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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.

Weekend Reflections- Almost a year in retrospect


Welcome to Weekend Reflections a regular feature here on Dominique’s Desk. Join us this week for Weekend Reflections. I would really like to hear your view on this weekend’s topic. Do add your link to our Linky and leave me a comment for extra linky love. You can grab out button from the sidebar.

The year 2009 is drawing to a close and I’m starting to get lyrical as I reflect back on all the ups and down of the year.
There has been quite a lot of changes in the home front. Some for the better while others still need quite a bit of improvement on. I have embarked on many new projects and do have projects on the to-do-list for 2010.

I started out the year  focusing on my online ventures. They took a backseat when I returned to work full time. With the current bad economy it has been quite difficult for start up ventures to really kick-off.

As the year progressed I had my goals re-aligned as I realised that it is really not worth it to invest so much time on my online business. Even though a lot of time and effort is needed for a start up but more time is needed to properly groom a child and building up a family.

Having personally seen and experience disfunctional families and the lifelong effects it has on the children, I seriously didn’t want that to happen to my own family.

You only have so many hours  a day that you can spend with the family and it would be selfish of me to spend so many hours on personal interests at the expense of the family and kids.

Even though earning money is important to sustain a family it shouldn’t be the main focus. Many parents are often too occupied in chasing the ever exclusive $$ that they neglect the fact that it is essential to spend quality and quantity time to nuture a child.

If you are blessed , your child would turn out “right” with the minimal intervention.  However, if your child ends up being on the extreme end of the scale and gets into trouble with the law it would be too late to regret not taking an active part in his life.

Like a long-term  financial investment , one does not know if the effort that you are currently putting in now will reap any fruit. However if you DO NOT put in your investment now you will forever have the window of opportunity to nuture  your child into a well mannered and functional adult.

What has your philosophy been for the year?

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