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Thursday, April 2, 2009

How To Mess Up Your Child's Life (Giveaway!)

Let's face it. Being a parent is tough work. Olivia and Kurt Bruner have taken a great approach to this difficult job: Instead of working hard everyday and failing at this whole parenting thing, they recommend changing your perspective and aim for raising lazy, messed-up children. You've got to read this book! It's a hoot!

How to Mess Up Your Child's Life: Proven Strategies & Practical Tips.

Each chapter in this book focuses on a different habit (seven habits of highly DEFECTIVE people) that will slowly but surely dissolve a child's character and form them into unhappy and unproductive adults. What more could we hope for for our kids?

Here are a few quick tips:
*Feed an enormous ego by always rescuing children from failure
*Encourage deep-seated discontentment by modeling resentment for what others have
*Kindle an expressive temper by showing children how to get even when they've been offended
*Develop a keen sense of greed by giving kids everything they want
*Inspire laziness by doing the children's chores yourself

Of course, parents don't really want their children to fail, but how many of us do these things that are leading our children down the wrong road? The Bruners' message really hit home with me. I try my best, but there were a few of the deadly traps that I recognized in my own habits at home.

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What about you? What are your biggest challenges as a parent? Tell me one of your best parenting tips (or something NOT to do!) for a chance to win a copy of this great book! I've got 5 copies to give away! (US/Canda residents only. No POBoxes, please). This giveaway will end next Thursday, April 9 at 10:00 pm. Winners will have 48 hours to contact me with their address info.

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Good luck! :)

51 comments:

  1. I guess the best parenting tip I have is to make sure you don't take your frustrations out on your kids. I know that sometimes I fail miserably at this and end up yelling at them for the smallest thing. I really try and calm down and take myself out of that mood before I talk to the kids.

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  2. Your button is on my side bar.

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  3. I'm a follower and this is such a cool giveaway!!!
    A parenting tip I love is to not overwhelm your kids with questions when they get home from school, a playdate, etc. Just say "Welcome Home".

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  4. I would l♥ve to read this book it sounds really funny and great :)

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  5. Parenting Tip:
    Spend one on one time with each child

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  6. Yahoo! Please add 5 more entries for me :) I just posted this on my blog and linked it back to your blog! Thanks for the great giveaways!

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  7. Parenting Tip:
    Tell each child often you l♥ve them!

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  8. Parenting Tip:
    Show each child you l♥ve them by spending time as a family serving others! This not only will bless others lives but your families as well :) And at the same time it will teach your children a great lesson on service!

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  9. I added you to my blog roll!
    I l♥ve your blogs :)

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  10. Parenting tip: Pick your battles. My biggest challenge? Picking my battles.

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  11. Hmmm....best parenting tip?! My oldest is only four but I've already learned that they learn far more from watching what I do than to listening to what I say....the good and the bad. And that book sounds hilarious!

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  12. This book sounds good!
    My best parenting tip? Rate your irritation. Socks left on the floor? D. Running out into the street? A! Then act accordingly.

    (And I'm already a follower!)

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  13. And I already have your button up on my blog.

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  14. Oh... I need this book for my 12 year old! So I can show him how I'm NOT messing him up!

    My tip is to always listen and be there for your children. I try to have a good relationship with them especially now that they're getting older, so if they need to talk, they feel like they can come to me!

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  15. Here's my tweet: http://twitter.com/pricousins/status/1442567877

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  16. I'm a follower of both of your blogs.

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  17. I faved your blog at technorati: pricousins

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  18. My best parenting tip is a cliche but true -- spend time with your kids b/c one day they will leave. Turn off the TV, foget about the housekeeping (at least sometimes) and talk to them about whtas going on with them
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Kimspam66(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  19. my biggest tip is do not compare kids- they are each unique and one of kind- sorta hard to remember that sometimes- but don't compare...and another tip- let them do their own school projects- they learn nothing when mom or dad do it

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  20. Parenting Tip: Pick your battles & be consistent .. that's what I am working on right now, ugh!
    Thanks for another great giveaway!

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  21. I posted on my blog .. http://crazyclarks-sharon.blogspot.com

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  22. My biggest parenting challenge (other than being a single mom!)is being consistent in discipline and chores. I am working on it!!

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  23. Oh, I REALLY need this book! I think the best parenting advice I've gotten is to be sure and follow through with disciplining!
    aprilsmail(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. I'm a follower!
    aprilsmail(at)gmail(dot)com

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  25. Hmm, I'm not sure cause I'm not a parent but I'd guess you SHOULDN'T drop them on their head!

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  26. I'd have to say the best parenting tip that I have learned ridiculously late (my oldest is 9), is that there needs to be a foundation of obedience formed by consistency and honesty. Without that, everything else has nothing upon which to stand.

    Thanks for the opportunity! This book looks like a great read!!

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  27. I'm a follower now here and at your main blog.

    Thanks so much!

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  28. Tweet tweet!! http://twitter.com/oliveshoot/status/1458962292

    Blessings~

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  29. Come see your buttons on my blog: http://oliveshoot.blogspot.com

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  30. Faved ya on Technorati: http://technorati.com/faves/oliveshoot

    Blessings~

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  31. I stumbled this post and I have to say you are the first person that has a link that makes it easy to stumble (or I'm stumble-deficient-- either is plausible)

    http://www.stumbleupon.com/url/1momof5-reviews.blogspot.com/2009/04/how-to-mess-up-your-childs-life.html

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  32. Added you to my blogroll!

    Thank ya!

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  33. My favorite parenting tip? Be patient and flexible. Now that I have kids, I have learned that my best laid plans...well...they usually get blown to pieces. If I'm going to make it through the day, some patience and flexibility have to kick in...BIG time!

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  34. Always be willing to really listen to what your children have to say. Giving them full attention and letting them know that what they are expressing is very important whether you agree or not.

    espressogurl at hotmail dot com

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  35. My best parenting tip is to make sure you tell your child you love them at least once a day! Never just assume that they know.

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  36. Tweeted
    http://twitter.com/breasmommy/status/1480918434

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  37. I blogged with link back
    http://breasmommy.blogspot.com/2009/04/how-to-mess-up-your-childs-life.html

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  38. My best parenting tip -- sometimes even Mom needs to take a time out :-)

    vmlay@artsci.wustl.edu

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  39. Best parenting tip I've learned: Treat each child as an individual. What works for Kid #1 isn't going to work for Kid #2, just get over it and find out what does work.

    Best Tip #2: Don't judge other parents or second guess their decisions. You aren't the Mom in that house, you don't really know what that kid is like, you don't need to tell the other parent what to do and how to do it. Just be a friend.

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