Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Affluenza Antidote

James V. D'Amico 

Can affluent parents resist the pressures to make their children's lives too easy -- thereby ruining their work ethic? This book says "yes" -- but it's not easy. Read about a few wealthy families who are bucking the tide to raise the kind of purposeful young citizens our society so desperately needs. Learn what psychologists, educators, researchers and wealth counselors say about the traditional practices and values that help bolster a family's immunity to our society's destructive obsessions. The Affluenza Antidote is intended to stimulate awareness of the damaging effects of too much money and too little tough love, and to encourage younger parents to help restore the values that made previous generations great. A portion of proceeds from the sales of this book will benefit not-for-profit organizations that support families and children.

My Take:

I can only wish that my current financial situation made this book 100% applicable to my life in the here and now, but alas, I'm broke, so I don't need this book--yet.  But I'm hopeful :)  Anyway, I really enjoyed reading through this book, because, all joking aside, I think this book actually can be used for any parent wanting their child to grow up unspoiled and instilled with strong values.  So many teenagers, both wealthy and not, have a complete sense of entitlement, and this book can give you tools to knock sense into them!  The author draws insight from many experts on the subject, and puts all the info together into a compact and straightforward book.  The author discusses the importance of simple family rituals and setting an example, as well as the hows and whys of creating a strong work ethic within your child.  That is really, I think, the biggest message in the book.  Teach your kids to work, even if they will get a huge inheritance, even if they won't, they're lives will absolutely not be fulfilling if they don't learn to work.  My final word on this book is the honesty in which it discusses the reality in which you find yourself.  This book isn't saying that if you read it and follow it, your kids will be perfect.  There is a section toward the back called "No Magic Bullets".  It talks about how there is no foolproof recipe for success, external influences, societal pressures, tragedy, trauma, DNA and birth order all have influence in each child's life, there is no escaping it.  The Affluenza Antidote is merely trying to provide the reader with as much info on the topic as possible so that you as a parent glean from it what you will and do your best.  I really enjoyed this honest and straightforward book,  3 Find a Used Book Store

Do you agree with my review, do you think I'm totally off base?  Either way I'd love to hear from you, be sure to leave a comment and tell me how you feel!

The Affluenza Antidote is rated G, appropriate for all audiences 

***FTC Disclosure:  This book was provided in exchange for an honest review, no other compensation was given, all opinions are my own*** 

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Sam said...

I am a teacher so as you can imagine I have a lot of opinions on parenting!

If and when I have children, I hope to bring them up in the way this book suggests; not lazy or entitled, but willing to work and respect others.

Beki Hilton said...

I am your newest follower! I think your review was good. I was never handed anything and had to work hard for what I wanted and what I have now!


kristy eléna said...

i loved your take on this book. i think you're so right that a lot of people grow up with a sense of entitlement and it's entirely up to the parents to make sure that doesn't happen. i think i may just keep this book in mind for the future. =)


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