The “Perfect” Parent

Perfect Parent

WOW!! After reading it, was my reaction. For a little background, I am a researcher. I love reading and researching and basically devouring every book on any given topic. Sometimes I read really great ideas and sometimes I put it down knowing it is not for me; but I do read it all. My hubby thinks it is ridiculous, but hey it is who I am.

So knowing that, when we became parents (not just the first time, but every time we did) I read every parenting book out there. Everything from infancy, to toddlers, to potty training, to sibling rivalry, to types of parenting styles, basically if it had anything to do with being a parent I have read it. And even though, I no long have a baby in the house I continue to read them.

Why you ask? I mean I have been a parent now for almost half my life, my girls are doing well, many people ask me about my “secret” for being a “perfect” parent. Why spend the time (and money) to continue to read about what others are doing?

Because kids are ever growing and changing. My kids come at me from different angles all the time, they might need me to come back at them in a new/different way. It is an easy way to find out new ideas to help, if you are having trouble getting through a “phase”. And it is nice to know that my issues are not solely MY issues. Because of this I was so excited to receive an advanced copy of The ”Perfect” Parent.

This book is by far one of the best that I have read. I love her down to Earth tone. She is so easily relatable and her advice is simple to implement. She breaks her book into 5 different tools:

  1. Honorable Parenting
  2. Approachable Parenting
  3. Sensible Parenting
  4. Reasonable and Responsible Parenting
  5. Enjoyable and Memorable Parenting
  6. Then as a bonus she includes “The Perfect Parent Toolbox” which is a quick reference guide of her book

I can see, after reading this, that I focus a lot of my parenting at the Enjoyable Parenting. While this is not a bad thing, it leaves things a little unbalanced. Things can’t be enjoyable all the time. And it helped showed me how to be a bit more sensible. This is one book that I will go back to and refer to often as my children challenge me, or as I feel that I am going back to old habits of being unbalanced.

How about all of you guys? Do you read parenting books, or just go by gut feelings? Would this be a book that you would choose to read? Let me know your thoughts.

If you are wanting more information please click: The ”Perfect” Parent.

Best Young Adult Book In A Long Time

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*The author gifted me a copy of her amazing book
for this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own
as always*

This book has all the things that a great book should be. It has romance, lies, suspense, throw in a supernatural twist and you have an amazing plot.

Anna follows 17 year old Anna Stuart. She has all the same issues as any other high school senior: should she go off to college, should she stay home to help the family, does the boy she likes like her back. All very normal problems, for the very normal Anna. Or at least that is what she thought.

Then the hallucinations begin. At first just at night, similar to nightmares. Haunting her nights. When a strange shadow man begins to haunt her, she is ready to seek out the truth. She hunt the very hunter that is haunting her. All while trying to keep up a semi-normal life of a high school student.

I found the characters not only enjoyable to read and relatable. I found my self perplexed by Steve at different points in the book. I was irritated with Heather for most of the book to be honest, but I loved that about her. Both of them becoming some of my favorite characters in the book. I truly came to care about what happened with Anna and the shadow man.

To be completely honest, the first few chapters, I found it hard to get into. It was teenage-high-school-drama life, but once the “meat” of the story started to come together, I could not put it down. I ended up staying up all night just to finish it, then was disappointed that it was over. Sitting on pins and needles waiting for the next one to come out.

To see more information about this book you can check Meghan Riley’s website here: http://mmriley.com/. Please check out her blog, and you will be able to get the inside track on Anna and what is coming up next.

Penguins Can’t Fly

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Who doesn’t love penguins. Let’s be honest, there is nothing cuter then a little baby penguin. So when I saw this book, I had to buy it. For the girls of coarse, not for my huge hoard of penguin stuff. I really wasn’t expecting much from the book; I got it cause it was penguins and has a really cute cover.

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After reading this, I am totally in love with this book. It is about two little boy penguins. They have known each other since they were eggs. Even though they have been best friends their entire lives, they are very different penguins. Billy was a rough and tumble type of penguin; and Quentin liked to know things. They both have their own challenges to over come in this book. Billy gets caught out in a snow storm and Quentin learns that penguins can’t fly. With each others help and friendship, they are able to over come their obstacles.

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Such an adorable book. Themes of: friendship and thinking outside the box. While the story line is not missing anything, the illustrations are what make this book. Every page is beautiful, with lots of colors and gorgeous details. I won’t spoil the book by giving away any more, but it is worth the read.

Penguins Can’t Fly
Written By: Katherine Sully
Illustrated by: Rebecca Elliot