Top positive review
It actually does help
Reviewed in the United States on April 22, 2018
It actually does help to read a parenting book. My child is four, and I’ve read five parenting books over the past six months to try to find out what I can do different to correct the behavior that got him kicked out of pre-school. I was actually starting to get discouraged about children’s books in general, because while they did offer one or two things that were helpful for me to try, they still didn’t seem worth their while.
But this book is really different. The first thing I liked about this book is that it’s written by a guy who actually knows kids, and by that I mean every single type of kid. He was the first one to “hit the nail on the head” so to speak, because he literally has seen it all.
Secondly, he doesn’t make you feel bad about yourself or your kid. That may be a weird thing to point out, but I’ve read parenting books that took me weeks to get through because they either made me feel bad, or made me feel like something was wrong with me kid (and that I should feel sorry for him.) But this book doesn’t do that.
Thirdly, the author is straight to the point. He does give scenarios of what happened with children he knows, but he doesn’t go into so much detail that you can’t figure out what he’s saying quickly. It feels like some authors only have a few good things to say so they harp on those few things several times or they stretch it out so that their book can be called a “book”. But this book was very concise and straight to the point. I never felt like I was wasting my time reading this book, because every time I sat down to read more than fifteen minutes of it, I learned at least two very helpful things to try with my child to improve his behavior.
And fourth, this book actually works. It really does teach you to be “that parent” that is so good with kids that even other people’s kids will be drawn to you at places like the zoo or the park. And after you’ve tried these methods for a short time, it will seem that this “parent greatness” that you have just comes to you naturally. I think it’s because somewhere inside of us we have an instinct of how we should be teaching our kids but we get so caught up on what TV says we should do, what we see our friends with kids do, or what our parents did to us, that we find ourselves forgetting or ignoring the most natural way to parent. And this book brings it back out again.
I know I said a lot just to say this: I recommend this book to parents of every child type and of any age.