My rating: 5 of 5 stars
With a title like that, it sounds like the book’s premise can easily be known at first glance, right? Even the cover image gives the concept away. The author contacted me directly to review the book, so let’s take a look and see what the read has to share with us…
At first glance, it is a short read and should not take much time for a parent. This is good news for parents everywhere, to which I can attest: there is not much time for reading in the first place! The author has published several Kindle shorts on “how to” books for raising children, so he is no stranger to the field. At a low price point (and free for Amazon Prime members), Kregger provides an easy connection for parents.
Kregger sets out to provide examples from his own life on issues and how he would tackle a scenario. Then, it is up to the reader (or parent) to personalize the concept for themselves. How would this play out in their own situation? What needs to be changed? Overall, does it work? The information provided is simply a guide from once experienced parent to another parent needing the experienced help, and is not the “cure all” solution. The author does, however, encourage readers to role play each chapter before moving on to the next, so this could be, in some ways, a quick daily devotional – tackling one chapter at a time on effective parenting.
The issues Kregger presents are timely and realistic. The current group of youngsters growing up have a major entitlement issue. Kregger suggests that by transferring responsibilities to the children, and not offering “pay” for it, we can teach them growth and maturity while eliminating the nastiness of entitlement. On that concept alone, I’m game. Kregger even provides his own set of rules regarding the process in his book, and I believe that they are totally appropriate and ones that I would agree to:
Taking full responsibility
The family is a team
No allowance or “earned rewards”
No helicopter parenting (sanitizing everything, solving problems, etc.)
Kids are kids
Keep it simple
By the time that you have reached this point in the review, you would be halfway through the book. On my Kindle, I get a percentage complete for the book as a read it, to encourage me on my progress. It may be silly to some, but I like to keep score of my reading. But I believe this gets the point across: this book is a simple, short, easy read. Yet despite that, Kregger provides advice that is so easy that I feel like I deserve a facepalm for not seeing it earlier.
This book is light and fluid. It’s not complicated. It’s not hard to do (it may be a challenge for your kids, though). And realistically, the time it will save you by reading this book (not mentioning the change in enabling your child to succeed in life) is worth the initial investment. That’s what it is, an investment that pays dividends for years to come.
So what’s your choice? Do you choose your child’s success, or their ultimate failure in life?
Disclosure: I was contracted to write an honest review in exchange for a reviewer copy of the product. The opinions stated in this review are solely my own.
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