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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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By Barbara on 03-07-11
Helicopter parents beware!
I love Larry Winget's works. I have a couple of his other audiobooks and while I have had a dressing down provided by Mr. Winget in regards to behaviour I exhibited in regards to my finances - what he said was right. I couldn't argue. That's what you will get in this book. Common sense, direct and in your face guidance that you cannot argue with. There are no strict guidelines or techniques but there is an ABUNDANCE of information about how to raise responsible, productive adults. That's what you're doing - raising adults, not raising children. If you are responsible for guiding the life of a burgeoning adult, and are able to look at your behaviour and the future adult's behaviour candidly and honestly you will get LOTS out of this book!
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By SID on 10-19-11
What are you willing to do for your kids?
This is my first Larry Winget book and I love it. He puts you on track to raise responsible adults and makes you look at what you're doing (or not doing) with your kids today. As a parent of a teenager I can relate to just about everything Larry has to say, from the current state of our young people to how we are raising our kids and why they are turning out the way that they are. It made me take a hard look at myself and I've resolved to "fix me and my parenting" so that my son will benefit and turn out to be a better adult.
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