Raising the Perfect Child Through Guilt and Manipulation

Raising the Perfect Child Through Guilt and Manipulation

by Elizabeth Beckwith

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Overview

Popular actress and stand-up comedienne Elizabeth Beckwith gives us the parenting guide to end all parenting guides: Raising the Perfect Child through Guilt and Manipulation. A frequent guest on The Late, Late Show and one of seven comics featured in the Time magazine article, “Funny: The Next Generation,” Beckwith now puts forth a hilarious new parenting philosophy that would shock Dr. Spock and traumatize T. Berry Brazelton. Raising the Perfect Child through Guilt and Manipulation is a riotously irreverent take on contemporary child rearing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061759574
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/06/2009
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,086,534
Product dimensions: 5.28(w) x 8.06(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Beckwith is a stand-up comedian, writer, and actress who lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Patrick, and her children, Michael and Frances.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 Creating a Team: "Us vs. Them" 1

2 Sweep It Under the Rug 21

3 How to Scare the Crap Out of Your Child (in a Positive Way) 39

4 Don't Worry About the Mean Kid's Feelings, Make Your Own Kid Feel Better 59

5 Don't Be Afraid to Raise a Nerd 77

6 Mind Control: Why It's a Good Thing 95

7 Disciplining with Meaning Vs. Meaningless Discipline 117

8 All for One and One for All 137

9 Spousal Indoctrination and Other Related Things 155

10 Guilt Is a Two-Way Street 177

11 Grandma Guido and the Evolution of Guilt and Manipulation 197

Frequently Asked Questions 223

Thank You and Good Luck 229

Recipes to Keep Your Children From Running Away 231

Elizabeth's Childhood OCD Prayer Ritual 237

Acknowledgments 239

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Raising the Perfect Child Through Guilt and Manipulation 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
ladycato on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Comedienne Elizabeth Beckwith espouses sure methods to raise your child to be better than any other. It all comes down to simple principles of guilt and manipulation to keep your children in line by ingraining deep feelings of shame so they continue to behave when you're not around.Examples of some chapters:Creating a Team of Us vs. ThemHow to Scare the Crap Out of Your Child (in a Positive Way)Don't be Afraid to Raise a NerdMind Control: Why It's a Good ThingI really wanted to like this book. The concept is fantastic, and there's some genuine wisdom mixed in along with Beckwith's family stories. The humor did get a bit too crude at times for me, and it makes me reluctant to recommend this to others folks... like my mom, who would chastise me for reading a book with "that language." (See, Beckwith? Your own book has backfired! Sorry!) It is laugh-out-loud funny at a few points, but I won't be keeping it.
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Kristena_Marie More than 1 year ago
Parts of it were funny, but not laugh out loud.
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Kenty More than 1 year ago
This is a must read!!! Elizabeth tells it just like it is!!!!!!!! and will have you laughing out loud, seeing double until you can not read one more sentence!!!!!!! I love her wit and down to earth humor to raising kids in a completley realistic world!!!!!! my favorite chapter? "Don't be afraid to raise a nerd". Perfect example what Group A and Group B kids are made of. Get one for yourself and one for your friends!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you will love it. Guaranteed.
Father-of-Five More than 1 year ago
Beckwith has written a hilarious book that weaves great advice with personal anecdotes. It is an easy read that will have you laughing outloud.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago