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Heather

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  • ScreamFree Parenting: The Revolutionary Approach to Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Hal Edward Runkel
    • Narrated By Hal Edward Runkel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (673)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (260)

    Parenting is not about kids, it's about parents. If you're not in control, then you cannot be in charge. What every kid really needs are parents who are able to keep their cool no matter what. Easier said than done? Not anymore, thanks to ScreamFree Parenting, the principle-based approach that's inspiring parents everywhere to truly revolutionize their family dynamics.

    Crystal says: "CALLING ALL PARENTS: MUST READ!"
    "Not ScreamFree Kids or ScreamFree Family"
    Overall

    This book got better in the later chapters when there was practical tips for how to set limits, but "scream free" is disingenuous, because there will still be plenty of screaming on your kids side of the coin. Overall I thought there were points that were helpful, but was often annoyed by the author/narrator, and felt like the first third of the book was just a waste of time that kept getting me upset. I didn't need to be convinced, I needed to get to the meat of the book. What was missing completely was an honest dialogue about kids putting themselves in true danger and how to deal with when they don't listen and preventing them from doing things that could cause them permanent physical harm (like running out into the street or playing with the stove, undoing the latch on a swimming pool when they've been told to stay away, climbing to shelves and cupboards high up where dangerous items are stored). I'm not trying to "force my will" on my kids at these junctures, simply trying to keep them and other family members alive. When your kid refuses to listen to reason and still runs away from you and into the street - yes there will be consequences (like not being allowed go out anymore), but in that instant, I need to do what I need to do to get the 4 year olds attention and hope/pray he doesn't get himself killed. Runkel never addresses those tough issues, and quite frankly, I'm still looking for answers on that one.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Living Oprah: My One-Year Experiment to Live as TV's Most Influential Guru Advises

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robyn Okrant
    • Narrated By Robyn Okrant
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    What happens when a 35-year-old average American woman spends one year following every piece of Oprah Winfrey's advice on how to "live your best life"? Robyn Okrant devoted 2008 to adhering to all of Oprah's suggestions and guidance delivered via her television show, her Web site, and her magazine. Living Oprah is a month-by-month account of that year.

    Nicole says: "Wanted to like it, couldn't"
    "Engaging, Light Entertainment"
    Overall

    The narrator / author does a nice job of not taking herself too seriously when reporting on an experiment she engaged upon a few years back. The last chapter though seemed all over the place and hard to follow. Then there's an interview tacked on that doesn't provide anything new, just the same rehash of the story you've just listened to. I would have preferred a postlogue of a "year out" reflection back. But overall, if you think you'd be interested in the topic, the narration is engaging and an easy listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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