I read the press release of these new books with great interest especially when it mentioned "...the books illustrate everyday scenarios that can challenge parents and young children: getting ready in the morning, sharing toys, and going to bed at night. Along with simple dialogue and full-color illustrations, the books include color-coded text to cue parents about positive language to use with their children. The ParentSmart/KidHappy series teaches four positive parenting techniques: (1) how to validate a child’s feelings, (2) how to offer choices, (3) how to promote problem-solving skills, and (4) how to encourage alternative behavior."
So I immediately wrote in asking whether there is any possibilities of me reviewing the printed copies of these awesome books and a month later, these books arrived safely into our hands! Yes!!!
Without further ado, here goes my final review for the "ParentSmart/KidHappy™ Series" book entitled "Ready for the Day! A Tale of Teamwork and Toast, and Hardly Any Foot-Dragging":
Title: ParentSmart/KidHappy™ Series (Ready for the Day! A Tale of Teamwork and Toast, and Hardly Any Foot-Dragging)
Author: Stacey R. Kaye, MMR Illustrated: Elizabeth O. Dulemba
Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing
Paperback: 32 pages
Dimension: 8 1/4" x 8 1/4"
Description from the product page:
" Getting a preschooler out the door in the morning can be a frustrating battle of wills complete with crying and complaining—by parents and kids alike. Ready for the Day! offers healthy, lasting solutions for a stress-free morning routine.
This book, and others in the series, provides a BONUS for parents and caregivers. With honesty and gentle humor, Ready for the Day! shows how to handle typical morning routine struggles by modeling three parenting techniques using color-coded text to teach the language of positive parenting:
* Giving encouragement
* Validating feelings
* Offering choices
These techniques are explained in detail in a section at the end of the book that is just for adults. The result: you get through morning routine challenges with less stress while building your child's emotional intelligence and your own parenting skills. Ready for the Day! features:
* An engaging, realistic story that will ring true for parents and kids alike
* Easy-to-use techniques and positive language highlighted in color-coded text
* A section just for adults that explains the language of positive parenting
* An easy, fun way to improve parenting skills—by reading with your child"
As I go through the book with my 3 years old son, I can see him nodding in agreement and I relate it to my boy on how similar he is with Maya (the main character in this book), that they both have to get ready for the day and dady has to get ready too to leave for work.
I love the beautiful and realistic illustrations! I I love that daddy let Maya choose what to do by giving her 2 options. I love the ideas of letting a child feel important and independent bt making their own decision and yet able to accomplish what I want hence the 2 options set!
My verdict? Definitely a must have book!
You can get this book from Amazon and Free Spirit Publishing website.
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"