Your Kids Are Your Own Fault!

“They say it’s impossible to stop now, Evelyn Torres, 48, of the Bronx, said of her son’s use of antipsychotics since he received a diagnosis of bipolar disorder at age 3.  Seven years later, the boy is now also afflicted with weight and heart problems. But Ms.  Torres credits Medicaid for making the boy’s mental and physical conditions manageable. “They’re helping with everything,” she said.”

The above is an excerpt from the December 13th PI Window on Business blog post, which references a New York Times article in which statistics show that poor children are more likely to get anti psychotic medication than those whose parents have private coverage.

Regardless of social status, economic conditions or health plane, the idea of prescribing powerful anti psychotic medication to children between the ages of 3 and 16 is hard to conceive. (It is worth noting that anti psychotic prescriptions represent the “single biggest drug expenditure for Medicaid, costing the program $7.9 billion in 2006, the most recent year for which the data is available.”)

However, and based on Larry Winget’s new book, “Your Kids Are Your Own Fault,” the state of childhood in today’s society extends beyond the Medicaid controversy to include some other interesting statistics; 16% of all children are overweight, 5 million children are on Ritalin and only 70% of children graduate from high school.

If, as the Whitney Houston song proclaims, “children are our future,” the above revelations would seem to indicate that we as a society are in big trouble.

In what promises to be one of the most probing and thought-provoking self-examinations of our effectiveness as parents, guest host Jim Bouchard is joined by Larry Winget on Friday, January 15th, 2010 (12:30 to 1:30 PM EST), to examine the role we have and should play in terms of equipping our children with the necessary tools to both survive and thrive as productive adults.

Larry Winget

About Larry:

Larry Winget is a four-time New York Times/Wall Street Journal bestselling author. He is a member of the International Speaker Hall Of Fame. He has starred in his own television series and appeared in national television commercials. Larry is a regular contributor on many news shows on the topics of money, personal success and business.

Some of Larry’s appearances are:

  • Star of A&E’s Big Spender
  • Featured in two episodes of CNBC’s The Millionaire Inside
  • Star of his own PBS special
  • A frequent business contributor on MSNBC
  • A regular on FOX News and FOX Business
  • Has also appeared on The Today Show, Larry King, and The Big idea with Donny Deutsch.
  • Featured in 3 National Hyundai Commercials

Larry’s Book:

Straight-talking, bestselling Pitbull of Parenting Larry Winget says “This is not a fix your kid book. It’s a fix the way you parent book. You owe it to your kids to parent with a plan!”

Being a parent is the toughest job in the world, especially with the increasing number of negative influences and pitfalls facing our kids today, from childhood obesity and out-of-control celebrity culture to the dangers of the internet and credit card debt. Larry Winget has never been one to shy away from tough truths, and what he says here may well be difficult for some parents to swallow: we are in the midst of a crisis with our kids. Kids today are over-indulged, over-entertained, under-achieving, and under-disciplined, with a sense of entitlement that is crippling society. And the real problem is that parents aren’t paying attention to what’s going on. If they were they would realize that most kids today barely read and write, except with their thumbs on their cell phones!

Well-behaved, respectful kids are the exception, not the rule, and for the most part, parents are to blame. Responsible parenting is about beginning with the end in mind and parenting with a plan. But most parents have never stopped to consider what kind of adult they want to raise. They have all this fun creating a baby, but they don’t have a plan for the end product.

Larry’s message to parents: Teach your kids to become the best adults they can be. But don’t expect your kids to improve until you improve. Your Kids Are Your Own Fault covers familiar lessons and principles that have led Larry’s readers to greater success with money, career, and goal setting, this time at a level where they can be taught to children. This book shows parents how to design the adult they want their kid to become and work backwards to make sure it happens. Kids don’t come with an instruction manual, but finally being a parent does!

About Jim Bouchard (Guest Host):

Jim Bouchard Sensei

Sensei Jim Bouchard

Previous Show Appearance Info:

Jim Bouchard was a guest on our June 16th, 2009 show “Think Like a Black Belt: Building Power in your Personal and Professional Life.”

Personal Bio:

I first started to promote Dynamic Components of Personal Power in 2006. When asked what I do I usually responded with a short “elevator speech” about personal power and talked about how I could help people unlock their fullest potential to develop greater happiness and productivity in business and personal life blah, blah, blah, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.

The usual reply was, “Ya, but aren’t you the karate guy?”

Sometimes we gain victory by avoiding the fight! So, OK, I’m the “Karate Guy.” The fact is that most of what I’m teaching to people in business and in the general public comes from what I’ve learned in my life as a martial artist. I translated these “Components” for building power for personal & professional life so everyone could learn how to “Think Like a Black Belt” whether you’re a martial artist or not.

This is Jim’s second turn as a guest host on the PI Window on Business.  His first appearance was as host of the highly popular segment “The Lord’s of Discipline: A Journey of Self Discovery and Shared Experience” which originally aired on December 4th, 2009.

Remember to use the On-Demand Player below to access the live broadcast on January 15th between 12:30 and 1:30 PM EST.

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