Friday, May 14, 2010
Kids Are Worth It: Book Review & Giveaway
About The Book:
Featuring a new Introduction by bestselling author Barbara Coloroso, this parenting classic is set to teach a new generation of parents the importance of treating kids with dignity and respect. Rejecting the “quick fix” solutions of punishment and reward, Barbara uses everyday family situations—from sibling rivalry to teenage rebellion—to demonstrate sound strategies for giving children the inner discipline and self-confidence that will help them become responsible, resourceful, resilient, and compassionate adults.
About The Author:
Barbara Coloroso is an internationally recognized speaker and author in the areas of parenting, teaching, school discipline, nonviolent conflict resolution, reconciliatory justice, and grieving. Her bestselling books include kids are worth it! , Parenting through Crisis, and The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander
Barbara Coloroso is one of my favorite authors. I have had the pleasure of seeing her speak at an Early Childhood Education conference a number of years ago and I use many of her discipline techniques with my own children. This book should be one that all parents read. In it you will learn the difference between discipline and punishment and get some awesome discipline techniques that really work!
Through Coloroso's work I have learned the following about discipline (these are the premise for her book, Kids Are Worth It):
1. Kids are worth it
2. I will not treat a child in a way I myself would not want to be treated
3. If it works, and leaves my child's and my own dignity in place, then do it.
She also goes into great detail about six life messages we must give our children, by modeling them to our children:
1. I Believe In You
2. I Trust In You
3. I Know You can handle this
4. You are listened to
5.You are cared for
6. You are very important to me.
This book is full of advice and illustrations to help you build a strong and healthy parent-child relationship, regardless of how old your child is. One piece of advice Coloroso gave that I love (and do) is to give yourself a half hour each day to model to your children that you like you! Take some time for yourself, says Coloroso, because you are worth it, and you can't teach your child that if you don't believe it yourself!!! Awesome!!!
If we take the time to teach these lessons from Coloroso to our children, we are guaranteed that our children will be able to handle any situation that comes at them. We as parents are not perfect, but Coloroso gives some great advice to help us be the best we, and our children, can be!
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase this book online, directly through Penquin Book Group. It is also available through your favorite local bookseller.
WIN IT: Three (3) readers will win a copy of Kids Are Worth It by Barbara Coloroso
TO ENTER: Tell me one discipline technique that works for you
GIVEAWAY OPEN TO CANADA AND US RESIDENTS ONLY
GIVEAWAY ENDS JUNE 1, 2010
***Thank you to Penguin Books Canada for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review on this blog***