Teach Your Children Well

Most people who stumble upon or actually choose to peek in on my blog are moms. Almost all are parents who want to raise healthy, happy, well adjusted children. You find practical advice on head lice (it’s still my #1 seller! Go figure!) or find solace in my anecdotes. Or, in laughing at me, you sit a little straighter, knowing you can top Jane in parenting ability.

Now, I’ve never claimed to be a parenting authority.

But I know someone who is.

Madeline Levine, PhD., author of Teach Your Children Well: Parenting For Authentic Success, uses “cutting edge research and thirty years of clinical experience” to help us be the parents we want to be. The best kind of cheerleader for our children. Encouraging, supportive, and nurturing. Her book shows us that superficial success is not what shapes an authentic self.

I am familiar with Ms. Levine’s book The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating A Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids.  I found it so interesting, I decided (since I’m not eligible for the giveaway – and I’m cheap) to request her newest book from our library. There’s a waiting list. Out of the 7 copies, all are checked out with a wait list. Looks like Amazon.com is going to squeeze a book out of me this month. Yep. I don’t want to wait. She’s that good.

Harper Collins has graciously offered a free book (read: GIVEAWAY!) for a reader of my blog. Simply comment below and share a proud mommy/daddy moment, a learning (aka bad mommy/daddy) moment, or simply respond with “I want a free book!” Any comment will do. I’m not picky.

Comment before 12:00pm, EST on Monday, August 13th 2012 and a random winner – from the U.S. or Canada – will be chosen. (Yes. Your fate lies in the sticky fingers of one of my sons.)

Good luck!

Thanks for reading!

And have a happy parenting day full of highs and short on lows!

Update: And the winner is……..Naptime Writing! I guess your two entries increased your odds just the right amount. That and the fact that my son rolled your lucky number on the dice. Congratulations! And thanks, too, to TKW, Robin, Velva, Rudrip and Cool Joe for playing.


Filed under children, Motherhood, parenting

7 responses to “Teach Your Children Well

  1. I want a free book! I can use all of the parenting help I can get!

  2. Here is the most practical book I ever used as a parent:

    Toilet Training in Less Than a Day – by Nathan Azrin and Richard Foxx (there is a newer edition that is just authored by Azrin)

    I used this book to potty train both of my children. It really worked! One day! They were happy. I was happy. I have to say I didn’t really trust that when it worked during the day, it would also work at night, so I used diapers at night for a week after our official potty training day. Both times, totally dry diapers every night.

  3. Jane-y Jane, I was just telling another blogger never to do giveaways or book reviews, but I have been dying to read this book since I heard a couple of interviews (and the ensuing controversies). So I have to say, boys, pick me. I need a good evidence-based parenting book.

    Parenting highs and lows? Sheesh. Not enough space here. Read my blog.

  4. Count me in! No doubt, I would really enjoy this book.

    Proud mommy/parenting moments? When my son said that in order to be an interesting person, you need to be open to having a lot of life experiences.

  5. A quote from Levine in today’s NYT:
    “There is no parent more vulnerable to the excesses of overparenting than an unhappy parent. One of the most important things we do for our children is to present them with a version of adult life that is appealing and worth striving for.”
    I need to work on that one. A lot. Pick me, boys.

  6. Damn and here I was already with a fantastic Daddy story to share, but I live in the UK. 😉

  7. Thanks for the recommendations. I will definitely add these books to my to- read pile.

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