5 Minutes for Books — Just Tell Me What to Say

by Jennifer Donovan

Thanks to Shannon for hosting the Bloggy Giveaway carnival. To find many other giveaways, click on over.

Betsy Brown Braun has written a wonderful book aimed at parents of 2 to 6 year olds (and beneficial to parents of older school children as well). Just Tell Me What to Say offers “sensible tips and scripts for perplexed parents.” I would offer humorous to the mix as well, but otherwise that subtitle sums it up quite well.

The first two chapters address general communication principles, and discipline do’s and don’ts. These chapters in particular are especially applicable to children older than six as well as the targeted age group. Several of her tips were arrows aimed right at me pointing out communication mistakes that I regularly make:

  • demanding eye contact (which requires so much effort for some kids that your message is actually lost)
  • spelling or talking about your child in front of them as if they aren’t there (which shows disrespect)
  • ignoring or tuning out (as much as that preschool flow of words requires of me, I need to take advantage of the communication, because unanswered questions eventually become unasked questions)

Other sections are devoted to sibling rivalry, tantrums (how to handle them and why they are a normal stage of development), food issues and nutrition, and social gracejust-tell-me.jpgs. The last few chapters offer help talking about difficult topics, such as the birds and the bees, a serious illness in the family, death, and natural disasters and war.

In each chapter, Braun first explains her take on the issue at hand (which is gleaned from thirty-seven years in practice as a child development specialist and raising her own triplets to adulthood). Then she offers bulleted lists in a “tips and scripts” section addressing the issue. I love the scripts! For example, if you have trouble standing firm on discipline (as I admit that I do) and not giving in to your child’s diversionary tactics, it’s much easier if you have an answer ready to go:

  • I have made my decision, and I am not going to change my mind.
  • You choose your behavior, you choose your consequence.
  • I am done talking about this.

If you’ve ever wondered what to say or what to do while dealing with the normal development of a preschooler, you will find this book helpful and encouraging. To find out more about the author or the book, visit her website, JustTellMeWhattoSay.com.

One reader who leaves a comment will win a copy of Just Tell Me What to Say (that can ship to the U.S. or Canada). Be sure to check back next week to see if you are a winner so that you can be on the lookout for an email from me with the book title in the subject line.

These lucky readers have won Trail of Crumbs, the book we featured last week. You should have an email in your inbox (or your spam filter) to which you can respond with your name and address.

#35 Laura K.
#68 Marlene Rugg
#56 Corina Smith



Email Author    |    Website About Jennifer Donovan

Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 Susan January 28, 2008 at 12:15 am

Oh my, I really think I need this book. I need some tips for dealing with my spirited 3 year old.

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2 Jocelyn G. January 28, 2008 at 1:13 am

I have two little ones this would help out.

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3 TheAngelForever
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January 28, 2008 at 1:28 am

This would be very helpful as our little guys get older. Thanks for the great book reviews and giveaways!

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4 Heather January 28, 2008 at 1:29 am

It sounds like I really need this book! My 3 year old can really get the best of me at times!

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5 Laura January 28, 2008 at 1:58 am

Sounds great Jennifer!

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6 Natalie January 28, 2008 at 2:46 am

I’m all about books these days.

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7 jennifer January 28, 2008 at 2:53 am

That sounds like a great book.

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8 heather h January 28, 2008 at 3:23 am

I have a toddler, but I know I’ll need all the help I can get when she hits preschool age. I’d love to win this goodie! I love to read books on parenting–the only experience I have so far is my one year of mothering, and that’s not much!

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9 Susan January 28, 2008 at 6:50 am

I feel like I’m already in some of these spots with the 2.5 year old. This sounds like a very helpful book.

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10 emily January 28, 2008 at 7:28 am

This book sounds like it is full of fabulous advice.

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11 Michelle January 28, 2008 at 8:06 am

This book sounds like it is full of helpful advice. Count me in.

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12 Wendy January 28, 2008 at 8:41 am

The book would be great to have:)

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13 Jessica January 28, 2008 at 9:22 am

As a first time mom, and a 2 year old throwing Terrible Twos Tantrums, I need this!

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14 Tiffany January 28, 2008 at 9:28 am

This looks like a great book that everyone, even those who are not parents but are still around kids, can learn from!

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15 Heather January 28, 2008 at 9:57 am

This sounds like the book for me!

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16 Mommy Bee January 28, 2008 at 10:11 am

What a neat book! This sounds like a great read!

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17 Kari January 28, 2008 at 10:14 am

With 2 toddlers, I need this book!

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18 Thea January 28, 2008 at 10:16 am

With a 2.5 and a 4.5 year old, I definitely need this book…

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19 Britni January 28, 2008 at 10:26 am

I definitely need this book for my nursery class. Thanks!

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20 Lesha January 28, 2008 at 10:36 am

Thanks for the giveaway :)

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21 Laura January 28, 2008 at 10:47 am
22 Jill H. January 28, 2008 at 10:51 am

I so need this book too…..and I also demand eye contact, and frequently tune out. And I forgot how it made me feel as a kid…..I guess you do tend to raise your kids the way you were!

