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"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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (April 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061346632
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061346637
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I bought this book because my grandson, now 4 yrs. old, was getting the better of me and my wife, or at least that was the way we looked at it. Actually we were having fun with him, but he was trying to get control over every situation. Now not having this problem with raising our three children, now adults, we did not know what to do. This book was bought to help us get some insight as to this and other problems that may occur.

As it turns out, the real problem is the digital age we live in is changing the way the children look at things. Raising our children was easier as there was never this much technology to deal with. There was plenty, but we tried to help them to stay grounded, and did not give into their wanting to get all the new devices they wanted. No a days it is not possible to keep all this from them as the world as a whole expects them to know how to use all this stuff before starting school.

The book has given us many things to help though, and I would recommend it to anyone that needs that little extra help in their lives when dealing with the youngsters these days.
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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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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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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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Easy to read book with practical parenting tips and advice for many questions we as parents have. I liked how there was not ONE set recommendation or true-for-all answer... but they suggested a few different options that vary for age and temperament of the child (and parent).
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As far as I'm concerned, you can take all the other parenting books and toss them out the window. "You're Not the Boss of Me" and Betsy's first book, "Just Tell Me What to Say" are all you need.

These books are so easy to navigate, so insightful, so right to the point and most of all, practical. Betsy really gets every age and truly understands how to help parents through some of the most challenging situations, giving suggestions and incredibly helpful and effective "Tips and Scripts." Personally, I have used them countless times with my daughter and in my case, they have been so useful. She has a gift of empowering parents and can help you feel like you can tackle the really big stuff without feeling overwhelmed or intimidated.

"You're Not the Boss of Me" is such a helpful resource to have handy in so many situations that may arise with your kids, from helping to build empathy to instilling honesty, respect, gratitude and self-reliance, just to name a few. At the end of the day, Betsy helps bring you back down to Earth, for lack of a better description. I have reached for both of her books on countless occasions and she has helped give me the words and tools to explain things/set boundaries and limits that are not only reasonable, but incredibly effective for my child.

Can't wait for the next book!!
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