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I Am So the Boss of You: An 8-Step Guide to Giving Your Family the "Business" Paperback – Mar 26 2013

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart (March 26 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771017480
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771017483
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.7 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #140,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“A practical advice guide for parents who feel like they’re not in charge at home anymore.” 
Vancouver Sun
“Move over, Tiger Mother. Au revoir, superior French parents. Stop hovering, helicopter moms and dads. If you want to rear responsible, well-adjusted children who will be able to make their way out in the real world, let the boardroom be your guide.” 
—Winnipeg Free Press

About the Author

Kathy Buckworth is an award-winning writer, public speaker and television personality.  She is the author of six books, including The BlackBerry Diaries: Adventures in Modern Motherhood, Shut Up and Eat: Tales of Chicken, Children & Chardonnay, and her latest, I Am So The Boss Of You: An 8 Step Guide To Giving Your Family The Business.  She is a parenting and travel columnist for Metro News and GoodLife Magazine, and a feature writer for magazines such as ParentsCanada, Canadian Living, Oh Baby!, and a blogger for Huffington Post Canada.  She is a parenting expert on City TV’s Cityline and is an in-demand public speaker on media and marketing.  Visit her at www.kathybuckworth.com or follow her on Twitter @KathyBuckworth.  She lives in Mississauga Ontario with her husband and four children.

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There are 3 types of parenting books that I’ve read: the boring, the pointless and the ones written by Kathy Buckworth.

My wife and I love our kids more than anything. We want the best for them, we want them to be happy and we want them to grow up to live successful, exciting and fulfilling lives. That’s the dream anyway.

But while we’re nearly killing ourselves trying to be Super Parents, let’s face it… most of the time what we really want is for them to eat their vegetables, to get down off that chair, to stop bothering their sister / brother, to go to sleep and stay there and to please… please… please learn to use the potty. That’s not the stuff of dreams, but certainly describes our reality.

We know we’re not perfect. We want to be but sometimes we find ourselves completely overwhelmed and at a loss of what to do. Most parenting books we’ve read make us feel like absolute dirt that our toddler isn’t writing symphonies and our baby isn’t performing brain surgery. Not Kathy’s.

Kathy gives you permission to be normal, practical parents with advice that makes sense and works. Her clear, fun and honest approach feels more like an encouraging coach or best friend giving you some pointers rather than a lecture on how to raise a socially awkward prodigy and that’s exactly what we needed.

This is by far her best book yet for not only content but also for style. Her intelligent wit, elegant charm and no holds barred self-depreciating humour make the book an enjoyable read. She speaks to you from the heart and with a good mind to send you to your room if you don’t listen!
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Excellent humorous writer. Informative and fun!
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HASH(0xa79dc7c8) out of 5 stars Entertaining read for parents April 8 2013
By Andrea Nair, M.A., CCC - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a parenting educator and having read other Kathy Buckworth books, I read this book with an expectation of being entertained. I certainly was--and I laughed, a lot. It was nice to view parenting through a less serious lens, poking fun at the silly things we do with and for our kids.
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HASH(0xa528a78c) out of 5 stars Not a Fan April 24 2013
By Kathleen A. Lynn - Published on Amazon.com
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I am parenting author and speaker. My first book is Who's In Charge Anyway? so it would seem reasonable that this title would attract me. After all, it's all about doing the job of parenting and letting the kids know that there is a responsible adult (or two) in charge.
Okay. so she does that and it's supposed to be funny. But, I was totally put off with her put down of fathers. I have been in this business for 35 years and the change in the roles and responsibilities of Dads in the parenting world has been enormous. They are very much the other parent, the work with the Moms and raise the kids together. It's awesome.
I am also put off by the use of punishment to simply stop the unwanted behaviours. There was no move to teaching kids why they need to change or the reasons for the rules. The goal is to simply make them uncomfortable so they don't do it (whatever it is bugging the "Boss" that day) again.
I am not at all a 'laissez-faire' parent or a helicopter. I absolutely believe kids should be taking responsibility for their actions the for the work of running the house as they are ready.
But I am not a fan of the approach in this book.