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23 Meg January 28, 2008 at 10:53 am

Sounds like a very helpful read. Count me in!

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24 Kristi January 28, 2008 at 10:53 am

I could REALLY use this book or any to remind me every day about the best way to deal with my wonderful, strong willed boys. please enter me.

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25 S.B. January 28, 2008 at 10:54 am

Could totally use this book!

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26 das January 28, 2008 at 10:59 am

count me in. thanks!

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27 Shannon January 28, 2008 at 11:07 am

I’m a new mom and this book I would love to win.
Thanks
palmersf@comcast.net

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28 Robin M. January 28, 2008 at 11:08 am

I could so use this book!! Parenting is really tough sometimes. Thanks :)

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29 Deb - Mom of 3 Girls January 28, 2008 at 11:09 am

This sounds like an awesome book! :)

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30 Mommy January 28, 2008 at 11:15 am

What a neat book! Please count me in! :)

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31 kelli in the mirror January 28, 2008 at 11:20 am

I could definitely use this book with my own kids as well as my daycare kids.

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32 Nichole January 28, 2008 at 11:22 am

What a great giveaway! Please include me!

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33 Christina January 28, 2008 at 11:24 am

What a great book!

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34 Becky January 28, 2008 at 11:24 am

I could use this book! THanks for the giveaway!

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35 Michele January 28, 2008 at 11:28 am

count me in please

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36 Paige January 28, 2008 at 11:37 am

I could also use some advice from this book. Sometimes I’m not the most patient parent.

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37 ellen January 28, 2008 at 11:40 am

I would love this!

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38 Bree January 28, 2008 at 11:42 am

COunt me in!

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39 Carmen January 28, 2008 at 11:42 am

I would love this. I am always looking for good parenting tips.

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40 Stacey January 28, 2008 at 11:45 am

Maybe this is what I need…

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41 Rachel S. January 28, 2008 at 11:50 am

Count me in!

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42 Tracy N January 28, 2008 at 11:53 am

This would really help me with my spirited little one.

tnayar at verizon dot net

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43 Qtpies7~ January 28, 2008 at 11:54 am

That is a great idea for a book! Knowing what to say is half the battle in parenting, it helps you stick to your guns, and your kids actually respect you more for that.

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44 Angela January 28, 2008 at 11:58 am

Wow Id love to win a copy!

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45 Missy January 28, 2008 at 12:02 pm

Sounds like a good book. Count me in!

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46 Ginny January 28, 2008 at 12:03 pm

I’d like this, I need some help :)

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47 Dianne W. Fuzek January 28, 2008 at 12:08 pm

Our son has 3 children – boy 6 from first marriage, and 2 girls from present marriage. All parties on great terms, thankfully. But, when daughter-in-law 2 has all 3 kids all weekend, it is sometimes “bedlam” to say the least. She tries so hard to be equal in her discipline, and doesn’t want to “rock any boats”. Some fresh ideas would be helpful.

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48 Jenn January 28, 2008 at 12:08 pm

This sounds like a wonderful book. Please enter me.

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49 stephanie January 28, 2008 at 12:09 pm

Oh gosh. I really need to win this one!!!

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50 Kara January 28, 2008 at 12:16 pm

Looks like a book I need!

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51 Missy January 28, 2008 at 12:17 pm

Sounds like a good book!

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52 Kelley January 28, 2008 at 12:28 pm

I think most any mom would benefit from this book….but I sure hope it is me. I need a few special ‘go to ‘ phrases like the ones above…my 4 year old is a lawyer in training…I need all the help I can get.

Thank you!

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53 Kim January 28, 2008 at 12:29 pm

Oooh – I could use this.

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54 Cindi Hoppes January 28, 2008 at 12:32 pm

Please enter me in your in wonderful book giveaway contest. Thanks,Cindi

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55 Edward Durbin January 28, 2008 at 12:33 pm

A great gift for any parent….

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56 Snowbird January 28, 2008 at 12:34 pm

Sounds like a great book. My daughter is the mommy of 3 very active little boys. I bet she would love to have this book.

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57 Mommy Cracked January 28, 2008 at 12:39 pm

This looks like an amazing read! Please count me in!

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58 Le Anne January 28, 2008 at 12:40 pm

I really need this book. I read just a few of the tips and am sad to say that I do all of those things at times. Now I am going to get off of this computer and go play with the kids.

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59 Stacey January 28, 2008 at 12:46 pm

I’m always looking for parenting tips! Please enter me in your contest. Thank you.

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60 Celly B January 28, 2008 at 12:46 pm

With a four-year-old dd and a two-year-old ds, this book sounds perfect! Please count me in!

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61 Andrea January 28, 2008 at 12:48 pm

Count me in! Those books look great!!

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62 Jessi N January 28, 2008 at 12:50 pm

I would love to read this book. There are days when my three year old says things to me that make my mouth drop open and I have no idea how to reply to her.

