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Posted May 6, 2012
How to Con Your Kid is written by two New York Times best selling authors, David Borgenicht and James Grace, and while they use the word “con”, I prefer to call it “reasoning” – lol. The authors tell us that kids really don’t understand a lot of pertinent things and we are required to teach them and not just expect them to know by osmosis. I think that’s why kids have parents and aren’t just on their own when young like animals, because they do need those couple of decades to learn from the parents how they are supposed to live in this world.
How to Con Your Kid has thirty five common situations arranged in sections about grooming, getting ready, behavior, household, and mealtime and bedtime. Issues are presented that parents may struggle with their children over, and then continues with suggestions to avoid the problem in the first place by laying the groundwork, and goes on to give ideas for cons and short cons (when you are out of time), as well as what to do if the kids are on to you. They also add frequent games and songs into the mix. The ideas range from getting to kids to talk quietly to helping with the chores, with ideas for teeth brushing and lots more in addition. I love the advice in How to Con Your Kid, it is creative, well founded and respectful to children, while at the same time, helps me to know how to set a good example of reasoning and maturely handling circumstances, in order for them to go as smoothly as possible.
Posted April 29, 2012
The miniature hard cover with cute cover art makes this book ideal for a tabletop or gift basket. What I really liked was how the authors gave practical tips without taking themselves too seriously. The book is quick and easy to read which is perfect for busy parents.
The authors present the con (desired behavior), for example, get your kid to let you leave. Then move to laying the groundwork, in this case, letting your child know in advance that you are going out, and normalizing the experience by enlisting neighborhood kids to talk about how great it is to be at home with a babysitter. The authors include advice for when your child is on to the scam.
It’s been fun to practice the techniques with my daughter. It’s a comfort knowing that I have a few tricks up my sleeve.
Posted October 23, 2007
This book is a great read. My mum gave this book to me recently, and I'd been feeling a bit frustrated at the daily grind of parenting. I chuckled my way through it over a couple of hours, with a big grin on my face. Next morning: The book's techniques are put into operation... I don't know about the kids '2 and 4', but I am having an absolute blast! It is so hilarious! I'm bowled over again and again at how effectively the cons work, and am overjoyed at how much fun I'm having! This book put the fun back into parenting - sheer pleasure, in fact! I just love the feeling I get when at the dreaded bedtime, I say, 'Do you want to hop into bed like a bunny, or zoom there like an aeroplane?' And then there is this pregnant pause, while the little person digests that info, and I mentally pray that they fall for it. Then, out comes their answer, 'No!' 'me, inwardly, 'Darn it, I'm sprung!'' then, 'I'm going to JUMP in to bed like a kangaroo!' Ha! Mummy the Con Maestro scores again! I love it! I keep ringing my folks and telling them about my most recent and delightful cons, and we laugh. 'What is it about this book that you like the most?' my Mum asked. 'I guess it reminds me about all the good times and fun I had as a kid. Yeah, it reminds me of my childho-o-o-...... WA-A-A-AIT A MINUTE! You and Dad were total con artists!!!!! I see it all clearly now!' Mum laughed and turned to my dad and said, 'Quick! What does it say in the book we should do when she's on to us?!' 'There really is a section on that in the book - what to do if the kids are on to you!' This book has made one family very happy. I would highly recommend it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.