Book Review

Books that we have read and reviewed

The 1st Family Feeling Guide

1st Family Feeling Guide

1st Family Feeling Guide


The 1st Family Feeling Guide by Maree Watkins is a book unlike the normal books that I have read. It goes through the  different emotions  that a child may experience like – Anger and disappointment and gives suggestions on how he can cope with his feelings.

There are many different feelings that one goes through on a daily basis. These feelings can be very overwhelming for an adult what more for a young child!!

To let the parent/ adult have a better understanding of how they can assist the child in dealing with the emotions they are facing.

The different types of feelings  which one may experience are categorized from A to Z . Starting with Anger and ending with Zero Tolerance.

For each feeling there is a story which depicts one or more members of the freaky family  in a scenario highlights the given emotion and what they do to resolve the problems they face.

The story is read aloud to the child and questions are  asked to create a dialogue with the child to express his feelings.  The child has to learn how to express himself so that he will not suffer from repressed feelings which may lead him to feel hopeless and even in the worst case scenario lead to manic depression.



My thoughts

This guide by Watkins shows the reader the importance of teaching the child how to internalize and understand the various different feelings that he may experience.  It teaches the child how to think through logically and approach the problem that he has on hand.

By using the members of freaky family Watkins makes it easier  the child reading the book with the parents to relate to the emotions associated with the  characters inside the book.

It also give the parent the chance to show the child how to deal with each feeling properly by teaching them the coping skills.

Do pick up a copy of the 1st Family Feelings guide  to read more about how to deal with the different types of feelings.


Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review. All opinions are 100% mine.

1-2-3 Magic Teen- Book Review

1-2-3 Magic Teen

1-2-3 Magic Teen

Dealing with a teenager is much different from toddlers or pre-schoolers. It is a whole new ballgame.

In  1-2-3 Magic Teens-Communicate , Connect and Guide your Teenager to Adulthood the author touches on how the average parent can give the best guidance to their maturing child.

Parenting a Teenager is a whole new ball game as compared to a younger kid. They are at a stage where they are discovering themselves and are very vulnerable to the different emotions which they may face.

In the book  Phelan  explains  about Straight Thinking in Part 1. In the first five chapters he brings one through the teenager’s mind. There are many dangers that the teenager face today which were non-existent in the past.

As a child grows up there are many different things which they face.  They are learning more about themselves and may face  many different frustrations as they develop their own identity.

At this stage in time it is time to change your job description as a parent from a director to a consultant.

The goal now is to give them the skills to develop their independence and so they be able to cope with all the tribulations in life.

In the other five parts he shows how one can deal with their teenager by changing their mindset together with yours.

There is need to set a scale for the punishment for different types of offences. It is a thin line between what is acceptable and unacceptable in a teenagers line. They can be very set with their thinking

My thoughts

It is a really new experience for me dealing with a tween. The dynamics between parent and child has changed quite a fair bit. It has been a rather trying experience for me figuring Monkey boy out.

Phelan’s book gave me a clearer perceptive on what to expect throughout the teenage years with the main objections/ problems that most parents may face.

It was a really refreshing book and certainly worth looking at if you too have kids who are approaching their teens.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own.