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63 Nichole January 28, 2008 at 1:02 pm

Count me in! I would LOVE that!!!
Thanks so much!!!
Nichole
nicholejordanblog@yahoo.com

http://blog.handmadebycole.com/

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64 Someone Being Me January 28, 2008 at 1:11 pm

Please sign me up. My son is turning 1 this week and I need a head start. 2 will be here before I know it.

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65 Lisa O January 28, 2008 at 1:16 pm

Sounds interesting and appropriate for me.

Thanks!

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66 laurie January 28, 2008 at 1:19 pm

yikes… demanding eye contact is something i do. oops. sounds like i could definitely use this book. :)

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67 Elaine January 28, 2008 at 1:36 pm

Great book premise, I want to win!

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68 Tara January 28, 2008 at 1:49 pm

Neat!

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69 faith January 28, 2008 at 2:22 pm

ooohhh…i need this. I have a two and three year old. =O

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70 Christina W January 28, 2008 at 2:23 pm

Cannot tell you how much we need advice like this, lol!

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71 Andrea January 28, 2008 at 2:26 pm

Wow, this book sounds targeted right for me!! Thanks for the chance to win!

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72 Christine January 28, 2008 at 2:26 pm

What an awesome prize. I would love this for my creative little girl who says the most random things. Sometimes I just laugh when I should be discplining. Thanks

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73 Chrissy January 28, 2008 at 2:34 pm

What an awesome book. Goodness knows I need to know what to say an an almost daily basis!

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74 Heidi January 28, 2008 at 2:35 pm

Wow, I could REALLY use this book. Me and my husband both!

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75 Cindi Hoppes January 28, 2008 at 2:35 pm

Please enter me in your fabulous contest. The book sounds so useful! Thanks,Cindi

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76 Patti January 28, 2008 at 2:35 pm

This would come handy! My two year old is an incrediable commicatior, and many times I forget he’s only 2…The first point you brought up, demanding eye contact when it is probably too much effort for them, really sold me!

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77 Angela January 28, 2008 at 2:36 pm

I am a mom a 3 year old so this looks like an awesome prize to me!!

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78 Erin January 28, 2008 at 2:40 pm

I could definitely use this book! *lol*

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79 Reeva January 28, 2008 at 2:42 pm

great contest! count me in :)

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80 Stephanie January 28, 2008 at 2:45 pm

I am the mother of a VERY mature 3 year old daughter, I absolutly need that book. Pick me!!!

Please.

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81 Princess Leia January 28, 2008 at 2:48 pm

Little man just turned 1, but we can already tell that discipline will be an issue. Any help will be appreciated! Pick me!

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82 Shannon H January 28, 2008 at 2:58 pm

Aha, sounds like the book for me!!!

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83 Michelle January 28, 2008 at 2:59 pm

The book looks really interesting — could always use help when it comes to parenting! :) mlciavola(at)yahoo(dot)com.

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84 Amiee January 28, 2008 at 3:00 pm

Please enter me in your drawing….thank you =)

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85 Eden January 28, 2008 at 3:04 pm

Oh, I’d love to win! Please count me in! Thank you!

I’m doing a giveaway on both of my blogs:

http://airforcefamily2007.blogspot.com

http://goddessofthehome.blogspot.com

I’ll be doing a new giveaway everyday until Friday. Thought you might want to know.

Eden

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86 Knittinchick January 28, 2008 at 3:06 pm

I’d love this for a baby shower gift!

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87 Charity January 28, 2008 at 3:06 pm

I could really use this.

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88 Liz Yost January 28, 2008 at 3:18 pm

What a great giveaway! Please sign me up! Thanks!

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89 Tonya January 28, 2008 at 3:19 pm

My strong willed 5-year-old and I really need this book.

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90 Greenstylemom January 28, 2008 at 3:24 pm

Sounds like a book I need!

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91 Peggie January 28, 2008 at 3:32 pm

Count me in!

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92 Beth Y January 28, 2008 at 3:32 pm

I would love to read this to know how to talk to my just-turned-two!

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93 Tonya Williams January 28, 2008 at 3:34 pm

I have a 12 month old..would love any suggestions I can get!

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94 Jen January 28, 2008 at 3:38 pm

Sounds great!

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95 Jenn S January 28, 2008 at 3:39 pm

I could really use this..thanks! Enter me please!

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96 Noreen January 28, 2008 at 3:40 pm

great book

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97 Lisa- Domestic Accident January 28, 2008 at 3:40 pm

I need all the help I could get.

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98 Karen (Mommy of Three) January 28, 2008 at 3:42 pm

Please count me in, thanks!

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99 Peter S January 28, 2008 at 3:45 pm

Sounds like something that would be really helpful around my house with my daughter. She chats up a storm at times and it’s really hard to stay on target. She also has a really hard time with eye contact. :-)

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100 Stephanie M January 28, 2008 at 3:47 pm

I would love one of these books. Please count me in. Thanks!

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101 Bree January 28, 2008 at 3:51 pm

Enter me, please!

