Monday, August 30, 2010

You're Not the Boss of Me *review*

You're Not the Boss of Me
Brat-Proofing Your 4- To 12-Year-Old Child
by Betsy Brown Braun

Book Description (taken from

"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!


I thought You're Not the Boss of Me was an excellent book. I found it very easy to read with manageable chapters and straight-forward advice. I loved Braun's down to earth writing style. She seems like someone I would enjoy talking to in person which is always a bonus when reading parenting books.  I hate it when authors write in such a way as you feel belittled or like they think their readers are total morons. There was none of that with this book.

Each chapter has tips and conversation script suggestions for teaching your kids things like honesty, respect and responsibility. My sons are right in the age-range for this book (and my daughter almost is) so this book was very relevant for our family.

I really have no complaints but since I have a special needs kid I always appreciate it when parenting books include even small amounts of information on how their methods would work in that situation- because no matter what anyone thinks parenting a kid with Autism is different than parenting a neurotypical child.

If you are struggling with bratty behaviour in your children than You're Not the Boss of Me is definitely a good choice for you.

Thanks so much to HarperCollins and Betsy Brown Braun for sending me a review copy of this book.

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