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Author: Valerie Graham, Rose Rock Narrator: Rose Rock Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2008 ISBN: 9780061632631
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"To be a parent is and should be a calling. There is absolutely nothing as great, challenging, or rewarding as raising a child." So says Über-mom Rose Rock, who has raised 10 children in addition to caring for 17 foster children in her 40-plus years as a mother.

As a mother who does not shy away from the hard conversations, Rose isn't afraid to present strong ideas about boundaries, discipline, choices, and consequences—and she tells it like it is. In Mama Rock's Rules, Rose shares the funny and highly practical lessons she learned both as a parent and an educator, while offering strategies for teaching a child to be self-reliant in this world.

Written with a kicky blend of maternal spirituality and a "don't mess with me or you won't get old" sense of authority, the book spotlights 10 vital rules, each tackling a specific parenting issue. From "I Am Your Mama, Not Your Friend," which helps parents regain their authority and establish respectful relationships with their children, to "Don't Lie Down with Anything You Don't Want to Live with Forever," which takes a different approach to the often tricky conversation about sex, each topic is lovingly explained and bolstered by stories from Rose Rock's own childhood and parenting experiences. We will also hear from her own kids, as they share memories and anecdotes about what it was like to grow up in the Rock household.

Rose's heartfelt and no-nonsense advice—delivered with a dose of wit and homespun humor—will resonate with thousands of parents and will inspire them to teach their kids right, whether their brood is one child or ten.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Entertaining and instructive.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Much more than Chris Rock's mom, first-time author and radio show host (The Mom Show) Rock has been a special needs school teacher, a preschool administrator, a mother of ten and a foster mother of seventeen…A smart, relatable, and empowering approach to parenting that's been proven effective many times over.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Rose offers advice that is clear and no-nonsense. She believes, for example, that children look to parents not to be friends, but to be models for ‘doing right.’ Her narration is full of personal anecdotes, and her clarity and advice are well worth a listen for any parent.”


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About the Narrator

Rose Rock, mother to ten children and seventeen foster children, is an educator specializing in preschool and special education. For seventeen years she taught and operated preschool and day care centers in New York City and South Carolina. A sought-after speaker, she founded Rock This 619, a nonprofit youth empowerment organization. She is also the host of the weekly Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, radio program The Mom Show.