Parenting the QBQ Way, Expanded Edition: How to be an Outstanding Parent and Raise Great Kids Using the Power of Personal Accountability

Overview

How often have we heard complaints like these?

“Why don’t my kids do what I say?”
“Who made the mess in here?”
“When will my teen make better choices?”

These are the kinds of questions that parents ask that lead not only to complaining, but to victim thinking, procrastination, and blaming. The solution: Learn to parent the QBQ® way – and bring personal accountability to life within our families.

Based on the same concepts that have made John ...

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Overview

How often have we heard complaints like these?

“Why don’t my kids do what I say?”
“Who made the mess in here?”
“When will my teen make better choices?”

These are the kinds of questions that parents ask that lead not only to complaining, but to victim thinking, procrastination, and blaming. The solution: Learn to parent the QBQ® way – and bring personal accountability to life within our families.

Based on the same concepts that have made John Miller’s signature work, QBQ: The Question Behind the Question, an international bestseller over the last decade, Parenting the QBQ Way provides the tool called the QBQ or The Question Behind the Question that will help every parent look behind questions such as “Why won’t my kids listen?” or “When will they do what I ask?” to find better ones—QBQs—like “What can I do differently?” or “How can I improve as a parent?” This simple but challenging concept turns the focus – and responsibility – back to parents and to what they can do to make a difference.

With thoughtful commentary, observation, and advice, illustrated with engaging and memorable anecdotes that are the hallmarks of John Miller’s previous books, Parenting the QBQ Way provides all moms and dads with the means and inspiration to be more effective parents – as well as teach their children how to practice their own brand of personal accountability – to create a happy, healthy family for a lifetime.  

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Millions of parents agree with the author's claim that the best way to be an outstanding parent and raise great kids is to utilize the power of personal accountability. An expanded edition of a parenting classic.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399161926
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 12/4/2012
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 214,071
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

John G. Miller, a Cornell University graduate and founder of QBQ Inc., has worked with hundreds of Fortune 500 companies, as well as government and faith-based organizations, and thousands of individuals to help them make personal accountability a core value. Miller is the author of QBQ!: The Question Behind the Question, Flipping the Switch: Unleash the Power of Personal Accountability Using the QBQ!, and Outstanding!: 47 Ways to Make Your Organization Exceptional.

Karen G. Miller has served as a mentor to other moms in MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and MOMSNext. She was a registered nurse for sixteen years.

John and Karen, who have been married since 1980, live in Denver, Colorado. They have seven children.

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Table of Contents

Foreword vii

1 Personal Accountability 1

2 Parenting Is a Learned Skill 6

3 QBQ! The Question Behind the Question 8

4 "Why Me?" 13

5 Learn to Earn 16

6 No Complaining 20

7 Procrastination: The Friend of Failure 23

8 The Urgency of Now 26

9 "Whodunit?" 28

10 No Excuses 31

11 Parental Abdication 35

12 They're Watching Us 38

13 Never Forget the "I" 41

14 Life Is Fair 44

15 QBQ Humility 47

16 Be Present 50

17 Becoming a Strong Parent 54

18 Do the Hard Stuff 59

19 Strong Parenting Begins with Strong Values 61

20 No Enabling Allowed 64

21 Elevate Your Expectations 68

22 QBQ Encouragement 72

23 Let Them Be Them 75

24 Flipping the Switch 78

25 Speak Well 80

26 Team Family 83

27 Family Stress Is a Choice 86

28 Regrets No More 91

29 Truth Builds Trust 95

30 Trust Is Earned 97

31 Blending Is Hard Work 100

32 The Grandparent Factor 104

33 The Financial Piece 108

34 Equipping for Life 113

35 The Ultimate QBQ 117

36 Teaching the QBQ 120

37 Adopting the QBQ 127

38 Practicing the QBQ 130

Getting More Out of QBQ 139

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