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The Entitlement-Free Child


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Acknowledgments 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 Stubbornness Short-Order Cook Bedtime Opposition Boredom Hitting Parents Bickering Siblings Cleanup Chapter 5: Praise and Feelings Love and Discipline "I Hate You" Fear Being Different Overdependence on One Parent Self-Image Praise Apologies Chapter 6: Friends Birthday Parties Playground Feuds Social Avoidance Full Disclosure Making Comparisons "Not Fair!" Bossiness Chapter 7: Parenting in Public Bribery Tantrums 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 Quitting The Undeserved No Equal Time Winners and Losers Anticipating Failure Skipping Class Bait-and-Switch Chapter 10: Money and Gifts Borrowed and Broken Allowances Money for Chores Spending Sprees Extravagant Birthday Parties Extravagant Birthday Gifts Gratitude 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 Index. 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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