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.
The 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.
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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!
have no expectations and be pleased with every little thing they do
try to be patient
Always have a routine – my children love it as they know what to expect
patience, at all times x
Be patient – focus on their achievements!
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Make sure you stick to your routine as much as possible
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.
Teach them how to be safe – on the street and around the house – you will sleep better…
Don’t stress out the child will pick up on it.
keep calm and be patient, enjoy every minute as it goes to fast!
take them to events where they get the chance to interact with other children.
good routine xx
If you need to say something serious get down to eye level with them it really helps them listen and understand
patience, patience, patience!
Always accept any help that is offered to you – don’t be too proud!
try to be patient
Praise the good rather than focus on the bad.
Be patient and be consistent
Remember your child is an unique individual. Let them show it.
Say NO when needed and ignore their tantrums afterwards
Learn and grow with them!! 🙂 x
Be patient and take one day at a time
set sensible boundaries and stick to them
Say what you mean, and mean what you say.
Be patient. Be their friend but always be their parent!
Learn to be patient.. I’m still trying :/
Pick your battles
Patience & Understanding Of Age 🙂
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!
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.
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!
Listen to your children x
Don’t try to be a “book perfect” parent, they don’t exist!. Dxx
Routine & patience
Be patient and follow through 🙂
Get the baby in a bed time routine as soon as you can
Be consistent and stick together.
Don’t get too hung up on the small things!
Relax! All children are different and do things at their own pace