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You're Not the Boss of Me: Brat-proofing Your Four- to Twelve-Year-Old Child Paperback – April 20, 2010
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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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Top Customer Reviews
Dr. E.M. Rivera, Psychologist & mother of two.
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.
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.
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!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book should be called "How To Make Your Child the Most Intolerable Brat EVER".
Cliche' book with TERRIBLE advice.
Your child screaming in the store? Read more
Got for my daughter who is raising a highly intelligent 3 year old...she's gonna need it!Published 5 months ago by D. Vaughn
Good book, We have a few issues that are not covered in the book,but still recommend for all parents.Published 9 months ago by Denise Mullen
I have only started this book, but as a Grandmother I wish I had this many years ago. A must read!Published 10 months ago by JOSEY DORR