- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc. (May 9, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1462120210
- ISBN-13: 978-1462120215
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,160,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Becoming a Present Parent: Connecting with Your Children in 5 Minutes or Less Paperback – May 9, 2017
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This book is masterful. So timely, so needed.
Every family, every person must read it ASAP in order to find presence in life, not just with children, but with all relationships.
I am so proud of you for making this book become a reality. I have enjoyed it profoundly, been reminded of many miracles, and recommitted to being better every day.
Jason Hewlett Hall of Fame Speaker, Entertainer, Author, and Dad
Mary Ann Johnson's book, Becoming a Present Parent: Maximizing Presence in Five Minutes or Less has the potential to radically change families, and family situations, for the better. It's that powerful.
Where is your family? Toddlers? Elementary age kids? Teenagers? One child? Six kids? Single parent? Two-parent home? You're a grandparent. No matter. There's something for everyone in this book.
Becoming a Present Parent delivers answers to questions you may not even know you're asking. But when you read certain chapters, you'll find yourself nodding, smiling, then chuckling. Then, hopefully, taking action. Because, believe me, Mary Ann arms you with a whole book full of ideas, strategies, techniques, concepts, and approaches. And all of them are doable.
One reason you'll be chuckling is because Mary Ann is open, honest, and transparent. Her foibles and mess-ups are all here along with the successes. She has a master's degree in education and has taught thousands of children over 40 years, and has worked as a homeschooling facilitator and coach for hundreds of families. She and husband, Don, have raised their seven children and are now grandparents. This book reflects her years of wisdom and real-life experiences. And yet nothing is glossed over.
Mary Ann not only uses her own story but stories from other parents - parents just like you, with all the same struggles and challenges.
Of all the powerful concepts in the book, and there are many, I loved this most:
"The 100% devil is the enemy of this true principle - small and simple things, done consistently over time bring BIG results."
This truth is driven home throughout the book. Mary Ann has a way of convincing you that you can do it!
You may read Becoming a Present Parent all the way through one time. But then you'll come back to it time and again to refresh on certain topics at the very time you need them. My guess is your copy will become dog-eared and marked up, and will become like a comfortable friend.
Norma Jean Lutz, Author of over 50 published books, Speaker, Editor, Novel Critique Consultant, Ghostwriter
From the Author
As a young woman growing up in the 50's and 60's I didn't contemplate any other occupation than motherhood. It was so much a part of what I expected to do I didn't give it much thought. It was what everyone did. I looked forward to it. I expected to sail along doing what was required and best because I was made for it. It never occurred to me I wouldn't know what to do and how to manage.
Don and I didn't talk much about family and parenting before we embarked on this grand adventure. He was the second child in a family of two. I was the oldest of nine. He assumed I knew what I was doing and I assumed I knew what I was doing. We never discussed how we would discipline, how we would manage chores, meals, vacations, schooling, the budget, how to connect and bond as a family, etc. Frankly, it didn't occur to us we might not agree on everything, we might not have all the information we needed. After all, we were in love, we shared the same faith, and parenting is what everyone did. It couldn't be all that complicated. But it was complicated!
The story of our family is the story of an imperfect family. It's about making lots of mistakes and finally gaining some wisdom. And ultimately, that is what this book is about - how to make mistakes but come out on top of the 'bonded family' heap anyway. You won't, and frankly, can't do everything right. Your children will struggle as they grow. You'll struggle to do all that's required in your chosen vocation of parent. It's part of the process of being human, of being in a family.
I want to help you experience more joy right where you are, despite any troubles you may be experiencing or the amount of knowledge and time that you have. The steps in this book will help you do things now that will make all the difference for you and your children, regardless of their current ages. And with the grace of God, it will be enough.
By the way, I have the unusual privilege of living with four of my thirteen grandchildren. It isn't unusual to have a four-year-old climb into bed with Don and me in the wee hours of the morning or for a grandson to ask for paper, glue, scissors and paint. YIKES, what does he have in mind? When I teach it isn't just from what I learned in over 45 years of working with children, mine included - it's in REAL time. : )
And, in case you want to know, my favorite pastime is reading and learning. I am particularly fond of history. My secret desires are to become a good painter, play the piano decently and if I live long enough, to learn to dance jazz.
My current passion is to complain less, be tranquil and to suspend judgment. I wasn't prepared for how much work this would take. I often think I will live to be 120. When all is said and done I want to be remembered as charitable, filled with life and laughter, and always learning something new.
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If you want to create positive connections with your children, getting Becoming a Present Parent is a great next step.
MaryAnn gives such practical, doable advise.
She used to live in the same small town that I did and I knew her family well and some of the struggles they have had. We don't have children at home anymore but the information in this book is for everyone and can help in relationships with our families as well as friends.
I would very much recommend this book for anyone who is trying to do and be better.
We still have 2 more weeks on vacation, and I can tell you the training that Mary Ann has given me in this book has saved our sanity. I am recognizing the signs my children are needing my presence individually as well as a group. I am jumping at the opportunities in the car, and during transitions and more to continue strengthening our relationship!
What I love most is that it effectively inspires me with simple, realistic and doable steps, no shame or guilt involved. The author is relatable and down to earth. She shares stories of both failure and successes from her own life, with such openness and vulnerability that it gives me confidence that I can change for the better, too. The book reads like a letter from a friend who has been in your shoes and learned by experience what works. It has opened my eyes to the many ways I unwittingly check out, and miss out on opportunities to build connection, and how I can change that. I am more motivated now to make the simple shifts in my focus and behavior (most take less than 5 minutes!) that will help me to be a present parent.
Every child wants to be seen, heard, loved, and wanted. This book will help parents not just to say they love their kids, but to show it, and strengthen their relationships and their own joy and peace as well.