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102 Monica January 28, 2008 at 3:52 pm

although my dd is very good at communicating her wants and needs,having this book handy will add to the fun!

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103 Stephen Saunders January 28, 2008 at 3:57 pm

Sounds like a nice contest, please enter me too.

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104 Jennifer S January 28, 2008 at 3:58 pm

Just tell me what to say to win! ;-)

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105 Christine January 28, 2008 at 4:04 pm

OH man, I make those mistakes too! I thought that’s what you were SUPPOSED to do though! ARG! I really need this book! Thanks!

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106 Susanne January 28, 2008 at 4:07 pm

Boy, do I need all the help I can get!!! Thanks…

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107 Jenny M January 28, 2008 at 4:07 pm

Great concept! Sounds like a good parental guide.

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108 Michele January 28, 2008 at 4:08 pm

This sounds great…my daughter is only 14 months old…so we still have a bit to go before she turns two…but it’s never to early to read up!

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109 majellamom January 28, 2008 at 4:10 pm

Very cute bag! Please add me to the drawing!

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110 Susan January 28, 2008 at 4:10 pm

I would love to have this book! I have a very nice US address to ship to also;)

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111 Elizabeth January 28, 2008 at 4:13 pm

ooohh looks fantastic!

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112 Sweetpeas January 28, 2008 at 4:13 pm

Sounds like a book for me!

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113 pickel January 28, 2008 at 4:13 pm

I could totally use something like this!

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114 majellamom January 28, 2008 at 4:15 pm

Okay, multitasking strikes again! I really am not this much of an idiot all the time! I MEANT to say that the book sounds great and would be really helpful with my very sensitive 3 year old.

Maybe this is why my hubby doesn’t think I should have multiple windows open at once! The cute bag was at http://shannonrjordan.blogspot.com/2008/01/does-everyone-know-what-time-it-is-time.html

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115 Tiffany Hulbert January 28, 2008 at 4:19 pm

I could use this!! Thank you!! :)

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116 Megan January 28, 2008 at 4:34 pm

Yeah, I need this! Would love to win!

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117 Valerie Mitchell January 28, 2008 at 4:39 pm

fabulous!

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118 Heather (Heather's reality show) January 28, 2008 at 4:44 pm

Count me in

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119 Kelly January 28, 2008 at 5:13 pm

Sounds like a book I need to read.

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120 Elliemae January 28, 2008 at 5:31 pm

I need all the help I can get. Count me in. Thanks!

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121 Kyra January 28, 2008 at 5:48 pm

I NEED this book ! :)

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122 Mari Ickes January 28, 2008 at 5:51 pm

Yes please!!

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123 Shama-Lama Mama January 28, 2008 at 5:53 pm

Oh, that book seems like such a great help! Thanks for the chance to win!

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124 The Chatty Housewife January 28, 2008 at 5:55 pm

Looks very interesting!

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125 Char January 28, 2008 at 5:57 pm

I have a very spirited 5 year old….so this would be perfect to answer all of her questions that I just don’t have an answer for!

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126 Julie January 28, 2008 at 6:08 pm

Please sign me up, thanks.

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127 Melinda January 28, 2008 at 6:14 pm

This book sounds like such a great resource! Please enter me!

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128 Mary January 28, 2008 at 6:15 pm

Thanks for the entry!

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129 Jenn January 28, 2008 at 6:16 pm

I would love to win this book!

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130 Stacie January 28, 2008 at 6:19 pm

Me please!

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131 Amy R January 28, 2008 at 6:22 pm

This sounds FANTASTIC! I would Love to win this book!
Thanks~ Amy

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132 Chelsea January 28, 2008 at 6:37 pm

The book looks great, and those responses are so much better than, “Because I said so!”

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133 Crystal Allen January 28, 2008 at 6:41 pm

what a great book. i am a mom of a 3 yo and an 8 yo. i sure could use this one!

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134 Teri January 28, 2008 at 6:46 pm

I would love to have this book! I want to be a mommy very soon and it would give me a lot of answers to my questions.

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135 Michelle January 28, 2008 at 6:48 pm

Yes, yes, yes! I love those responses, I’m going to use them. Thank you!

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136 Danielle S January 28, 2008 at 7:23 pm

Newborn and 5 yr old boys control my life! HELP!
dansan826 at yahoo.com

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137 Allison January 28, 2008 at 7:26 pm

Please count me in! Thanks!

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138 Jill January 28, 2008 at 7:31 pm

ooh, I think I need this

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139 Susan Smith January 28, 2008 at 7:57 pm

Please enter me

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140 Dan Smith January 28, 2008 at 7:57 pm

I’m in

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141 Missy January 28, 2008 at 8:22 pm

count me in!

thanks,
missy

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142 Tobi January 28, 2008 at 8:30 pm

Sounds like a great book. Thanks.

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143 Diana January 28, 2008 at 8:35 pm

I so need this book– and it sounds like it would work great on my junior high students, too!

