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Denise Schipani shares her secret to being a 'Mean Mom,' and why it's better for your kids–and for you–in the long run." —Jen Singer, author You're a Good Mom (and Your Kids Aren't So Bad Either)

"'Mean' moms make kids learn to do things for themselves from making breakfast to finding inner peace. I'm hoping I'm a little meaner myself after reading this book." —Lenore Skenazy, founder of the book and blog Free–Range Kids

"I've chosen to be the kind of mother I feel is best, and that kind of mother is mean."

MEAN MOMS SAY NO.

MEAN MOMS ARE CONSISTENT.

MEAN MOMS TRUST THEMSELVES.

MEAN MOMS DON'T CARE WHAT EVERYONE ELSE IS DOING.

MEAN MOMS TEACH KIDS THE LIFE SKILLS THEY NEED TO KNOW.

MEAN MOMS SLOW IT DOWN.

MEAN MOMS FAIL THEIR KIDS A LITTLE BIT EVERY DAY.

And mean moms prepare their kids for the world, not the world for their kids, raising children into adults who know how to make themselves happy.

Mean Moms Rule.

And their kids benefit

Denise Schipani writes about all things mean and motherly at www.confessionsofameanmommy.com

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Denise Schipani shares her secret to being a 'Mean Mom,' and why it's better for your kids–and for you–in the long run." —Jen Singer, author You're a Good Mom (and Your Kids Aren't So Bad Either)

"'Mean' moms make kids learn to do things for themselves from making breakfast to finding inner peace. I'm hoping I'm a little meaner myself after reading this book." —Lenore Skenazy, founder of the book and blog Free–Range Kids

"I've chosen to be the kind of mother I feel is best, and that kind of mother is mean."

MEAN MOMS SAY NO.

MEAN MOMS ARE CONSISTENT.

MEAN MOMS TRUST THEMSELVES.

MEAN MOMS DON'T CARE WHAT EVERYONE ELSE IS DOING.

MEAN MOMS TEACH KIDS THE LIFE SKILLS THEY NEED TO KNOW.

MEAN MOMS SLOW IT DOWN.

MEAN MOMS FAIL THEIR KIDS A LITTLE BIT EVERY DAY.

And mean moms prepare their kids for the world, not the world for their kids, raising children into adults who know how to make themselves happy.

Mean Moms Rule.

And their kids benefit

Denise Schipani writes about all things mean and motherly at www.confessionsofameanmommy.com

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      • source: Lenore Skenazy, founder of the book and blog Free-Range Kids.
      • content: ""Mean" moms make kids learn to do things for themselves – from making breakfast to finding inner peace. They are so mean, in fact, that they refuse to treat their kids like darling little dolts. I'm hoping I'm a little meaner myself after reading this book."
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      • source: Jen Singer, author "You're a Good Mom (and Your Kids Aren't So Bad Either)
      • content: "What ever happened to raising your kids to leave you someday? Well, the 'everybody wins,' 'my kids are my friends,' perfect parenting culture got in the way. Luckily, Denise Schipani shares her secret to being a "Mean Mom," and why it's better for your kids – and for you – in the long run."
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      • content: "Schipani has a solid track record of writing on parenting topics and no shortage of opinions. Self-described as "relentlessly practical" she is also funny, witty, and loaded with suggestions for keeping kids in their place (e.g., stash the grown-up ice cream in the back of the freezer and eat it after they go to bed)."
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      • content: "It's a way of life that too few parents are willing to impose these days, with negative consequences for both parents  ("Hang onto yourself," Schipani advises. "You may need that person later") and children alike. But she feels the benefits are well worth it. "I am going to take these two little boys I've created and turn them into good men. If it kills me.""
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      • content: ""Mean Moms Rule" is a great investment for all parents. She reminds me that being a firm and financially sane parent will help my little guy grow up to be a steady, self-disciplined young man."
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      • content: "Mean Moms Rule is Denise's no-nonsense, reassuring, funny, and above all empowering take on parenting. She's not telling you her way is the only way, or that it's scientifically proven that xyz will result in abc. She's not trying to convince you that there's a right way to parent. She's just calling it like she sees it."
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      • source: aspiritedmind.com
      • content: "Mean Moms Rule is a good reminder that we can be reasonable in our parenting."
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      • content: "Denise Schipani has written an amazing book that every parent should own. I'm so proud to know that I am a MEAN MOM!"
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      • source: clutterbug.me
      • content: "Finally, a book that enforces good old fashion discipline, hard work and the regular use of the taboo word "NO"."
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      • content: "Wow, I was feeling kind of guilty for having to constantly say no, but after reading a few of the pages my confidence has gone up and I will continue to be a proud mean mom."
      • premium: False
      • source: urbanbaby.com
      • content: "If nothing else, you'll feel validated in knowing you're not the only one turning down requests for candy before dinner, inappropriate TV shows and a toy at every store - they'll thank you for it later."
      • premium: False
      • source: woodland.macaronikid.com
      • content: "After reading "MEAN MOMS RULE: Why going the hard stuff now cretes good kids later!" by Denise Schipani.  I realized that among many other things, being the mom that feels natural to me, and parenting the same way, is really good for my children.  "
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      • content: "Schipani encourages moms to do the right thing – always. Kids don't need a perfect mom. Kids don't need a slacker mom. They need a mean mom who loves them too much to go soft now."
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      • content: "In a Nutshell: A modern-day parenting bible, Mean Moms Rule proves that you don't have to be a pushover to be a decent parent. "
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      • source: thetaleofbabyriser.blogspot.com
      • content: " In the Hot-Off-the-Presses book, Mean Moms Rule, Denise Schipani shares her strategies on parenting her two boys the "mean" way. She's not really "mean," though kids might say so. She's just decided to stick to her guns and be the parent."
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      • source: vtmommies.com
      • content: "I found that I really agreed with much of what Schipani writes about, and they are all things I learned from my own mom."
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        February 20, 2012
        Freelance writer and mother of two, Schipani asserts that parents (in particular moms) who coddle their children, try to be their “friend,” or take a child-centric or helicopter approach to parenting aren’t doing their kids any favors. To counteract the trend toward warm and fuzzy parenting, she presents 10 “Mean Mom Manifestos” in separate chapters (e.g., “Hang On to Yourself. You May Need that Person Later,” “Don’t Follow the Parenting Pack,” “Take (or Take Back) Control”). Schipani urges moms to take charge and teach life skills so that kids will grow up to be confidant, capable adults. “Mean,” by the author’s definition, entails bucking the prevailing parenting trend, liberally using “the No word,” and taking “the long view of parenting” by placing more emphasis on future outcome than jumping to meet kids’ demands all day long. Schipani has a solid track record of writing on parenting topics and no shortage of opinions. Self-described as “relentlessly practical” she is also funny, witty, and loaded with suggestions for keeping kids in their place (e.g., stash the grown-up ice cream in the back of the freezer and eat it after they go to bed). While some readers will find the author’s mean-mom shtick a bit jarring (though hip and catchy, perhaps the word “mean” is ill-chosen), others will welcome the message that when mean moms “rule,” kids benefit.

