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From Innocence to Entitlement: A Love and Logic Cure for the Tragedy of Entitlement Paperback – 30 Apr 2005

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  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Love & Logic Press; 1 edition (30 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930429746
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930429741
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,067,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Every parent needs this book! Never hear, 'It's not fair' or 'But I want it' again!' No more giving into your kids demands. Have the courage to say 'No'. Stop stealing your child's potential for future happiness. Entitlement has become an epidemic. Yet parents think they are giving in to this disease out of love for their children. In the book Jim Fay and entitlement expert, Dawn Billings take an in-depth look at the devastation and destruction of entitlement and provide techniques for preventing and curing the problem.

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This is an excellent thought provoking book. It is clear in places that many are woolly. I think it is an important book. The authors are writing about the american experience but it doesn't take much imagnation to see that we are not far behind. I read a lot of books about how to be a better parent but this is more. This book talks about the consequences of contemporary child centred thinking on our world as well as on our children. Highly recommended
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x95e999d8) out of 5 stars 25 reviews
51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9734d438) out of 5 stars A great weapon against the disease of entitlement! 19 Oct. 2006
By lueby - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a strong supporter of the Love and Logic philosophy, I loved this book! The author used the philosophy to help teach parents to teach their children respect, responsibility and problem solving skills. The focus is on the problem of entitlement, what perpetuates it, and what can help cure it.

As a teacher, I have seen the attitude of entitlement in too many children. These poor kids have been taught that their happiness is dependent upon the actions of others. Moms bend over backwards to make their kids happy, and the plan backfires. As a result, their self-worth is 0, and they are very unhappy kids.

Through the use of a "Love and Logic Game Plan" Dawn Billings and Jim Fay deliver 10 steps for parents to use for success at raising responsible, happy children. Through this game plan, kids understand that they alone are in charge of their choices and happiness. They make good things happen instead of waiting for someone else to make them happy.

Many parents mistakenly believe that it is important to "protect" children from the consequences of their actions. The message this is sending to them is that Mom or Dad will bail them out if they make a mistake, so why think about what they do before they do it? As kids grow, the consequences of their mistakes get bigger. Some consequences not even Mommy will be able to protect their kids from, i.e. DUI. This book emphasizes this idea and other important ones!

Please, for the sake of your child, and anyone else who will have to deal with the consequences of your child's actions (good or bad). Read this book and help remedy this "tragedy of entitlement."
37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9734d48c) out of 5 stars Don't add to love and logic library 15 Feb. 2008
By Annie Mac - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you are new to Love and Logic, this is a great book. If you are not, then all of the "techniques" are redundant; however, I loved all of the information that basically describes how this disease of entitlement came about in the first place (but I think you'd probably get more in depth information from Dawn Billings book Entitled to Fail, Endowed to Succeed, which is quoted heavily in this book.
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x955964bc) out of 5 stars More than about "fixing" your kids 16 Dec. 2006
By Chris Hutchinson - Published on Amazon.com
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If you believe parenting is about protecting, rescuing, or ordering and controlling, this book will not appeal to you. If you are willing to step back and examine what you are doing and the results you are getting AND might be willing to try something different, you will really enjoy this and other Love and Logic books.

This is an interesting book that sketches out how as a culture we have allowed the "disease" of entitlement to creep into much of what people, and especially children, expect to receive. It's filled with some great quotes about taking responsibility for yourself that left me inspired.

The authors also weave application of the Love and Logic philosophy into the solutions to the problem of entitlement. It's fascinating that many of the managers and leaders I work with are also dealing with entitlement (although they don't call it that). Rather than blame the person, Love and Logic sets up a framework to help him or her grow into responsibility. Sound a bit like effective management? Of course the techniques for adult to adult conversation are different, yet the underlying care and support is really exactly the same.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9562ff84) out of 5 stars What a great help 21 Feb. 2011
By Kendra - Published on Amazon.com
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I ordered this book after it was recommended to me by my daughters doctor. As I was reading it I couldn't help but think "how do they know what goes on in my house?" This book is my life every day. It is teaching me new ways to say NO to my 11 year old daughter and do it without making me feel bad. My husband is also reading it. I will be passing it along to my MOM's group when I am done it is well worth the read.
If you have children who think they need everything and you just can't say NO you must read this book
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9734dfb4) out of 5 stars Must read!!!!! 28 Mar. 2009
By C. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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I just received the audio version of this book and have listened to the first half. I think this explains so many of the bad behaviors we are seeing in children, mine included. (6yrold) I work at a childcare center and we are constantly trying to manage children that are out of control. The tragedy that is "entitlement" explains most of what we are seeing. I feel if every parent would use love and logic America could be great again. We could see less crime, less use of anti-depressants etc. I have seen many children that are probably destined for meds. that really just need "love and logic" The old way doesn't work anymore! Probably because you can't make your child go out and pick a switch from the willow tree. Empty threats are amusing rather than having the desired effect. End the frustration!!!! Love and Logic works almost instantly. I was ready to take my daughter to a Pshychiatrist, but just changing MY ways has done the trick. I can totally see how my poor, but well meaning. parenting has led to all the behaviors that we, and my child's teachers, are seeing. NO MEDS for my child, just LOVE and LOGIC!!!!!
I will agree that the last half is just rehashing love and logic, but I think this book is the key to all of it. This could be the only book you need! If you already own love and logic, the first half of the book is worth the "recap". It doesn't hurt to review.
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