Book Review & Giveaway - ParentWise

~ Posted on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 8:24 AM ~

I love getting to read parenting books. When I received a pitch to review this book, I checked out on Amazon website to find out more on what the book is all about and decided, I have to read this book! What sets this book apart and made me decide to review it is that it deals with the emotional aspects of parenting and it also mentions that our childhood does affect how we parent our children. Here goes my review for the "ParentWise: The Emotional Challenges of Family Life And How To Deal With Them" book:

Title:   ParentWise: The Emotional Challenges of Family Life And How To Deal With Them
Authors: Loren Buckner LCSW

Publisher:, Inc. (March 10, 2010)
ISBN-13/-10:  978-1609101114 / 1609101111
Paperback:  200 pages
Dimension:  9 x 6 x 0.4 inches

Description from the product page:
"Parents often lament that kids don't come through the birth canal with instructions securely fastened to their big toes. In the quiet solitude of night they wonder, why didn’t anybody tell me what this was going to be like? With the knowledge of a seasoned psychotherapist, the wisdom that comes with thirty years of marriage,and raising two kids to adulthood,Loren Buckner adds a uniquely qualified voice to the parenting discussion.

ParentWise: The Emotional Challenges Of Family Life And How To Deal With Them is an intimate conversation about the emotional turmoil of parenting. Parents learn why their own life histories are important. Chapters on guilt, worry, sadness, disappointment, and anger help parents accept their darker emotions, ones they haven’t known how to talk about. Parents will not only find comfort in what Loren has to say, they’ll discover a better parent within themselves..."

This book is not about how wonderful parenthood is. Of course, as a parent, well agree having a child is one of the most wonderful thing in life and how blessed we are to have the opportunity to raise a child. This book is telling us that parenting is not that easy and it's just not us feeling that too. This book is about OUR childhood and OUR emotions.

* I like the way the author stressing out repeatedly on how our childhood and emotions will affect the way we understand and care for our children.

* I like the statement on page 12 where it says "Children learn about how to fight fairly by watching their parents safely and respectfully argue with each other." I agree that if we are afraid to confront our partner about his/her anger, it is much more harder for our child to handle this anger when directed at them.

* I think it is important that we are aware of the possibility that feelings from our past affects and shapes our feelings in the present.

Highly recommended, do get a copy of this book for yourself too!!

You can get this book from Amazon.

Yes! I have been given an extra copy to give away to 1 lucky follower / visitor on my blog! Yeap, if you are the winner, you get to own a copy of this book!

** Note: This giveaway is for anyone with a mailing address in Malaysia as I'm forking out my own money to send out the book to the winner.

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with a copy of the book in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine. And if you'd like to read my previous book reviews, you can do so by reading this post of mine called "My Book Reviews"


Book Review - The Barefoot Executive (Carrie Wilkerson)

~ Posted on Monday, March 5, 2012 at 6:16 PM ~

I received a pitch about this book and decided to request for a review copy. Being a SAHM doesn't mean I won't have chance or opportunity (in future?) to run my own business, plus I'm helping my hubby in the admin side of his business, so I thought I'd give this book a try and see what's in it for us. So here goes my review for the "The Barefoot Executive " book:

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Title: The Barefoot Executive: The Ultimate Guide for Being Your Own Boss and Achieving Financial Freedom
Author: Carrie Wilkerson

Publisher: Thomas Nelson (August 23, 2011)
ISBN-13/-10: 978-1595553690 / 159555369X 
Paperback:  256 pages
Dimension:  9.1 x 5.8 x 1 inches

Description from the product page:
"For the person who longs to run their business from home, author and highly successful entrepreneur Carrie Wilkerson says it is possible (she doesn't just say it though, she shows you how). In her new book, The Barefoot Executive, Carrie helps readers of all types understand the necessary ingredients in starting and running a lucrative home-based business. You’ll learn how to reclaim your time, determine your income, and change your lifestyle-all while keeping personal priorities intact.

Successful at running her own seven-figure business from home and being an active speaker on the subject, Carrie demonstrates business models with tables and charts in an easy-to-understand format. Chapters within the book include such subjects as finding a target markets, developing marketing strategies, and brand development. Especially important are the common pitfalls listed to avoid in starting a business from home.

The Barefoot Executive offers the opportunity to live life on your terms with the financial freedom to do it. Want to start your workday with e-mail and coffee on the back patio? Want the flexibility of joining your fourth grader on an all-day field trip? Are you ready to take that vacation you’ve been planning for years? Then you have a choice to make, and The Barefoot Executive will help jumpstart your transition.

You’ll learn:
    * Your “why.” The most important question. Why do you want to work for yourself?
    * What type of business best suits your experience and talents.
    * How to stay focused on your goal and avoid distractions.
    * Where to find the support that will accelerate your success.
    * How to link your business to the right market.

Whether it’s a service, a product, or your insight or expertise, you already have the raw materials necessary to transform your life. Carrie will walk you through the process of building the business you need to achieve the life you want. Her guidance is practical. No philosophical silliness, no theoretical abstractions—just concrete action steps alongside insights from fellow entrepreneurs, interactive exercises, and links to Carrie’s online video coaching segments. It’s the next best thing to working one-on-one with her. The Barefoot Executive will have you energized by the possibilities and embracing the extraordinary life that is well within your reach. "

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I like the statement on one of the intro pages where it says "Get passionate about getting to the place of profitability."

I find the first chapter itself inspiring as it is an eye opener on the myths about being successful in starting your own business. There are quite a number of inspiring quotes to be found in this book such as:

"Winners compare their achievements with their goals, while losers compare their achievements with those of other people.
—Nido Qubein"

The point to be taken into consideration is never to compare ourself with others. You may find others achieving success easily but the important thing is not to use that as an excuse or discouragement but more to use it as a push to move on, move forward in order to be successful ourself.

Under chapter 2, we find the 3 common mistakes that people make when starting their own business. These 3 mistakes are  further explained in their own subchapters.

I like the way this book presents some real life example in the form of "Barefoot Case Study" - shows to us how other individuals face their own challenges and overcome them.

The rest of the chapters are quite informational as it touches on the topics of the methids to apply, on what type of models should your business be based on, and venturing into the marketplace.

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with a PDF copy of the book by Living Your Moment in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine. And if you'd like to read my previous book reviews, you can do so by reading this post of mine called "My Book Reviews"

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Don't Count The Number of Friends You Have...

~ Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 8:04 AM ~

Came across this inspiring quote about friends...

Image credit: Google search

Now, if you can see my personal Facebook page, you will see that I have 400+ friends. I'm not saying those are not friends, just that they are ex-colleagues, relatives, high school friends, primary school friends, college friends, SAHM friends, bloggy friends and so on.

Anyway, if I really have to count the number of friends I can count on (excluding God and my husband) in times of trouble, sadness and need to grumble, I'd have to say TWO.

One is my bestie since high school. We could talk about our high school life, working life, family life and just plain grumble about anything.

One is a SAHM bloggy friend (we finally met up during the recent Chinese New Year after months chatting on MSN hahahah) We could talk about SAHM life, family life and life with kids and again, just plain grumble about anything!

With these 2 bestie of mine, we can just drop the conversation suddenly and continue with our busy life and then resume our chat few days later or the next time we got around to chatting.

These 2 bestie of mine understand and never critisize what I do or the decision I make or the feelings I'm having. Heck, they supported and even helped release my tensions as well.

So, this post is to be dedicated to my two bestie. Thanks for being there and for the times you listen to my grumbles and complains and accomplishments. When I need to vent out, when I need to brag and so on.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

May God continue to bless you both in everything you do.