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