But I Waaannt It!

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Dear Parents,

The world is filled with opportunities, temptations, challenges, and dazzling seductions-remember Pinocchio's intoxicated reaction to the Land of Toys? How do we best explain to our children that not all things, actions, or experiences are equally valuable? How do we best teach our children that acquiring and consuming are not the main means of making a purposeful and happy life? The answer is not simple, because it requires a child to accept limitations and practice self-discipline. We parents must role-model those behaviors and principles that we're trying to teach.

Reading BUT I WAAANNT IT! will help you learn how to use the challenging situations of your daily life with your child as teaching tools. Children learn well from theirown emotional experiences, especially when parents are there to guide them and clarify for them the deeper meaning of those significant events.

Shalom,Dr. Laura Schlessinger

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In her latest children's book, popular radio talk-show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger turns her attention to the dreaded child-in-a-toy-store phenomenon. The temptations for young Sammy (protagonist of Dr. Laura's earlier bestselling title, Why Do You Love Me?) prove to be too much when he accompanies his mother to the toy store to select a gift for his two-year-old cousin. "But I waaannt it!" Sammy whines, clinging to an armful of stuffed animals. "Having them all will make me so verrry happy." In a strategic (and wallet-emptying) maneuver, Sammy's mother buys him everything he wants, trusting that, once home with the overwhelmingly excessive menagerie, he will somehow learn a lesson. And in this story, the lesson he learns is that things do not have the power to make people happy. As his mother says, "It's how special something or someone is to you that makes you happy." This picture book is no more pleasant to read than it is to see a child whining in a store, but if its lesson sinks in, parents everywhere will breathe a sigh of relief. (Ages 3 to 7) --Emilie Coulter

About the Author:

Dr. Laura Schlessinger, a licensed marriage and family therapist, is one of the most popular talk-show hosts in radio history and the only woman to win the prestigious Marconi Award for syndicated radio. She is the author of twelve New York Times bestsellers, writes a daily blog, and is a regular Newsmax columnist. She is heard daily on Sirius/XM Channel 155 live, and her program is streamed and podcast on www.drlaura.com. Dr. Schlessinger has her own YouTube Channel (YouTube.com/drlaura). She is also the skipper and driver of a racing sailboat program that won the 2010 international race from Newport Beach to Cabo San Lucas. She and her husband live in Southern California.



Daniel McFeeley is the illustrator of Why Do You Love Me? and But I Waaannt It! He has worked in film, television, and theater as a visual effects artist and designer. Mr. McFeeley lives in Van Nuys, California.

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