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The Entitlement-Free Child


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Part I: The Entitlement-Free Advantage

Chapter 1: Understanding the Entitlement Child
What Is Entitlement?
Emotions and Impulses
The Parental Dilemma
From Guilt to Fear
Two-Year-Old Entitlement Thinking
Never Enough
Quick Fixes
Entitlement Burnout
No Excuses

Chapter 2: The Entitlement-Free Child
Your Child Is Special
Love and Guidance
The Foundation of an Entitlement-Free Child
The Entitlement-Free Advantage

Chapter 3: Entitlement-Free Parenting
Core Assumptions for Entitlement-Free Parenting
Entitlement-Free Parenting Isn't Difficult
Stay on Course
One-Size Parenting Doesn't Fit All
Practice, Practice, Practice

Part II: Entitlement-Free Strategies for Everyday Situations

Chapter 4: Home
Morning Chaos
Short-Order Cook
Bedtime Opposition
Hitting Parents
Bickering Siblings

Chapter 5: Praise and Feelings
Love and Discipline
"I Hate You"
Being Different
Overdependence on One Parent

Chapter 6: Friends
Birthday Parties
Playground Feuds
Social Avoidance
Full Disclosure
Making Comparisons
"Not Fair!"

Chapter 7: Parenting in Public
Eating Out
Disrupting Others
Adults Only
Air Travel
Objectionable Encounters
Places of Worship

Chapter 8: School
Problem with the Teacher
Choices and Non-Choices
What to Wear
Teacher's Attention
Classroom Schedule
Mean Teacher
Cell Phones
Over-Involved Parents

Chapter 9: Extracurricular Activities
Follow the Crowd
The Undeserved No
Equal Time
Winners and Losers
Anticipating Failure
Skipping Class

Chapter 10: Money and Gifts
Borrowed and Broken
Money for Chores
Spending Sprees
Extravagant Birthday Parties
Extravagant Birthday Gifts
Holiday Gimmes

Chapter 11: An Entitlement-Free Future
Choose What's Best for Your Child
Wait for the Marshmallows
Choose to Belong
The Entitlement-Free Family
The Entitlement-Free Future

About the Author

About the Author

Karen Deerwester is the owner of Family Time Coaching and Consulting and is a highly respected speaker and consultant for parents and educators. Karen gives parents practical and personal parenting solutions through her one-on-one coaching, weekly classes and seminars, and writing for South Florida Parenting magazine, FamilyTimeInc.com, and BlueSuitMom.com. She is also featured regularly on numerous other parenting websites. She has appeared on MSNBC, NBC, and NPR, as well as in Parents and Parenting magazines. Her other books include The Playskool Guide to Potty Training (Sourcebooks, 2008) and The Potty Training Answer Book (Sourcebooks, 2007), which won the 2008 NAPPA Gold Award for parenting resources.

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