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144 kristine January 28, 2008 at 8:42 pm

Sounds like a great book!

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145 vanessa January 28, 2008 at 9:08 pm

count me in. I need this book

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146 Shaun Wallner January 28, 2008 at 9:11 pm

Great idea for a book!

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147 Linda SS January 28, 2008 at 9:18 pm

Sounds like an interesting book that would benefit us.

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148 laura January 28, 2008 at 9:40 pm

very cool… looks like a great read…

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149 Kierra January 28, 2008 at 9:41 pm

please include me as well; thanks!

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150 Christi January 28, 2008 at 9:52 pm

This would be a great asset to have around, I do believe! Thank you!

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151 Elaine Rosser January 28, 2008 at 9:56 pm

Love this book!

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152 Jenn B. January 28, 2008 at 10:00 pm

Sounds like a great book, please include me :)

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153 Megan January 28, 2008 at 10:05 pm

Looks good! Please enter me.

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154 Liz January 28, 2008 at 10:12 pm

I am a school based therapist and this book would be great at helping the parents help their kids!

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155 Michelle January 28, 2008 at 10:17 pm

Oh my! I would love for a book to tell me what to say to my 2 year old sometimes !!

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156 Amy January 28, 2008 at 10:26 pm

Oh boy could I use this book!

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157 Christy Dixon January 28, 2008 at 10:40 pm

ACK!!! I HAVE to have this book! So many questions, so few answers!!!!What a great prize!! Thanks!

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158 Cindy January 28, 2008 at 10:43 pm

Looks like a great read. As a mom of a 3 year old, I could use it. Thanks for entering me.

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159 Ebie January 28, 2008 at 10:45 pm

hmmm, david will be 2 in june, looks like this should be on my list…

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160 Danai January 28, 2008 at 11:07 pm

This sounds like a wonderful book, one that I could certainly learn a thing or two from.

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161 Shay January 28, 2008 at 11:07 pm

I could really use some new ideas of how to talk to a toddler. Please pick me.

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162 Stephanie January 28, 2008 at 11:16 pm

This is the book for me and my husband. We could use some help in speaking with our 2 and 4 year olds.

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163 Sarah January 28, 2008 at 11:23 pm

Great giveaway. I am definitely interested.

Sarah
SeekingHim@gmail dot com

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164 Sarah January 28, 2008 at 11:25 pm

Oh, I think I need this! :)

Sarah

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165 Marly Lynk January 28, 2008 at 11:39 pm

Sign me up, please!

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166 taowyn January 28, 2008 at 11:53 pm

An entry for me please.

taowyn (at) gmail (dot) com

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167 kelli January 29, 2008 at 12:02 am

I really need this book!

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168 Sarah Berry January 29, 2008 at 12:10 am

I would love this. I think communication is critical.

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169 Suzie January 29, 2008 at 12:12 am

I have a feeling I’ll need this soon for my two year old.

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170 Jamie January 29, 2008 at 12:14 am

I could totally use this book w/two young children.

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171 Andrea January 29, 2008 at 12:38 am

Sounds great!! Please count me in! :)

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172 Mary January 29, 2008 at 12:47 am

With three kids ages 5 and under, I need this book! I, too, am guilty of spelling in front of the kids.

Blessings,
Mary

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173 Linda January 29, 2008 at 12:55 am

Ooh! Please enter me in the drawing!
ernestsgirl82@yahoo.com

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174 TopazTook January 29, 2008 at 1:09 am

Hmm. My inching-closer-to-two-year-old is precociously verbal. I think I need this book.

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175 Emily January 29, 2008 at 1:14 am

I would love to win this book, it looks great!

princesslimey (at) gmail (dot) com

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176 shannon bradford January 29, 2008 at 1:21 am

Every mom needs this book…..Count me in!

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177 Holly January 29, 2008 at 1:33 am

I could use all the help I can get. Terrific giveaway. Thanks!

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178 Caryn Bailey January 29, 2008 at 1:37 am

Sounds wonderful!

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179 Christi January 29, 2008 at 1:56 am

This is a great giveaway!

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180 JoAnn January 29, 2008 at 2:14 am

Will the books tell me how to deal with my 6 year old’s tendency to launch in 30 minute monologues about random things while I’m trying to read, watch something, or talk on the phone or stop my 11 month old’s loud, ear-piercing shrieks when he doesn’t get his way? LOL

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181 Laura January 29, 2008 at 2:34 am

I’d love this book – after years of teaching fifth grade, sometimes I still really don’t have a clue how to respond to them!

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182 Carol Ezovski January 29, 2008 at 5:29 am

I could certainly use this book!

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183 Liz Reese January 29, 2008 at 5:38 am

definitely could use this book!

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184 Theresa N. January 29, 2008 at 9:29 am

Sounds like a very helpful book.

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185 Donna January 29, 2008 at 10:05 am

This book sounds great to use with my 5yo!

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186 Gina January 29, 2008 at 10:38 am

Just the book I need to read since i have a 2 and 3 1/2 yr old.

