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Most moms really don't have the time to digest a lengthy book full of theory. Positive Parenting in Action is a concise 69 pages, 54 of which are devoted to real-life scenarios. But those pages are packed with the essentials: an understanding of brain development and likely motivations behind the behavior, as well as a thorough, eminently practical approach to what you can do about it.
What this book is NOT:
- Fear-based. You aren't going to be threatened with all the possible dire consequences to your child if you don't get it perfect.
- Permissive. It doesn't just tell you to sit back and relax as your child does something dangerous or inappropriate. It doesn't treat a child's misguided attempts to meet her needs with a pat on the head or syrupy excuses that it is just developmentally appropriate.
- Punitive. It doesn't set up parents as conquerors of their enemy offspring. It doesn't encourage physical OR emotional forms of punishment.
- Practical. These are real life situations written by real life moms. Instead of vague generalizations, you get specific examples of 42 different scenarios of 15 behavior areas--everything from safety issues, tantrums, chores and more.
- Respectful. It respects both parent and child.
- Varied. It doesn't prescribe a one-size-fits-all approach. It makes allowance for individual needs and temperaments.
On a final, personal note, I have followed these authors for some time and I really believe in what they are doing. As a follower of Christ, it comforts my heart to have sisters who understand His teachings about grace, redemption, authority and love. I was honored to have one of the authors share a guest post on the power of speaking Biblical blessings over our children. Although this book is for anyone and does not push a religious agenda in any way, it beautifully reflects Jesus' heart for families.
Disclosure policy: I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. My opinions are honestly shared here, and are not a paid endorsement.