggestion for parents to read the book with a pen and notebook in hand!
"Sorry you had any confusion with the Q & A. Thanks again for this excellent review!"
Thanks Annie for your lesson in e-book reading; you proved, once again, how valuable a good teacher is!
This is a great book, I would recommend reading it in hard paper version and having a pen and note book in hand. It's a book worth keeping and referring to often as your child grows. In short, ITS A REAL GEM!
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.
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?
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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