Thursday, September 1, 2016

Book Nook: The Me Me Me Epidemic

I recently had a chance to review THE “ME
, ME, ME” EPIDEMIC: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Capable, Grateful Kids in an Over-Entitled World by Amy McCready, a regular parenting expert on The Today Show and founder of Positive Parenting Solutions.  

As a teacher, the idea of entitled kids is something I see unfortunately way too often. Even in my short time as a teacher, I've seen kids take less and less responsibility for themselves, and have a smaller amount of implicit respect for authority. My mom's career as a teacher, spanning four decades, has made the changes even more apparent.

Not only is it a problem for school, but being entitled is a problem for life skills after school. When parents try to do too much for their kids, it backfires, and kids don't develop the skills to work hard and appreciate others.

In the book, Amy provides some real, useful advice that can be implemented no matter what your current parenting style is. She makes compelling arguments for encouraging more independence, resilience, and appreciation from our kids. There are ways to help parents stop giving in, give more responsibility to kids, and follow through on consequences.

Parenting expert Amy McCready is a “recovering yeller” and the Founder of Positive Parenting Solutions. Her most recent release was If I Have to Tell You One More Time: The Revolutionary Program That Gets Your Kids to Listen Without Nagging, Reminding, or Yelling (Perigee, 2011). A champion of positive parenting techniques for happier families and well-behaved kids, she reaches a worldwide audience with her Positive Parenting Solutions Online parenting course, web and print articles, live webinars, and media appearances. Amy is a frequent guest on the TODAY show and has also appeared on Rachael Ray, CNN, Fox & Friends, MSNBC, and elsewhere. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband and two sons. Learn more at

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