Thursday, February 9, 2017

Here, Read This

Finally, a parenting book that doesn't put me to sleep.  

I'm not big on reading parenting books.  This is primarily because at the end of a long, exhausting day with my kids the last thing I want to do is read about children, but it's also because I figure my kids are going to end up in therapy no matter what, so I may as well save my time and energy for more important things, such as binge watching The Crown.

Lately, however, I've been really struggling with parenting a four year old and a two-and-a-half year old.  The tantrums - oh, the tantrums - are really something else, and since Cedars Sinai doesn't seem to have a return policy for the children birthed there, I figured I needed some guidance.  A friend loaned me a copy of the book Permission to Parent and I'm so glad that she did.  If you have kids who are at the age where they're becoming more independent and, as a result, are pushing boundaries, this book is for you.  It's an easy read, which is so important when you can barely keep your eyes open after 7PM, and full of really good, practical advice for how to assert your parental authority in a firm, but gentle way.

If you're committed to raising a confident, well-adjusted child, this book is a must read.

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