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208 pages
May 2005
Revell Books

Taming Your Family Zoo: Six Weeks to Raising a Well-Mannered Child

by Donna Jones

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Donna Jonesís book Taming Your Family Zoo is a parenting book that recommends taking a six week journey to training your monkeys, that is, your children into joys to encounter.

Part I presents the ever present problem of child rearing: how best to accomplish it in todayís society and with todayís new standards and unwritten rules. Jones deals with the parents, and the adjustments they may need to make in order to be successful in the six week program, like setting a good example, being consistent, and being in agreement with fellow caregivers. It is the motivational section.

Part II begins with the training weeks: week one covers general manners, such as handing otherís property, personal hygiene, speaking politely, behavior in public places; week two is on meeting and greeting; week three is on table manners; week four presents telephone and computer manners; week five gives party and outing manners; and week six is friendship manners. There is also a summary chapter and a question and answer section.

Donna Jones holds a degree in interpersonal communications from UCLA and is the co-founder and owner of Confidence and Courtesies, an etiquette course for children. She has been teaching children and teens manners since 1988, and also speaks at MOPS and womenís retreats.

The layout of the book is simple and clear. This would make a good study for parenting or moms group. The book does not attempt to cover discipline as much as what etiquette is needed and how that can be taught. I would recommend it to mothers who want to know just what rules to teach and how to approach the subject without nagging. Ė Elece Hollis, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

Where have all the manners gone?

Are you tired of rude replies, even primal grunts, coming from the mouths of your children? Do you wonder who switched your sweet child with this wild animal who's now throwing a temper tantrum in the middle of the restaurant? Whether you're training your two-year-old to say "please" or trying to talk with your teenage boy about his treatment of girls, you know that teaching your kids about manners is not an easy task.

Kids who are well mannered are more confident and successful and have better relationships. But how and where do you begin? In Taming Your Family Zoo, Donna Jones offers real-life stories, insight, and loads of wisdom on what it takes to raise a well-mannered child. With Donna's help, you'll be amazed at how easy (and fun!) teaching manners can be. In six weeks or less, you will see a marked difference in how your children interact with others and with you.