"Me, Me, Me" Epidemic: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Capable, Grateful Kids in an Over-Entitled World

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Penguin, 2015 - Family & Relationships - 321 pages
Whenever Amy McCready mentions the 'entitlement epidemic' to a group of parents, she is inevitably met with eye rolls, nodding heads, and loaded comments about affected children. It seems everywhere one looks there are preschoolers who only behave in the grocery store for a treat, narcissistic teenagers posting selfies across all forms of social media, and adult children living off their parents.

Parenting expert Amy McCready reveals in this book that the solution is to help kids develop healthy attitudes in life. By setting up limits with consequences, and training them in responsible behavior and decision-making, parents can rid their homes of the entitlement epidemic and raise confident, resilient, and successful children. Whether parents are starting from scratch with a young toddler or navigating the teen years, they will find in this book proven strategies to effectively quell entitled attitudes in their children.

'If there's one thing parents need to teach their kids-well beyond getting into college or finding a job-it's how to be humble, contributing citizens of the world. If you're a weary parent trying to do just that, you'll find encouragement and practical know-how in the clear and enjoyable pages of this book.'Daniel H. Pink,New York Times-bestselling author ofDrive- The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

'Do you cave in to your kids' demands even when you know it's a bad idea? Do you rescue your kids when they forget things? Do you find yourself 'over-contributing' to your child's school project so he can meet the deadline? Most parents do these things because they can't figure out what else to do in the heat of the moment. Amy McCready shows parents why this kind of parenting raises kids who don't learn from experience, don't take responsibility, and are no fun to live with! She describes exactly what parents can do and say to set appropriate limits and help kids develop resilience.'Dr. Laura Markham, author ofPeaceful Parent, Happy Kids

'Every time Amy McCready has been a guest onTodayI have found myself agreeing with absolutely everything she says. She's a no-nonsense, commonsense communicator, andThe 'Me, Me, Me' Epidemicoffers parents great wisdom and practical advice.'Kathie Lee Gifford

'The 'Me, Me, Me' Epidemicis probablythemost important parenting book of the decade. Ms. McCready brilliantly helps us turn from unhealthy parenting to great parenting in a simple, fun and workable manner.'Meg Meeker, M.D., bestselling author ofStrong Fathers, Strong Daughtersand cohost of James Dobson's Family Talk radio show

'Amy McCready never fails to share the strategies parents need to empower their kids, empower themselves, and know that they are giving their children the very best start in a complicated world.The 'Me, Me, Me' Epidemicis a must-read for every parent who wants to raise great kids without raising their voice.'Michele Borba, Ed.D., educational psychologist and author ofThe Big Book of Parenting Solutions

'This book immediately motivated me to stop doing things for my children that they can do for themselves. My eyes were opened to the many ways my children could contribute to the family and become prepared to thrive in the real world.'Rachel Macy Stafford,New York Timesbestselling author ofHands Free Mama
 

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The Me, Me, Me Epidemic: A Step-By-Step Guide to Raising Capable, Grateful Kids in an Over-Entitled World

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Parenting expert McCready (If I Have to Tell You One More Time) has noticed a disturbing trend: an “epidemic” of entitled children who are demanding and spoiled. Parents, she asserts, spend too much ... Read full review

THE ME, ME, ME EPIDEMIC: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Capable, Grateful Kids in an Over-Entitled World

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A guide to stopping the helicoptering, lawn-mowing, and overindulging that can lead to entitled, self-centered thinking in children. Everybody knows one or is one: the helicopter parent, always ... Read full review

Contents

The Great GiveIn
25
Theyre Not Helpless
59
Overcontrol
97
Creating a Consequential Environment
137
Great Reasonable Expectations
179
UnCentering Their Universe
278
Its Okay Not to Be Special
304
Acknowledgments
313
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Amy McCready is the founder of Positive Parenting Solutions, author of If I Have to Tell You One More Time . . . The Revolutionary Program That Gets Your Kids to Listen Without Nagging, Reminding, or Yelling, and a regular parenting contributor for Today. She lives with her husband and two teenage boys in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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