Monday, December 28, 2015

Great parenting book--from someone who hates parenting books

Five stars for this one. I realize this isn't a discussion on literature. But still, this book changed my life--and continues to do so. It's called Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting by Noel Janis-Norton and it delivers just that. 

I started passively using these techniques (the 5 core parenting strategies) as I read the book and immediately they started producing positive results. My husband has agreed to go through the book with me chapter by chapter and really tackle each strategy one at a time. We plan to make them part of our parenting practices because they just make sense and they are so respectful to both children and parents. And they can be practiced with any child, even those with more difficult temperaments. 

The first half of the book talks about the 5 core strategies and the second half discusses more specifics about rewards & consequences, screen time, sibling rivalry, etc. I find both sections to be very helpful, but the first half is ESSENTIAL. For me anyway. 

I read in some reviews that the book got repetitive and I agree. But frankly, I needed that. It really drove each point home and discussed HOW to put these into practice. 

God often puts books in my hands when I need them, and He knew I needed this. The relationship with my seven-year-old was heading in a direction I didn't want it to go. He is my buddy and we are kindred spirits in so many ways, but with his more difficult and inflexible temperament, there were times when I was simply out of ideas for how to get him to do even the basics without him (and, er, me) throwing fits. This book is helping that.  

I actually thought of buying this book for some of my closest friends not even caring if they might be offended. (Instead I'll just give the review.) Yes, it's that good.

Thank you, Ms. Janis-Norton.