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I work in the city but I love living in the 'burbs so much we moved there - despite my crazy commute. The closer I get to home, the more relaxed I feel.
 
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Saturday, August 6, 2011

My First Giveaway! "Listen to Me Please" by Ava Parnass & Dr. Ron Taffel

When I received an email asking if I would like to review the book “Listen to Me Please” by Ava Parnass RN, MSN, CS & Dr. Ron Taffel the timing was perfect.   After being home with the kids for a couple of weeks, they were wearing on me – and time outs and frustration were the name of the game that day.

Listen to Me Please Time in Not Time Out  is a great book that helps children to describe how they are feeling and opens the door to discussion about it.  It helps them express themselves through its pictures so that they can make themselves understood.  So instead of a frustrated child, you have one that feels heard.  (especially nice when they are younger and just don’t have the words to put to how they feel right when you ask them)

The idea is to find quiet time to sit down together and look through the book’s 15 pictures. There are conversation starters and plenty of parenting tips provided.    Giving your child the opportunity to share the picture that describes their day, allows you time to sit together and discuss it. If your child cannot choose one, you can help by finding one that fits in with how the day has gone (i.e. learning to play nicely together – one I think fits here at home after a day of sibling rivalry)

In our lives, there isn’t always a lot of time to just sit down and be – to really connect with our kids.  We’re so busy trying to keep up with the craziness that sometimes these special and important moments get left out.  And we all need them – both us and the kids.  I like how this is acknowledged and how the book isn’t just for kids – it’s a tool for parents, too.  And in my overwhelming world, I love that it gives me tips to make positive changes in myself.  That kind of fits in with my philosophy this year so it’s right on the mark for me.  Being a better parent is always a good thing!

Overall, I’m really pleased with the book.  The boys like it, too.  My four year old likes to share with me and the book is really helpful for chatting about his day. (heard at the dinner table this week..."so Mom, how was your day?" said very seriously and with great attentiveness to my answer)  My two year old likes to tell me about the pictures – he’s a bit young for the intent, but he’s getting there. They like the drawings and I like the intent.

For More information on this book and how to purchase it (as well as other books and great kids songs) – go to http://www.listentomeplease.com/




And thanks to the generosity of Ms. Ava Parnass, I have a digital copy of the book  Listen to Me Please and a bonus song to give away to one of my readers!  Here’s how:

Mandatory Entry:  Leave a comment below to share why you’d love to have this book

Optional Entries:

  • Follow me on Twitter @rjdoghouse and  tweet the following (2X daily) -  leave a comment with link for each tweet

 Enter to Win the children's book Listen to Me Please by Ava Parnass from @rjdoghouse & @listentomepleas http://tinyurl.com/3btg8lt (8/21)



  • Follow my blog  publicly through Google Friends Connect and leave a comment

Valid World Wide
Winners will be chosen through random.org
Ends 08/21  (August 21, 2011)

Good Luck!!! J


AND THE WINNER IS.....

bigdisneyfan 

Congratulations!!

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22 comments:

  1. Jackie what a lovely lovely well written review:) You are meant to do them. Love what you wrote and how you wrote it!
    Thanks you for your hard work
    best Ava

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  2. Sounds interesting!

    Following you from the We Are Canadian hop :)

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  3. Sounds like a good book for anyone with small children, and as parents there is always something we can learn or learn to do better.
    samorjj(at)hotmail.com

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  4. Follow you on twitter and tweeted the contest.
    http://twitter.com/#!/samorjj/status/100784886029365248
    samorjj(at)hotmail.com

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  5. I would love this because my 4 and 6 year old would enjoy the book.

    frugalmommieof2 at gmail.com

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  6. I'm following you on twitter @mommieoftwo.

    frugalmommieof2 at gmail.com

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  7. Following you by Google friend connect

    frugalmommieof2 at gmail.com

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  8. I would love to win this book it sounds like a good read for a child

    ontariohappychick at gmail dot com

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  9. follow you with GFC

    ontariohappychick at gmail dot com

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  10. My daughter is three and we are not communicating well by the end of the day there is way too much shouting going on, I'd love to win so we can work tother to communicate better.
    thanks for the chance!
    amym_brown @ hotmail.com

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  11. I follow on twitter and tweeted today:
    http://twitter.com/#!/amym_brown/status/104207972674179074
    amym_brown @ hotmail.com

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  12. I follow @listentomepleas on twitter
    amym_brown @ hotmail.com

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  13. I'm following your blog on GFC
    amym_brown @ hotmail.com

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  14. daily tweet
    http://twitter.com/#!/amym_brown/status/104543826424774656
    thanks
    amym_brown @ hotmail.com

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  15. My kids are ages 4 and 7, and I say "Listen to Me Please!" MANY times during the day. I'm hoping if we add this book to our night time story routine, it would help all of us.
    warnaar-2@yahoo.ca

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  16. I follow you on twitter and tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/#!/bigdisneyfan/status/104880558005436416

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  17. I follow @ListenToMePleas on Twitter. I'm @bigdisneyfan.

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  18. I follow on GFC as 'bigdisneyfan'

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  19. I Subscribe to the ListenToMePlease blog
    warnaar-2 at yahoo dot ca

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  20. tweet;
    http://twitter.com/#!/amym_brown/status/104881918348234752
    thanks
    amym_brown @ hotmail.com

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  21. daily tweet
    http://twitter.com/#!/amym_brown/status/105265818312523777
    thanks
    amym_brown @ hotmail.com

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  22. That book looks awesome. I wish I would had been more on the ball and entered the giveaway...oh well. Thanks for the review though! :)

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