Your Kids Are Your Own Fault: A Fix-the-Way-You-Parent Guide for Raising Responsible, Productive Adults

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Penguin, Dec 24, 2009 - Family & Relationships - 272 pages
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Straight-talking, bestselling Pitbull of Parenting Larry Winget says "This is not a fix your kid book. It's a fix the way you parent book. You owe it to your kids to parent with a plan!"

Being a parent is the toughest job in the world, especially with the increasing number of negative influences and pitfalls facing our kids today, from childhood obesity and out-of-control celebrity culture to the dangers of the internet and credit card debt. Larry Winget has never been one to shy away from tough truths, and what he says here may well be difficult for some parents to swallow: we are in the midst of a crisis with our kids. Kids today are over-indulged, over-entertained, under-achieving, and under-disciplined, with a sense of entitlement that is crippling society. And the real problem is that parents aren't paying attention to what's going on. If they were they would realize that most kids today barely read and write, except with their thumbs on their cell phones!

Well-behaved, respectful kids are the exception, not the rule, and for the most part, parents are to blame. Responsible parenting is about beginning with the end in mind and parenting with a plan. But most parents have never stopped to consider what kind of adult they want to raise. They have all this fun creating a baby, but they don't have a plan for the end product.

Larry's message to parents: Teach your kids to become the best adults they can be. But don't expect your kids to improve until you improve. Your Kids Are Your Own Fault covers familiar lessons and principles that have led Larry's readers to greater success with money, career, and goal setting, this time at a level where they can be taught to children. This book shows parents how to design the adult they want their kid to become and work backwards to make sure it happens. Kids don't come with an instruction manual, but finally being a parent does!

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Exactly the book I was looking for when searching for parenting ideas and approaches for my children. Larry is in-your-face, brash, direct, and blunt. He certainly subscribes to the school of Radical ... Read full review

Contents

PAY ATTENTION HERE
I HAVE GREAT KIDS LARRY I DONT NEED THIS BOOK
WHAT GIVES YOU THE RIGHT TO TEACH PARENTING LARRY?
I CANT FIX YOUR KID
MY PERSONAL REQUEST TO YOU
LETS VISIT THE TIME MACHINE
WHY DO KIDS DO WHAT THEY DO?
WHO IS TO BLAME?
WHERE TO START
THE 101010 RULE
HOUSEHOLD FINANCES SHOULD NOT BE A SECRET
LOANING MONEY TO KIDS
TEACH MATH SKILLS AND THEIR RELEVANCE TO MONEY
CREDIT
YOUR MONEY WILL BE SPENT ON WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO YOU
AND

COMMUNICATION IS LEARNED
TALKING
BAD GRAMMAR SLANG AND YOU KNOW STUFF LIKE THAT
COMMUNICATE YOUR LOVE
COMMUNICATE EXPECTATIONS
COMMUNICATE CONSEQUENCES
COMMUNICATE REALISM
COMMUNICATE WITH TOTAL HONESTYEVEN WHEN THE TRUTH HURTS
COMMUNICATE THAT YOU WILL ALWAYS BE THERE
COMMUNICATE OFTEN
COMMUNICATE LIKE A PARENT
GET YOUR KIDS INVOLVED TOO
CAN YOU BE TOO INVOLVED?
PLAYING
TEASING
Zig connects with my sixyearold
CODE OF CONDUCT
CHAIN OF COMMAND
MY ROOFMY RULES
BEHAVIOR CANNOT BE IGNORED
DISCIPLINE IN THE REAL WORLD
DIFFERENT KIDS REQUIRE DIFFERENT PUNISHMENTS
WHAT DOES YOUR TOOLBOX LOOK LIKE?
DONT THREATEN YOUR KID
NO SCAPEGOATS
THE BEST NEWS OF ALL
A BACKWARD APPROACH
TEACH THE RIGHT STUFF
WHAT IS THE SINGLE BEST THING YOUR PARENTS TAUGHT YOU?
THE WINGET BOYS WEIGH IN
THE LESSON OF THE DOG BISCUIT
YOUR TURN TO PLAY
WHAT DO YOU WISH YOUR PARENTS HAD TAUGHT YOU?
YOUR TURN AGAIN
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN
SEX IS AMAZING
IM PREGNANT
IM GAY
LOVE YOURSELF
LET THEM SEE YOU FIGHT
LARRYS IDEAS FOR MARRIAGE
DIVORCE
DATING
TO THE PARENTS OF GIRLS
TO THE PARENTS OF BOYS
WHAT TO TEACH YOUR KIDS ABOUT GETTING ALONG WITH OTHERS
SIBLING RIVALRY PLAYING FAVORITES AND HOW TO KEEP YOUR KIDS FROM KILLING ONE ANOTHER
WEIGHT
EXERCISE
SMOKING
CLOTHES
FOR GIRLS
FOR BOYS
PIERCINGS
BULLIES
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?
CELL PHONES
SEXTING
KIDS AND LYING
YOUR SIGNATURE
GOAL SETTING
DECISION MAKING
THE TWO FOURLETTER WORDS CRITICAL FOR SUCCESS
TEACH YOUR KIDS YOUR PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE
THE IRONYAND IT SUCKS
THE OTHER SIDE OF IRONYAND IT DOESNT SUCK
LET EM GO
WHAT IS THE TEST FOR SUCCESS?
CAN YOU DO IT?
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Larry Winget is one of the country’sleading business speakers anda member of the National SpeakersAssociation Hall of Fame. He isthe author of the New York Timesand Wall Street Journal bestsellersYou’re Broke Because You Wantto Be and It’s Called Work for aReason!, and the Wall Street Journaland BusinessWeek bestseller ShutUp, Stop Whining, and Get a Life.

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