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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (304 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Eyre Narrator: Sandra Burr Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2012 ISBN:
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Number-one New York Times - bestselling authors Richard and Linda Eyre have spent the last twenty-five years helping parents nurture strong, healthy families. Now they've synthesized their vast experience into an essential blueprint for instilling children with a sense of ownership, responsibility, and self-sufficiency.

At the heart of their plan is a Family Economy, complete with a family bank, checkbooks for the kids, and a system of initiative-building responsibilities that teaches children to earn money for the things they want. The motivation carries over to ownership of their own decisions, goals, and grades in school. The Eyres' guiding principles set a pattern for helping kids to proactively pursue their potential and internalize values that will stay with them forever.

With The Entitlement Trap in hand, parents can:

  • Teach children how to work for what they want
  • Spur enthusiasm about responsibility in unmotivated children
  • Cultivate values of discipline, integrity, and self-reliance in their families
  • Foster smart, economically savvy children

Anecdotal, time-tested, and gently humorous, The Entitlement Trap has been called the thinking parent's answer to the Tiger Mother. It challenges some of the sacred cows of parenting and replaces them with solid principles and practices.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Murdoch | 2/16/2014

    " I really enjoy all of the Eyre's books, but they all seem to read the same with the same information. Most of the examples they used in the book were from other of their books that I've read. I wanted new examples and ideas from them. I totally agree with them that the current generation of kids seem to be more entitled than ever before. I think even my generation feels that they are entitled to more with less work. Just look at the nation's debt and obesity rates, for example, it screams entitlement. And those things have nothing to do with the children! It's so necessary to teach children at a young age how to avoid some of the pitfalls that are entrapping many in today's society. I liked their ideas (even if I'd read them all before); I just wanted more. This book is a good jumping off point for more discussion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcie | 2/11/2014

    " This has become one of a handful of parenting books that I feel truly stand the test of time and provide great insights and principles for parents. I have read a few other works by the Eyre's and really feel like this one captures all of their greatest techniques and teaching all in one book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maryann | 2/8/2014

    " I liked the first half of the book, but the second half was pretty much just a plug for their other books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carlaintexas | 2/7/2014

    " I thought that there were a lot of really good ideas in this book that I would like to incoorporate into our family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hilary Roberts | 2/1/2014

    " This book is full of great ideas! I want to implement all of them right now but have to slow down and do one thing at a time. The premise of the book is that entitlement goes away when children feel ownership, so the authors give lots of ideas for helping children gain ownership of their money (earn money through a family economy instead of just giving allowance), their grades, their relationships, and much more. I am giving this book four stars right now but intend to upgrade to five stars if I see positive changes in our family from applying the principles and ideas from the book. Definitely recommend that every parent read this book! (P.S. It is geared toward children who are about 8 years old and older, although a little younger would be okay.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Packer | 1/24/2014

    " I thought this book was amazing and I don't even have kids. I think that this is a good book for any parent to read or those wanting to start a family. Amazing concepts and easy was to put things into action. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenna King | 1/11/2014

    " I have to admit that this book wasn't what I thought it would be. The beginning was really good, but as I got into it, much of it was very dry and quite repetitive. I do like the theories and the ideas on the family system and was raised in such a family, which is probably why I already do much of what they discussed. I think this book, hand-in-hand with "The Parenting Breakthrough" by Merrilee Boyack, are good resources to have on teaching kids to work and to be independent and responsible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renee | 12/28/2013

    " Every parent should read this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tanya | 12/28/2013

    " This book came highly recommended and I approached it with an open, teachable attitude. During the first section I found myself nodding my head in agreement, ready to incorporate all the Eyres' suggestions into my family life. But as the book went on and details of "the family economy" piled up, I found so many things that wouldn't work in our home. For one thing, my kids are too old to start such an all-encompassing program; they wouldn't respond well to overturning the way we do absolutely everything. Other things I found myself flat-out disagreeing with. For instance, as part of the "family economy" the authors advocate paying kids to do their music practicing. I worry that they would then develop an expectation of being paid, and would feel like it was no longer worth it to practice when they were off at college with no one to hand out cash for playing. And yet the Eyres are dead-set against paying students for A's on their report card, which to me is more reflective of the natural world -- excelling in your job often will earn you bonuses and raises. I did love their suggestion of taking the kids on a humanitarian service trip to a third world country. The Entitlement Trap did force me to think a lot about how I am raising my children. They definitely have a lot of material advantages, and I do worry about spoiling them. Though we don't make them buy their own clothes (I'm just not willing to do this, because dressing them stylishly is something I love to do!), we do have a system where they earn money for keeping up their "zones" of the home, fixing dinners for the family, etc. And I feel that all three girls are quite good at taking ownership of their own grades, choices, and bodies, which the second half of the book focuses on. Honestly, the financial side of things is the only part that is a concern for me. But not a big enough concern to take the drastic step of implementing the Eyres' complex plan as presented in this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 12/17/2013

    " This book has good ideas that we are definitely going to implement. I am not a big fan of the Eyre's writing style (super cheesy) but they do have good ideas. It was also repetetive and went off on tangents. But most of the ideas were good and very valuable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tawni | 11/13/2013

    " Good book. Same principles as every other book by them and I personally like "The Parenting Breakthough" but another a TON better. Nice to be reminded but better books than this one I think. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 9/15/2013

    " One of the best parenting books I've read. This book has the solution for rampant entitlement - ownership! The Eyre's have targeted these parenting ideas towards the oft forgotten middle age children (ages 8 through 14). Their advice makes sense!! Glad I read it and will be a supportive grandparent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tawnee | 4/1/2013

    " This is my favorite parenting book for kids age 8 and up. I just love the Eyre's and am motivated again to get my kids in line. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 3/20/2013

    " I would say this is 3.5 stars-- because I did really like it. I agree with the Eyre's & loved a lot of their ideas. I haven't read any of their books before, so I wasn't bothered by repetition. I want to apply a version of this in our family, but we need to figure out how to make it work for us. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 1/31/2013

    " Very good book for any parent. I am looking forward to implementing many of the ideas offered in this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emilyn Umbrell | 1/28/2013

    " This book is a great parenting guide for the elementary age child. Love the ideas on how to give kids ownership and teach responsibility. We are currently incorporating the family economy program into our parenting. The results have been well worth the effort! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 12/22/2012

    " This has a lot of good information, it just was NOT an engaging book. I finally ran out of renewals at the library and never got around to finishing it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsay Young | 11/8/2012

    " Possibly the very best parenting book I have ever read. Covers so many different aspects of making a family truly bonded and working as one, teaching about money, a family economy, family time, you name it. Now if I can just put it into practice... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karina | 6/8/2012

    " Great book. I really liked most of the ideas they had in this book, we will probably be implementing most of them. Oh what a different world this would be if more people taught their kids these things... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 4/3/2012

    " Great info. Gotta start applying a little bit at a time. The trick will be trying to find the best way to apply it to my family and what ages to include. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsay | 3/12/2012

    " Amazing! So much practical advice and application! I felt so empowered after reading this! A must read for allllll parents. "

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About the Narrator

Sandra Burr is an AudioFile Earphones Award–wining narrator. She has read more than one hundred books in her career, including the New York Times bestselling Cedar Cove romance series by Debbie Macomber.