- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: Skipjack Publishing (1 May 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0988234831
- ISBN-13: 978-0988234833
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.6 x 20.3 cm
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It was refreshing to read a book that was entertaining while it offered many opportunities for introspection and thought about my own child-rearing methods. Although there are many differences in my family to that of the author's, the underlying values and principles that she uses to parent by are the same pillars that are used in my own (sometimes more successfully than others). I especially like the emphasis on honesty, truthfulness, accountability, and support - all of which are woven in to all the principles outlined and the stories that are told.
One particularly insightful part of the book was when the author realizes that she has embraced the role of "nurturer" of her family and the realization that this is not a submissive role, but rather one that requires strength to be able to champion and support all those around her. Loved this insight!
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone raising kids!
First off, I must say hats off to the author. Seriously. This book was so funny, it had me literally laughing out loud which didn't work so well for me when I was trying to read quietly on my lunch hour at work. But I digress.
This book teaches several principles for a family type that is increasingly common, blended families (You know those families where mom and dad get married and each parent brings in their own kids). With the increased number of divorces the blended family poses challenges all over the place. How to deal with the ex, the new step dad, the new step kids etc etc. Pamela Hutchins uses her own hilarious experiences to teach 34 key principles on child rearing in these circumstances. Each Principle touches on very important areas of parenting on a whole. The book is fun, witty, truthful and above all very informative. The principles are things we all know or seem to forget, so the book is a timely reminder. It is well written and very well organised (just like Pamela - you'll know what I'm talking about if you read the book ha!) One thing that makes it very useful is that fact that Pamela doesn't just tell us what to do, she shows us how she did it, what worked and what didn't. The stories about her family shows us her human side, where she made mistakes and how she corrected them.
I recommend this read for every parent, step-parent, parent to be, parent who does not want to be, parent for a moment and parent by force. In other words, it's for you. If you never interact with kids then read it for the laughs seriously, it's that funny.