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187 Corinne January 29, 2008 at 10:41 am

We could use the help here.

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188 jayedee January 29, 2008 at 10:55 am

awesome giveaway! please put my name in the hat! good luck everyone!

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189 Melissa January 29, 2008 at 10:59 am

Love it!!! =) Count me in!!!

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190 Piseco January 29, 2008 at 11:31 am

I love any books on parenting… Thanks for the contest.

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191 Vida January 29, 2008 at 11:35 am

This would be a great book, thanks for the chance to win.

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192 anita hiltz January 29, 2008 at 11:45 am

What a great giveaway! I am a mom to a 4, 9 and 11 year old! Thanks for doing this!
ahiltzy@yahoo.com

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193 Nicole January 29, 2008 at 11:47 am

Looks like an interesting book, could be very useful in parenting my three boys!

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194 elizabeth January 29, 2008 at 11:51 am

would LOVE this book!

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195 Dana Noga January 29, 2008 at 11:58 am

Oh boy do I need this book –
I have two boys (my oldest 3 are girls) so this has been a learning experience…and right now I’m dealing with behaviors I’m not sure how to handle.

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196 Katherine Frazier January 29, 2008 at 12:11 pm

looks like a great book

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197 Shannon B. January 29, 2008 at 12:31 pm

Looks like a good one!

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198 Nicole January 29, 2008 at 12:39 pm

Okay, I have 2 unruly children in that age group! :) Perhaps if I don’t win, I will go ahead and buy this one…..do they have it on tape?? I have 2 unruly little ones and very little time to read! :) LOL

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199 Jessica January 29, 2008 at 12:50 pm

I would LOVE this book. I often find myself not knowing what to say to my 2 year old!

conyersjessica@hotmail.com

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200 Brittany January 29, 2008 at 1:19 pm

As a mom of young boys, this would be a great book for when my kids leave me speechless :)

prettybritty425@gmail.com

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201 Kathy Conley January 29, 2008 at 1:20 pm

Looks like a good one…

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202 Amanda January 29, 2008 at 1:37 pm

This book sounds great – count me in.

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203 Staci January 29, 2008 at 1:38 pm

Considering # 5 is on it’s way … I could use all the help I could get! : )

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204 Shannon January 29, 2008 at 1:44 pm

Great giveaway! Sign me up!

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205 Char January 29, 2008 at 2:13 pm

Hi! This looks like a great tool towards healthy parenting!! Thanks!

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206 Tiff January 29, 2008 at 2:43 pm

count me in!!

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207 Jenifer January 29, 2008 at 2:47 pm

count me in….always looking for something wiser to say to my children.

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208 Joanna January 29, 2008 at 2:48 pm

With a toddler who hit the”terrible twos” about 6 months early, this could really come in handy!

Enter me in your giveaway, please.

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209 Fruitbearer January 29, 2008 at 3:39 pm

Please enter me. Thanks!

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210 Tracy D January 29, 2008 at 3:53 pm

I could definately use this!

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211 Kim Cleveland January 29, 2008 at 4:01 pm

I need this! Enter me please!

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212 you da mom January 29, 2008 at 4:01 pm

fantastic, count me in!

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213 Anastasia January 29, 2008 at 4:20 pm

That looks like something I could use :D

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214 Gr8Ful Mom January 29, 2008 at 4:26 pm

Mother of two (4 & 8) – would love some practical answers to the many questions of parenting.

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215 Cam & Devs Mom January 29, 2008 at 4:28 pm

Just when you think you have all the answers…you wake up! Having children comes with new questions and no answers everyday. Although no one has all the answers, some help and direction would be great.

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216 kerri January 29, 2008 at 4:37 pm

my kids are very honery i have 3 lovely girls that are quite a handful

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217 Megan January 29, 2008 at 5:12 pm

ok, I am going to need this soon!

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218 taryn January 29, 2008 at 5:43 pm

oooh please pick me! great giveaway!

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219 Sarah January 29, 2008 at 6:01 pm

I need this book!!!! (momma of 3 under age 6)

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220 michelle January 29, 2008 at 6:21 pm

love it enter me please :)
i have 3 boys one in kindergarted and one will be in preschool next year that book would help tons

mom2boys42@gmail.com

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221 Jo January 29, 2008 at 6:36 pm

That sounds like a great book and sooooo needed with my youngest!

jocoiner@gmail[dot]com

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222 Mary_Freebies January 29, 2008 at 6:38 pm

Sounds like an interesting book.

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223 val January 29, 2008 at 6:39 pm

sounds like a great book

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224 Talitha Lee January 29, 2008 at 7:07 pm

Finally something that might be a bit more useful than my smile and nod tactic I’ve had to use with my kids.

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225 Shari January 29, 2008 at 7:10 pm

I think my 19 month old is in a phase where I could definitely use some help communicating with her. Thanks!

