"I was born ready."
(Have you seen Oceans 13? Because that is my favorite line in the whole movie. Specifically because of George Clooney's eye roll.)
That's how I felt about becoming a mom. I was ready. I brought that baby home and I knew how to bathe her. I knew how to change her diaper. I didn't have any help for the first week of her life, and it was okay. I didn't panic. (Except for the trip to the ER for jaundice. Besides that.) It was good.
I didn't realize it at the time, but that was the easy part. Eat. Sleep. Cry. That's what we did. I didn't have to get her to clean her room. I didn't have to deal with begging in the checkout aisle. I didn't have to deal with temper tantrums. It didn't take long to realize I wasn't born ready for that.
I did pretty well with my girls. I didn't put up with the the tantrums and demands. I didn't give in. But, lately, with my son, I find myself doing things I swore I would never do. Like promising a treat if he will just stop crying in the grocery store. So, when TLC Tours asked me if I wanted to review a new parenting book called, Give Me, Get Me, Buy Me, I jumped on the chance. It's about dealing with entitlement in your child's attitude, which, thus far isn't a huge problem in this house, but if things continue, they could be before too much longer.
It was so full of great ideas. And, it not only gave me some great ideas, it explained why those ideas are so great. And for a girl who doesn't love parenting books, this was interesting to read. The author discussed ways to prevent, as well as fix entitlement attitudes in children by finding the ways that they learn and using that to teach them how to be a well balanced, respectful person. She focused a lot on the ways that parents tend to show their love by overindulging their children, not only with material objects, but with demands as well. Which is where I found the book the most helpful. Rather than fight it out with my two year old, I find myself giving in just to make him happy. This book has given me a few techniques to work through that and reasons why the extra time and energy will all be worth it in the end.
If you are interested in checking this great book out for your family's benefit, you can do so here. Or, if you're lucky, you might just win one! TLC Tours has offered to give 2 of my readers a copy of the book. To enter, just leave a comment. PLEASE leave your email address in your comment. If I do not have a way to contact you, you are not eligible to win.
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