By now you know that I’m a fan of simplicity. I know I probably drive some of you nuts with my constant plea for parents to dial things down. Let the children play, I whisper (maybe whisper-yell?) over and over again. Try to avoid overscheduling. Drop a few activities. Focus on sleep, healthy eating, and…PLAY.
But I know that parenting is challenging at times. Each age brings new challenges, which can be frustrating for parents. Just when you think you have it all figured out, something new happens. Sometimes that something new is a thing of beauty, but sometimes that something new makes you want to rip every last hair out of your head at 10pm. This is parenting – pure elation followed by other less happy words.
We all need help at some point along this parenting journey. Sometimes that help comes in the form of a grandparent with good advice and a willingness to give us a few hours to regroup, but sometimes that help comes in the form of a book that really truly has something to offer.
Simple solutions are the name of the game here at Practical Parenting, and my friend Deborah Gilboa (or Dr. G, as you might know her) is here to help.
In her new book, “Get the Behavior You Want…Without Being the Parent You Hate!”, Dr. G tackles all kinds of parenting conundrums – from “manners that matter” to relationship (gulp) management. Seriously, she thought of everything.
Why you need this book:
I know I don’t recommend a ton of books here. It’s easy to get lost in the words but come out wondering how to put those words into action – that can be defeating for parents.
This book is different. This book offers concrete advice and easy to implement strategies. You can flip through and read about your most pressing issues now, and return to the rest later.
Dr. G can help you in the moment – and you won’t feel overwhelmed by the content. That’s the kind of parenting book that actually helps.
What I love about this book:
Ages and stages: Dr. G presents the information in easy to understand language and breaks down strategies by age. The book grows with your child – got a toddler on your hands? Start with the toddler advice in each section and revisit for different ages as your child grows.
The three R’s: With a heavy focus on respect, responsibility, and resilience, Dr. G cuts to the core of many issues parents face. We all want to raise respectful kids with a strong sense of community, right? We all want them to become resilient and responsible as they grow. Dr. G gets it – she has kids of her own and she isn’t afraid to share her stories. Her advice is solid, and will help you help your child.
Ask Dr. G: Dr. G includes many questions from parents who read her work and write to her for advice. It helps when advice feels relatable. When we see that others face very similar struggles, it normalizes some of those frustrating parenting moments. We’re all in this together, and Dr. G is here to help along the way.
Go ahead and buy your copy of the book here.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book for this review.Pin It