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Raising the perfect child through guilt and manipulation
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Comedian and actress Beckwith here takes a saucy tongue-in-cheek approach to parenting advice, complete with laugh-out-loud funny chapter summaries, discussion questions, and pseudo letters from readers. Via chapters titled a la "How To Scare the Crap Out of Your Child (in a Positive Way)," readers relive much of Beckwith's youth in her Italian Catholic family and will chortle at many of her experiences. Covering such topics as raising a nerd, Beckwith advises, "Instead of being cranky that your son didn't make the football team, breathe a sigh of relief that he is now less likely to be involved in an ill-conceived gang-bang." Touche, Beckwith; well done! See Chris Mancini's Pacify Me for a recent Bombeck-like take on parenting.-Julianne J. Smith, Ypsilanti Dist. Lib., MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Popular actress and stand-up comedienne Elizabeth Beckwith gives us the parenting guide to end all parenting guides: Raising the Perfect Child through Guilt and Manipulation. A frequent guest on The Late, Late Show and one of seven comics featured in the Time magazine article, "Funny: The Next Generation," Beckwith now puts forth a hilarious new parenting philosophy that would shock Dr. Spock and traumatize T. Berry Brazelton. Raising the Perfect Child through Guilt and Manipulation is a riotously irreverent take on contemporary child rearing.</p>
Table of Contents
Introductionp. ix
1Creating a Team: "Us vs. Them"p. 1
2Sweep It Under the Rugp. 21
3How to Scare the Crap Out of Your Child (in a Positive Way)p. 39
4Don't Worry About the Mean Kid's Feelings, Make Your Own Kid Feel Betterp. 59
5Don't Be Afraid to Raise a Nerdp. 77
6Mind Control: Why It's a Good Thingp. 95
7Disciplining with Meaning Vs. Meaningless Disciplinep. 117
8All for One and One for Allp. 137
9Spousal Indoctrination and Other Related Thingsp. 155
10Guilt Is a Two-Way Streetp. 177
11Grandma Guido and the Evolution of Guilt and Manipulationp. 197
Frequently Asked Questionsp. 223
Thank You and Good Luckp. 229
Recipes to Keep Your Children From Running Awayp. 231
Elizabeth's Childhood OCD Prayer Ritualp. 237
Acknowledgmentsp. 239
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