Any parent will tell you, raising children is a lot of work and one of the most challenging jobs anyone could take on in life. The rewards, of course, highly outweigh the tough times, but it’s just not easy. That’s why there are books upon books dedicated to helping you raise your child(ren). Some are better than others, some are more effective for different types of families; it’s really all about what works for you and what doesn’t because every child is different.
Enter Patty Wipfler and Tosha Schore, M.A., the authors of Listen: Five Simple Tools to Meet Your Everyday Parenting Challenges (Hand in Hand Parenting, August 23, 2016). Wipfler and Schore set up a fool-proof way to help you get through the tough side of parenting that no one really tells you about, emerging stronger, happier and healthier.
Meant for even the busiest of parents, Listen begins with a quick overview of how to get the most out of the steps provided. Then, the book is broken down into four sections, A New Perspective on Parenting, Your Powerful Parenting Toolbox, Solutions To Your Everyday Challenges, and Our Future, Connected, covering everything from setting limits to morning routines and mealtimes to what to do when a child rejects a parent and the ins and outs of handling siblings.
Let’s face it, every parent handles each situation differently. Every family has completely personal and unique issues. What this book doesn’t do is make you feel like you must be the cookie-cutter family to get the most benefit out of reading it. What this book does do is help you to realize that it’s OK to experience the trials and tribulations of raising a family. Those everyday challenges can add up, creating what seems like a mountain of problems to overcome. But with a little compassion and just simply listening, you’d be surprised how quickly you can turn around a stressful time in both yours and your child’s life.
Self-help books aren’t always everyone’s cup of tea, but Listen escapes the self-help stigma by really digging in deep with every topic imaginable instead of skimming over what could or could not work in specific situations. With stories and examples from parents, followed by an explanation of the situation and what did or did not help, this comprehensive parenting book is one that you’ll want to read again and again.