Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Mama Rock's Rules - Review and Giveaway

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Update: Please note the new deadline of April 27 for this contest. I'm bumping up the date so that I can feature this contest in the very awesome Bloggy Giveaways Carnival! Click here to enter all of the other fabulous giveaways going on there. Good luck!

As a parent of three, I've been learning and growing along with my children for over 18 years. And you know what? "You learn something new everyday" is quite true, even after all this time.

Imagine if you were able to get sage advice and tips from a mother who has successfully raised 27 children? If you're like me, you'd jump on the chance to do so.

You'll have the opportunity to do just that when you read Mama Rock's Rules: Ten Lessons for Raising a Household of Successful Children (Harper Collins) by Rose Rock with Valerie Graham. Rose Rock is the mother of comedian Chris Rock, and has raised ten children as well as 17 foster children.



Anyone who can do that...and do it successfully, has my full attention! The book is full of wonderful words of wisdom, and I like that Mama Rock is very "old school." She tells it like it is and believes in setting rules and limitations for children. She believes that parents should be parents and not friends with their children (Amen to that!)

To bring home the points she makes in each section, she offers "Mama's Mojo" which is a short but sweet summary of some of her rules. Her children also offer their point of view in quotes in the sidebars of the book.

The celebrity lover in me enjoyed getting a glimpse into the childhood of Chris Rock. Mama Rock tells so many funny/charming stories that you feel like you're right there in their household, trying to cover up the broken gumball machine right along with them (one broken piece at a time carried out of the house under coats, lol).

My favorite piece of advice was how Mama Rock got her children to admit to doing something wrong. She advises parents to never ask a "yes" or "no" question. Don't ask your children if they broke a vase. The answer will always be no.

Instead, sit them down, make them comfortable with something like a delicious bowl of ice cream and then make them believe that you already know more than you do (don't you just love her already?). Then ask them something like, "When you did this (broke the lamp or piece of china), were you bouncing a ball or did you throw it around the room with someone else?"

I am so going to use that from now on with my kids! In fact, I clearly remember using this on a boyfriend of mine who I suspected was cheating on me in middle school. He'd gone to a skating rink on a Friday night and when he got back I said, "I heard you were skating with that girl."

Of course, I'd heard no such thing, but it worked. He apologized profusely and I quickly dumped him. Why didn't I ever think to use that tactic with my kids? Thanks, Mama Rock for reminding me that a little manipulation can go a long way in bringing out the truth!

I don't agree with all of the rules in the book (for example, I don't believe in handing my children a condom and so far my approach has worked as my oldest is heading off to college as a virgin and plans to save herself for marriage), but I think most parents would be hard-pressed to completely agree with all the rules another parent has for their kids.

But I do agree with most of the rules, and I think you will too.

Want to find out if you do? I am giving away my review copy of Mama Rock's Rules to one lucky reader. Simply leave a comment here to be entered. Deadline to enter is at 11:59 p.m, April 27. Winner will be selected at random using Random.org and announced on April 28. Good luck!
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dolls123 said...

I would love to read this book.
Thanks for the review.

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Lesha said...

Sounds like this could be a good book. :)

Gina said...

Sounds like an interesting read. I'd love to be entered!

Reiza said...

Your review got my attention. Parenting books are tricky. You've got to find something that works, but doesn't go against your beliefs/instincts. It sounds like this book would work for us.

Crossing fingers
Please pick me. :-)

windycindy said...

Sounds great to this mom! Sage advice never hurt anyone. As far as I am concerned, she is practically a saint! LOL Please enter me in your book drawing. Thanks,Cindi
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imadramamama said...

I've been hearing lots of great things about this book!

jskell911 said...

I would love to be entered into this contest. Sounds like a great book!

Dawn said...

It sounds like a great book. Any advice on parenting is welcome.

Kimberly said...

It sounds like a very interesting book.

I can be reached at the URL linked to my name. THANKS!

gunzie said...

Sounds a terrific fun book to read. I would love to win.
Thanks for the giveaway!
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Jennifer Bogart said...

I would like to win this book very much!

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Mari said...

27 kids! My two exhaust me! I'd love this book!!

Hipmomofboyz said...

I would love to win this book..I am tired with my 3 boyz

Anonymous said...

This looks to be a great book with humorous and helpful advice.
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Audra Marie said...

This sounds like a fun and useful read. :) Thanks for the chance to win it. :)

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WorldsGreatestMommy said...

Sounds great! 27 kids, that's insane. She must know something to make it through that.

M.E. said...

Enter me, please!

Sarah Berry said...

This sounds like an awesome book not only am I a single mom but I also work with troubled kids. I would love to read this

LeAnne said...

I would love to read this book. Sounds like a great read. Every now and then we all need a little
"old school" refresher!!

carolsue said...

I'd love to get my hands on this book!
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Marly said...

If my son grows up to be anything like his father, I'm going to need this book! :)

grace said...

I have read reviews of this book and I want to read it!

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Alitheia said...

I'd love to read this book =) Thanks for offering it.

The Chatty Housewife- said...

Thank you for the giveaway, it's great! I would love to win. nw_wife(at)hotmail(dot)com

Audrey said...

I love Chris Rock. I'm sure a book by his mom is great!

Suzie G. said...

This sounds like a great book! I could use some new mom tips.

frugallm said...

I bet this is full of laughs!! I would love to read it!

Rebecca said...

I saw her on the Today show and would love to read it!

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nottryingforaboy said...

I saw her on The View. I really want to read her book. She's an amazing woman.

susan1215 said...

please enter me

Kim said...

I saw her on the Today show and ever since then I've wanted to get her book!

What a wonderful giveaway you are doing here.

Have fun with your giveaway. Don't forget to head on over to my blog and enter mine!

Jinxy & Me said...

I have wanted to read this since I saw her on "The View". Thanks for the giveaway!

Reeva said...

ohh i bet this book is great -- is aw her on tv and wanted to read it

Great giveaway! I hope i'm the lucky winner! :)

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