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"Break Free of Parenting Pressures"
This book is written to help parents raise their children in a less stressful atmosphere. Debbie Pokornik gives simple and practical insights to create a more positive attitude in ourselves as well as our children. And she does it in her wonderful book "Break Free of Parenting Pressures".
Some of the issues the author deals with are: What are we really up against; Finding our way; The Tween adjustment; Creating a balanced family; Bath time trials; Clothing concerns; Strategies that build, and Where does all of our time go? And she goes into details with these and many more issues throughout the book to help parents in their important role of raising their children. She also talks about up-to-date things that parents are up against such as the technology our kids learn at an early age. That is an awesome chapter because our kids know more than we do about technology.
The author helps the reader to realize what their job is as a parent, and she lists many. But in one of her ‘Free Tips’ boxes she sums our job as parents up beautifully when she says: “Our most important task as parents is to ensure our kids feel loved, accepted, appreciated, and understood. If we focus on their social and emotional needs by working on our own gaps, we will both (all) flourish”.
The exercises at the end of the chapters is an excellent idea, giving the parent a chance to re-think what they read. And just being able to write down your thoughts and feelings helps you to remember what you’ve read. This would be my main reason for purchasing the book because workbooks are so effective.
Another really neat thing in the book is the Free Parent Tip Boxes where Debbie gives some pretty awesome tips that will be valuable on your journey as a parent. The layout of this book is great, easy to read and easy to find something fast if you need to. The fonts used are pleasing to the eyes, making reading much easier.
If you have children at home, I strongly encourage you to grab a copy of this book. And if you find one simple tip that will help calm a stressful situation in the lives of you and your child it will be worth it. Give this book a try. You can’t go wrong; it could give you a closer relationship with your children.