Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Rules of Parenting by Richard Templar

The Rules of Parenting by Richard Templar (Rated: C)
Pearson Prentice Hall Life
ISBN: 978-0273711476
Published 2008
Trade Paperback, pages

I don't usually read too many parenting books, but I couldn't help picking this one up after flipping through it at Costco. First of all, it's super easy to read. Each rule only takes up a two-page spread. Secondly, the author is so down to earth that the rules really make sense. Most of us know these rules, but, how shall I say this....sometimes forget to put them in practice?

For me, this book was a refreshing reminder of good parenting. The book is divided into ten sections: Rules for Staying Sane (my favourite), Attitude Rules, Everyday Rules, Discipline Rules, Personality Rules, Sibling Rules, School Rules, Teenage Rules, Crisis Rules, and Grown-Up Rules. These rules are based on good principles that will help any parent deal with the challenges of raising their children. Sometimes, we may find the rules hard because we may have gotten used to giving in to our child or mollycoddling them. I especially paid attention to the Teenage Rules because my daughter is on her way there!

It's obvious from the author's voice that he has experienced every stage of parenting several times. He uses a good sense of humour to get his point across without lecturing. Reading this book felt like listening to an old friend over coffee dispensing wise advice while comforting you that you can do it. I would read a few rules every night in bed and it gave me food for thought. This is a book that I will keep by my bedside and re-read again and again. It is not a book you want to rush through because every page is thought-provoking.

If you are looking for a parenting book to help you hone your skills and remind you of what is truly important when parenting, pick this one up. Highly recommended!

I will count this book toward the following challenges: TwentyEleven Challenge, Dewey Decimal Challenge

Disclosure: I bought this book at Costco. I was not told how to rate or review this product.

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  1. I wish I had known there were rules when I was parenting! I like books with a common sense approach.


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