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Kids Don’t Come With A Manual – Book Review & Giveaway

Kids Don’t Come With A Manual is a newly released parenting guide by Carole & Nadim Saad, the parents of three children, from who they’ve gained experience and put their knowledge into a self help manual for parents to use as and when they need it.

kidsThe book is broken down into chapters, then each chapter into tools, a smaller section you can simply flick to should you need guidance in that area.  This makes the book easy to digest as you simply pick out the bits relevant to you.

Kids Don’t Come With A Manual really does cover every aspect of dealing with a child from listening to a child, how to talk to a child, dealing with bad behaviour, connecting with your child etc.  One chapter that really stood out for me as I feel it’s relevant to my family is “How to prevent power struggles and other issues”, in particular Tool No 6: Diffusing Whining and Arguing.

This is something that I do have issues around with my eldest and this book not only suggests how to diffuse whining, but then suggests techniques and ideas to follow if they are not working, it almost encourages you to keep at it in certain ways to ensure you don’t back down, stand your ground but keep calm at the same time.  I’ve definitely picked up some ideas to try out and I’m sure it’ll only be in the next day or so I get a chance to test them out.

I do think this book is well written and presented, the layout has been thought out and it’s nice to have easy to go to pages rather than having to read large chapters at a time.  For me this makes it a book I’m more likely to go to, as and when I need to.  The book is jam packed with information, there really is something for every situation and parenting dilemma.

I have one copy of Kids Don’t Come With A Manual up for grabs for one reader, just fill in the gleam form below:

Kids don’t come with a manual

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and the book was sent to me in order to write the review.

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  1. tracy k nixon says:

    Don’t compare your child’s milestones with other parent’s chilldren or siblings – every child is unique so they will develop in their own time!

  2. Joanna Butler-Savage says:

    have no expectations and be pleased with every little thing they do

  3. clair downham says:

    try to be patient

  4. chloe says:

    be consistent

  5. Sarah Rees says:

    Always have a routine – my children love it as they know what to expect

  6. Michelle Banks says:

    patience, at all times x

  7. aaron broad says:


  8. Be patient – focus on their achievements!
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  9. carina says:

    Make sure you stick to your routine as much as possible

  10. Rachel Craig says:

    Be patient, kind, understanding etc. Children can be a joy. They do not come with a manual, they are spontaneous :- Do watch out for their safety, whilst enjoying and supporting their adventures etc.

  11. Martina Pichova says:

    Teach them how to be safe – on the street and around the house – you will sleep better…

  12. Rachel Butterworth says:

    Don’t stress out the child will pick up on it.

  13. laura groom says:

    keep calm and be patient, enjoy every minute as it goes to fast!

  14. Jade says:

    Be consistent

  15. David says:

    Be consistent

  16. Paula Readings says:

    take them to events where they get the chance to interact with other children.

  17. laura stewart says:

    good routine xx

  18. Jo welsh says:

    If you need to say something serious get down to eye level with them it really helps them listen and understand

  19. Victoria Wale says:

    patience, patience, patience!

  20. Emily Austen says:

    Always accept any help that is offered to you – don’t be too proud!

  21. leanne weir says:

    try to be patient

  22. Christopher Read says:

    Praise the good rather than focus on the bad.

  23. Lesley Bradley says:

    Be patient and be consistent

  24. Monica Gilbert says:

    Remember your child is an unique individual. Let them show it.

  25. Spencer Broadley says:

    Say NO when needed and ignore their tantrums afterwards

  26. Minnie15 says:

    Learn and grow with them!! 🙂 x

  27. Kirsty Fox says:

    Be patient and take one day at a time

  28. MICHELLE KEMP says:

    set sensible boundaries and stick to them

  29. Tracy says:

    Say what you mean, and mean what you say.

  30. Caroline Blaza says:

    Be patient. Be their friend but always be their parent!

  31. Diana says:

    Learn to be patient.. I’m still trying :/

  32. Kayleigh says:

    Pick your battles

  33. Rich Tyler says:

    Patience & Understanding Of Age 🙂

  34. Jamie says:

    My tip is to keep calm, your child will pick up on it no matter and wont learn as good and will also be up tight!

  35. Sarah Franks says:

    My tip is that, as much as parenting is about teaching it’s also just as much about learning and if you’re not fully open to that, you’ll be letting your child down more than they could ever let you down.

  36. Hayley Todd says:

    It’s so important to not clip your child’s wings. Your little ones mission in life is to gain independence. So when they are developmentally capable of putting their toys away, clearing their plate from the table, and dressing themselves let them. Giving a child responsibility is invaluable for their self-esteem and your own sanity!

  37. Maria Jane Knight says:

    Listen to your children x

  38. Denielle Nicol says:

    Don’t try to be a “book perfect” parent, they don’t exist!. Dxx

  39. karen Howden says:

    Be consistant

  40. LEE HARDY says:

    Routine & patience

  41. Natalie Crossan says:

    Be patient and follow through 🙂

  42. says:

    Get the baby in a bed time routine as soon as you can

  43. Darlene says:

    Be consistent and stick together.

  44. Victoria Prince says:

    Don’t get too hung up on the small things!

  45. Vickie Jackson says:

    Relax! All children are different and do things at their own pace

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