Since I was a kid, I’ve been a reader. Not consistently and at all times, but still, I can say that I’ve enjoyed reading for a good portion of my life. So, it’s not a far off tangent to say that I can read stuff that really does not pertain to me. Like, what does a person without children need to derive from a book on parenting? Again, going back to what I said about loving books, and it might start to make sense.
Thanks to Bethany House Publishers for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review!
Interesting fact: there is another book, by a completely different author, with a very similar title called How to Talk so Your Kids Will Listen. Isn’t it interesting how flipping just one word (or two) can completely change the meaning and the dynamic? Don’t we all just want to be heard in our relationships, no matter what those relationships look like?
Back to the book. This book gave me some childhood nostalgia because of the very positive, very happy approach and strategies it provides. I grew up watching the TV show Full House, and Danny Tanner was the perennially positive parent of the show that modeled lovingly guiding his kids in all situations. This book reminded me of Danny Tanner! (I think it’s because of the author talking about how her daughter growing into becoming a woman with a strong voice… which made me think of Stephanie Tanner, and by extension, her family.)
This book does not take the approach that “I’m the parent, I’m right, it’s my way or the highway.” If that’s your philosophy as a parent, this book is not for you, and you won’t be happy with these ideas. This book really lays out the author’s idea of how a parent can coach a child and build a relationship rather than just setting rules and giving consequences.
So, even though I really have no practical use for all the ideas in this book, I really liked it, and I think that Becky Harling does a great job of laying out her principles and explaining her point of view!