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Believe in your kid!

Awaken the Genius in Your Child
Tauraso and Batzler
1981

The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale was the 1950s answer to self-help. It has been recycled through books like The Secret (2006) and a host of other self help gurus. This basic philosophy is about have a mental attitude where one expects good things to happen and that energy will be transformed into actual good things. This book takes that philosophy to children and parents. I see some serious problems as a parenting philosophy and the amount of guilt that might fall on parents and kids. I keep thinking this is the parenting version of this book. You will have great kids if you just BELIEVE it and wish only positive outcomes.

joy berry's book we can't afford it

We can’t afford it!

What to do when your mom or dad says…
“We can’t afford it”
Berry
1983

Joy Berry is a regular here at ALB. We have posted some of her stuff before here. Usually, these books are about a specific problem from a child’s point of view. Today’s “We can’t afford it” title is about budgeting and making money. I just cringed when job loss was just another day at the office, and garbage collectors were dissed. I also kind of wanted to slap those kids upside the head for being complainers. (Probably not a good idea…)