What About Me?

12 Ways to Get Your Parents' Attention Without Hitting Your Sister

Children - Non-Fiction
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 01/09/2012
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Author Biography

Eileen Kennedy-Moore, PhD, is psychologist with a private practice in Princeton, NJ (lic. #4254), where she sees adults, children, and families. She is co-author of two book for parents, Smart Parenting for Smart Kids: Nurturing Your Child’s True Potential (Jossey-Bass/Wiley) and The Unwritten Rules of Friendship: Simple Strategies to Help Your Child Make Friends (Little, Brown). She’s also the author of an award-winning children's book, What About Me? 12 Ways to Get Your Parents' Attention Without Hitting Your Sister (Parenting Press).

A sought-after expert on parenting and children's social and emotional development, Dr. Kennedy-Moore has been a featured guest on many nationally syndicated radio shows, and she has been quoted in dozens of magazines and newspapers, including Parents, Parenting, Family Circle, and The Chicago Tribune. She frequently speaks at schools and conferences. Dr. Kennedy-Moore and her husband have 4 children. http://www.EileenKennedyMoore.com

Mits Katayama (illustrator) has had a decades-long career in art and design as an artist and a teacher. Mr. Katayama's own fresh sense of fun and his youthful spirit are reflected in the warm and whimsical illustrations for What About Me?

    Book Review

Reviewed by Laurie Gray for Readers' Favorite

"What About Me? 12 Ways to Get Your Parents’ Attention (Without Hitting Your Sister)" by Eileen Kennedy-Moore recognizes the need of children to interact with their parents following the birth of a younger sibling. Written in easy-to-read-aloud verse, "What About Me?" offers concrete things kids can do to solicit positive attention from their parents and encourages parents to reinforce those behaviors with a smile, a hug and loving words of acknowledgment. The author recommends that parents read this book to their children aged three through eight several times and then leave it in some place where children can pick it up and look at it again on their own. Mits Katayama’s illustrations rendered in black ink and watercolor depict each of the 12 attention-getters clearly for children unable to read.

The book is designed to help children cope with jealousy and express feeling ignored in peaceful ways. Suggestions include, “Offer to share—even give Sister half. Make silly faces so Baby will laugh.” The text doesn’t rise to the level of poetry, but Dr. Kennedy-Moore does effectively communicate her practical strategies as a clinical psychologist and her affirming approach to both children and parents through the book itself and a “Note to Parents” at the end. Her methods encourage family connection and offer children choices rather than rules. At the same time, parents must notice and reinforce their child’s attempts to gain positive attention. With less than 300 words, this is a book parents and children will love to read together again and again.