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        Starred review from April 1, 2013

        The only thing bad about this book is the title. The parenting approach taken and recommended by Schipani is hardly "mean"--many would consider it traditional, honest, and effective. In material that is based on valuing future outcomes more than present-day happiness, she offers ten "Mean Mom Manifestos" for raising great kids, including "It's Not About You, It's About Them;" "Hang On To Yourself. You May Need That Person Later (And So May Your Kids)," and "Say No. Smile. Don't Apologize. Repeat as Necessary." Her reasoning is logical and persuasive, and her presentation is humorous and conversational without being cutesy or apologetic. VERDICT Helicopter parenting has reached peak oil in my opinion, and Schipani provides a great new model for taking back control. Buy. Circulate. Repeat.

        Copyright 2013 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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"'Mean' moms make kids learn to do things for themselves from making breakfast to finding inner peace. I'm hoping I'm a little meaner myself after reading this book." —Lenore Skenazy, founder of the book and blog Free–Range Kids

"I've chosen to be the kind of mother I feel is best, and that kind of mother is mean."

MEAN MOMS SAY NO.

MEAN MOMS ARE CONSISTENT.

MEAN MOMS TRUST THEMSELVES.

MEAN MOMS DON'T CARE WHAT EVERYONE ELSE IS DOING.

MEAN MOMS TEACH KIDS THE LIFE SKILLS THEY NEED TO KNOW.

MEAN MOMS SLOW IT DOWN.

MEAN MOMS FAIL THEIR KIDS A LITTLE BIT EVERY...

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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

INTRODUCTION

MEAN MOM MANIFESTO #1

It's Not about You. It's about Them.

MEAN MOM MANIFESTO #2

Hang On to Yourself. You May Need That Person Later (and So May Your Kids).

MEAN MOM MANIFESTO #3

Start as You Mean to Go On.

MEAN MOM MANIFESTO #4

Don't Follow the Parenting Pack.

MEAN MOM MANIFESTO #5

Take (or Take Back) Control.

MEAN MOM MANIFESTO #6

Say No. Smile. Don't Apologize. Repeat as Necessary.

MEAN MOM MANIFESTO #7

Teach Life Skills. If Not You, Who?

MEAN MOM MANIFESTO #8

Slow It Down. Slow It Way Down.

MEAN MOM MANIFESTO #9

Fail Your Child, a Little Bit, Every Day.

MEAN MOM MANIFESTO #10

Prepare Them for the World (Not the World for Them).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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