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226 Melissa Allison January 29, 2008 at 7:11 pm

Please enter me! With 4 kids, ages 7 to 18 mos, this would help alot! Thanks so much!
Melissa
MamasBabiesx4@gmail.com

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227 Emily January 29, 2008 at 7:53 pm

Oh, these look good! HisKids37@sbcglobal.net

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228 Carrie January 29, 2008 at 8:07 pm

Oops, I’m guilty of all three of the “sins” you mentioned….gonna have to pick this book up!

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229 Ashley BB January 29, 2008 at 8:24 pm

Sounds like a very interesting book. I think I could use this one!
Ashley

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230 Sue January 29, 2008 at 9:22 pm

Sounds great. Count me in.

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231 Suzie January 29, 2008 at 9:43 pm

WOW – what a great book!! Who couldn’t use help like that?

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232 Kristie Noguera January 29, 2008 at 10:05 pm

Looks like a great book.

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233 Andrea January 29, 2008 at 10:12 pm

LOVE IT and would LOVE to have it!

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234 Jessie January 29, 2008 at 10:14 pm

With a 2 toddlers I would sure get some use from this book! Thanks for a great contest!

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235 pamela January 29, 2008 at 11:40 pm

I have a 2yr old, a 4 yr old, a 6 yr old and a 9 yr old. Please tell me what to say!!!

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236 Liz January 29, 2008 at 11:54 pm

Count me in!

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237 N. January 30, 2008 at 12:05 am

Me me me!

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238 Brekke January 30, 2008 at 12:26 am

This looks like a very interesting book that I could use ideas from. I have a creative five year old who manages to finagle her way around a lot of things I say. Some days, giving her directions is like writing a how-to manual. :)

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239 Samantha January 30, 2008 at 12:27 am

I could really use this!
zoetrope2000@gmail.com

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240 Brandy January 30, 2008 at 12:49 am

This sounds like a great book. Thanks!

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241 Anita Yancey January 30, 2008 at 1:00 am

Great book! Please enter me.

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242 Lori January 30, 2008 at 9:54 am

My lil girl is about to be turning 2 years old , I really have needed something to read on terrible 2′s . Count me in please!

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243 Audra Marie January 30, 2008 at 11:33 am

I could use this book to help me with my 4 and 2 (almost) year olds. :)

Thanks for the chance to win. :)

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244 Heather January 30, 2008 at 11:34 am

I have a preschooler and toddler. Could totally use this book. Thanks!

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245 Katie January 30, 2008 at 12:04 pm

Gosh could I use this – I have 5 kids ages 5 and under!

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246 Angela January 30, 2008 at 12:13 pm

Too, too cool! I loved looking around your blog. Thank you for your great offer!

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247 Meleah January 30, 2008 at 12:27 pm

Thanks for offering this great giveaway and making me aware of this book. If I don’t win this copy I may have to look into buying this book on my own, with one year old twins we are rapidly approaching all this issues. Thanks for the heads up.

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248 Jewelshud January 30, 2008 at 1:55 pm

Sounds like a great book – I have a 2 year old so it will come in handy!

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249 Koryn H. January 30, 2008 at 1:57 pm

I would love thesebooks!
I’m having a giveaway too! Check out my blog site to enter. Just click my name!

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250 Ellen B January 30, 2008 at 2:37 pm

that sounds like something i could use!

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251 ktrae January 30, 2008 at 3:56 pm

This books seems like it would be good for anyone who comes into contact with small children.

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252 Terra Heck January 30, 2008 at 4:16 pm

With six kids, parenting books come in handy.

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253 Chelsea January 30, 2008 at 4:25 pm

Awesome!! Pretty Please?? http://www.jcbgrange.blogspot.com

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254 Jen January 30, 2008 at 5:12 pm

Please count me in. Thanks for hosting!

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255 Tanya January 30, 2008 at 5:57 pm

Please enter us – we would love to win as parenting books are pretty much all I read lately …

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256 Nicki January 30, 2008 at 6:29 pm

Enter me!!!

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257 Marci January 30, 2008 at 7:39 pm

This book will be so helpful as I have two daughters!

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258 Lovesprout January 30, 2008 at 8:12 pm

Sounds like a book that could truly help me with my 2.5 & 4.5 y/o.

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259 Cherie January 30, 2008 at 11:00 pm

I could really benefit from this book! Please enter me and thanks!

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260 Amanda January 30, 2008 at 11:05 pm

please enter me thanks

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261 Kathie January 30, 2008 at 11:27 pm

count me in

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262 supertiff January 31, 2008 at 12:00 am

i’d love to give this to my good friend. she has a 5 year old and a 8 month old, and they are really struggling. she’s be so happy to get some tips.

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263 Michelle B. January 31, 2008 at 12:33 am

Please enter me in your contest.

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264 Erin Flemming January 31, 2008 at 12:45 am

best giveaway ever!

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265 Heather Slater January 31, 2008 at 1:13 am

What a great idea!

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266 Alison January 31, 2008 at 2:04 am

Sounds like a neat book – count me in!

