Act I, Scene One: How to Buy My Book for Someone Else Without Looking Judgemental

After that last post about my upcoming book, I received four emails from readers telling me that they think the book would be really helpful for their sister/friend/daughter-in-law, but they don’t know how to say, “Hey, your kiddo is really naughty…maybe you should read this.”

Yeah, that could be sort of awkward. I mean, you might sound all judge-y, especially if you’re a mother-in-law.

In fact, if you’re a mother-in-law, you may just want to keep your wallet in your purse and stay off the website. There’s no way to make this look pretty.

But for the rest of you, I have a suggestion for you. If I were technologically savvy and not so lazy, I’d act out the following scene for you, complete with tea and an English accent. Because everything sounds like a good idea when it’s said in an English accent.

You: Hey, you know that blogger I’ve told you about? Tara from Do These Kids Make Me Look Crazy?

Her: Um, no. You’ve never mentioned her. I have no idea who you’re talking about.

You: Well, we’re practically BFFs. And she wrote a book.

Her: That’s nice.

You: I know. It’s a parenting book about improving behavior in kids between the ages of 2-10. She’s a school psychologist and parent coach in real life. She seems really smart.

Her: Uh-huh.

You: So I’m going to buy her book and I’m going to get you a copy too. If I pre-order it before September 15, it’s less than $13.00 on Amazon.

(Alternate line if you don’t have kids: So I’m going to buy her book for you.)

Her: Why?

You: Because I really want to support her. She writes a lot about her kids and her divorce and I think it’s really important for women to support women. Besides, maybe they’ll be something useful about parenting in there.

Her: Um, okay.

You: And if you don’t like the book, you can just pass it on to someone who might find it helpful.

Her: Okay, um, thanks?

And then you can steal her credit card out of her purse and buy three copies to put in each of her bathrooms and maybe another one for her to read in the car-rider line.

Er, um, whatever. Just an idea.

Carry on.


  1. Anne says:

    I didn’t even have to act this out. I just told my sister that she needed this book for her youngest. It went like this: “Sis, I love you, but you need to by this book she will help you get number 2′s tantrums under control. She’s a psychologist and pretty legit.” and book was purchased.

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