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Do you have stubborn children like myself? If so, the ParentSmart Kid Happy Review series of books from free spirit publishing is something you need in your house. I know that my kids are enjoying these books, and that my sister's kids will too! Each of the books in this series tackles the battle of wills that we all encounter in our homes. This is one of the first series of books I've ever seen that actually color code some of the words, so you know what you are teaching your children. Green means you are validating their feelings, blue is about offering choices for them, and red words are for encouragement. There is even a section in the back of the book explaining to us parents why we want to do these things!
Ready For Bed! is about getting ready for bed. I love the tagline for the book “A Tale of Cleaning Up, Tucking In, and Hardly Any Complaining”. Who wouldn't want that in their house? When you are struggling to get your kids to bed, that is a perfect time to whip this book out. The illustrations in this book are awesome. They take up the entire page and catch even the littlest ones' attention. It is a fairly short book that will actually hold even the shortest attention span. The story also shows some parenting techniques that we can all try to use when putting our little ones to bed. I know I don't mind one less tantrum.
Ready For The Day! is book about getting up in the morning. Nothing like finally getting our little ones to bed to have to drag them out in the morning. Again, this book has an excellent tagline “A tale of teamwork and Toast, and Hardly Any Foot Dragging”. Who wouldn't want this either? The illustrations in this book also are excellent and take up the entire page. They engage your child. The book is short enough to keep their attention span. Again, there are some parenting techniques that definitely work like letting your kids choose what to eat for breakfast and what they are going to wear for the day.
Ready To Play! is the newest book in this series This book is “A Tale of Toys and Friends, and Barely Any Bickering”. Now, the color coded words in this book are slightly different. Green words still validate feelings and red are for encouraging. However, the purple words are to invite solutions and outcomes. This book is about a playdate that could have been very bad, and how the mom handled it. It's about taking turns and sharing. There is some behavior in here you definitely want your kids to model. It definitely gives them ways to solve their problems. Again, the illustrations are wonderful, and you wouldn't even need the words to tell the story. It is also short, so the shortest attention spans can enjoy it!
Now, I have arranged for one of my lucky readers to get all three of these books! Here's what you need to do if you'd like this:
Leave a comment on this entry. Check out the Free Spirit site (books linked above) and tell me which of these books would be most helpful in your house and why!
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This contest is for US residents and will end at April 1st at noon CST and is for everyone! Good Luck!!!