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267 Sylvia January 31, 2008 at 2:16 am

Looks like a great book- as the mom of an 8 month old and an MFT intern, this addresses my most prevalent interests! :)

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268 aa January 31, 2008 at 7:11 am

I could use this book. I have two five y/o’s and a three y/o. Some days, I need to just dive into a book like this. ;)

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269 Lydia January 31, 2008 at 7:57 am

Great!! Count me in!!
Check out my giveaway – Mary Kay Product!!

http://www.thepangburn.blogspot.com

Thank you!!

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270 Jackie January 31, 2008 at 8:07 am

Great contest! Please enter me. Thx! jlazztoo at yahoo dot com

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271 Tisa January 31, 2008 at 10:56 am

Sounds like a great book for all parents! Thanks! ~ :)

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272 Maren January 31, 2008 at 1:26 pm

cool giveaway!

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273 John MacDonald January 31, 2008 at 1:52 pm

I have three young Grandchildren. This would help.

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274 danandmarsh January 31, 2008 at 2:17 pm

Sounds like a great book, please count me in!

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275 Kam A January 31, 2008 at 2:20 pm

Would love to win!

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276 Dawn January 31, 2008 at 2:23 pm

I could definitely use this! I especially am interested in the NOT demanding eye contact…we’ve always required our kids to look at us when we’re talking, so I”m interested what they have to say about it.

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277 Lori January 31, 2008 at 2:48 pm

Please enter my name in the drawing. I’d love to win the book/books.

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278 Nikki Evans January 31, 2008 at 3:00 pm

Thanks for entering me into your contest

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279 Shannon O. January 31, 2008 at 3:10 pm

This sounds like the book I need right now…

Shannon
owens1299@verizon.net

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280 Chelsea January 31, 2008 at 5:43 pm

Nice giveaway ~ count me in, please!! :o)

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281 Julie January 31, 2008 at 6:00 pm

Oh..I think I need this book!

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282 tanyetta January 31, 2008 at 6:41 pm

please, count me in. thank you.

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283 Emily Roper January 31, 2008 at 7:29 pm

looks like a great book!

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284 Brandy January 31, 2008 at 10:08 pm

Sounds like an interesting book. Please count me in! Thanks!

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285 Robin January 31, 2008 at 10:21 pm

This book sounds great. Please enter me.

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286 Eileen January 31, 2008 at 10:38 pm

Wow, given the day I’ve had today with my 4 year old, I NEED this book. If I don’t win I think I will have to buy it! Winning it would be better though! :-)

Thanks!

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287 Alyson February 1, 2008 at 2:03 am

Oh my gosh….have read my mind? my blog? seen my life?? I NEED THIS BOOK!!!! Thank you for telling me about it no matter what happens.

You girls add sparkle to my life! Thanks for all you do.

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288 Shannon February 1, 2008 at 2:25 am

thanks

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289 Chantelle Sabino February 1, 2008 at 9:34 am

Awesome thankyou.

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290 Nicole Price February 1, 2008 at 11:50 am

I need this book. Enter me please.

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291 Heather C February 1, 2008 at 1:09 pm

This is something I need to read. When my daughter knew how to spell at 4, our days of spelling communication were OVER! :-)

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292 Tamara Leonard Merritt February 1, 2008 at 1:14 pm

Thanks for the Bloggy Contest!

Please enter me.

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293 Sundi February 1, 2008 at 1:30 pm

This sounds fantastic, as I have two preschoolers that I’m trying to communicate with! Thanks!

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294 Donna L. February 1, 2008 at 6:18 pm

My daughter is a pre-school teacher and could use this book. Some days her 10 2-3yo just bounce off the walls.!

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295 BrendaS February 2, 2008 at 1:06 am

I certainly would love to read this book! I think it gets tougher when they get past 6 and start to try to outsmart you!

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296 Sally Baldwin February 2, 2008 at 6:00 pm

This would be great!!

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297 Pamela White February 2, 2008 at 6:50 pm

This would be wonderful.

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298 philip halter February 2, 2008 at 8:39 pm

love books

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299 Kolleen Brunton February 2, 2008 at 8:48 pm

I could REALLY use this book. Twin five year old boys ‘nough said. LOL.

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300 Eileen February 3, 2008 at 12:19 am

I would love a copy of your book. Great tips!
Cheryle@twcny.rr.com

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301 Gloria February 3, 2008 at 2:55 am

Sounds like a great book!

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302 Kelly February 3, 2008 at 8:33 am

could use this

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303 Samantha Pruitt February 3, 2008 at 9:35 am

cool beans!

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304 Felicia Reynolds February 3, 2008 at 10:22 am

I need this very so, I’m a new mom and a part time baby sitter to younger siblings that are out of control!

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305 Carrie February 3, 2008 at 10:38 am

I hate to admit how much I need some communication tips…

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306 Sylvia Porter February 3, 2008 at 12:19 pm

great giveaway!

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307 bryon shaffer February 3, 2008 at 2:09 pm

hope i win.

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308 Nina February 3, 2008 at 10:24 pm

I’d love to win this… thanks!

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