Sunday, April 11, 2010
Book Review - You're Not The Boss Of Me
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, Betsy Brown Braun, bestselling author of Just Tell Me What To Say, has written the ultimate hands-on guide to cultivating, character traits that are tried and tested brat busters including gratitude, respect, honesty, independence and self reliance, among others.
Betsy’s down-to-earth advice and no-nonsense practical “tips and scripts” are derived from her expertise working with thousands of children (from toddlers to teens) and parents for over three decades. With Braun’s humorous, supportive and authoritative voice as a guide, parents can navigate some of the more difficult aspects of these formative years and lay the groundwork for their child’s future with confidence.
Betsy Brown Braun, best selling author of the award winning book Just Tell Me What to Say: Sensible Tips and Scripts for Perplexed Parents (HarperCollins, 2008), is a child development and behavior specialist, parent educator, multiple birth parenting consultant and founder of Parenting Pathways, Inc.
Betsy leads parenting groups, seminars, and offers private parent consultations throughout the nation. With over 35 years of experience in public and private early childhood and elementary education, Betsy has directed and founded school programs, taught in both public and private schools, has been a school director, and was the founding director of Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s Early Childhood Center. She holds an MA in Human Development and teaching credentials from Pacific Oaks College.
In 2001 Betsy founded, Parenting Pathways, Inc. to provide guidance to parents seeking the skills and confidence needed to negotiate the often-challenging parenting pathway. Her bestseller now in its 4th printing, Just Tell Me What To Say, presents the tried and true tools her clients use daily to handle situations that inevitably accompany raising children ages 2-6 and beyond. Just Tell Me What To Say has been translated into Greek, Korean, Portuguese, and Russian. Her second book, You’re Not
The Boss Of Me: Brat Proofing Your Kids will be released in April 2010.
Betsy’s parenting expertise has been featured in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, Cookie, Family Circle, Nick Jr., Parents, Parenting, Pregnancy and Newborn, Toddler, Twins, and Woman’s Day, among other publications. She has shared her expertise on the Today Show multiple times. Other television appearances have included The Early Show, Entertainment Tonight, Good Morning America, KNBC, and Fox News LA. She contributes to KNX news radio on child development, and has been a guest on countless radio programs nationwide, including NPR. Betsy is a frequent speaker at educational conferences, schools, and businesses.
Betsy and her husband Ray Braun are parents of adult triplets.
My Take on the Book
As a and parent I am always looking for advice on how to do better and be a better parent for my girls. As any parent knows, there are definitely no true guidebooks to being a parent, and much of what we learn is hands on, which means that at times we make mistakes (but isn't that how we learn?).
This book is a treasure trove of resources that were very down to earth. I enjoyed how easy this book was to read and how user friendly the advice was. I found myself taking bits and pieces of each chapter and trying to implement them within my own family with positive results.
What I loved most about the book was that in every section of the book there were numerous examples of how a parent could implement the strategies, this alone was worth the read!
I completely recommend this book to any parent trying to get a bit more help with their child, you will not be disappointed, I know I wasn't!
If you you would like to have this book as a part of your own collection, you can find it on Amazon!
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