Raising Amazing Children (…While Having a Life of Your Own) is an E-book which title really caught my attention. I’m always on the look out for books which can help me become a better parent and this book really does have lots of handy tips and examples. Parenting is never easy and it has been a learn on the go experience for me for the past 9 years. Each child has his own unique traits and personality and there is no cookie cutter solution to solve all obstacles which are thrown at me on a daily basis. Having children doesn’t mean that it spells the end to your own lifestyle and that you have to put everything on hold till the kids are grown. There are ways to involve the kids and still have a great life while doing so.
Deborah Drezon Carroll mentions and I quote
”Kids must learn early in life that you mean what you say and that your words are consistent.
Rules must be accompanied with consequences and the consequences must be consistent.”
I find this really true and have been striving to do the following with my own kids. I believe in training them from young so that they will be equipped with the right tools and mindset to deal with any obstacles which they may face in life. In her 5 chapter book Deborah mentioned how you can involve your kids in your daily routine from working around the house to outings with them.
She gives very practical tips on how one can use daily activities like doing the laundry of washing dishes to teach their child about the concepts on measuring, sorting, reading of labels and following through on instructions. I’m already incorporating some of these tips of her with my 18 month old girl by teaching her about the various colours while we do the laundry together.
Deborah is all for positive teaching and preaches these 10 things which parents should keep in mind while interacting with the kids.
Her 10 tips
- Be positive.
- Read in front of your child.
- Exhibit self-discipline and responsibility.
- Talk to your child.
- Invite your child into your life, even to the most mundane activities.
- Be a lifelong learner and encourage your child to be one too.
- Ask questions.
- Visit your child’s school at least once each year beyond the parent-teacher conference time.
- Value education.
- Laugh together.
If we are able to do all of the above we will be creating a conducive learning environment for our children and be able to build up their positive self esteem.
I found this book very insightful and will be implementing the tips that I have found in the book which I have yet to try out with the kids.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review purposes.Opinions are 100% my own.