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I do not believe this is a good read aloud to your children book.
on February 10, 2016
This is awkward reading aloud to your children. First, it's a regular parenting book, in adult language, often boring at times. I keep re-reading the cover to see if it really says to read this to your children. It's weird. When I read it to them, I keep thinking "why am I reading this to them?" My 6 & 8 year old like the family story that takes up a small part of the chapter, but get bored with the rest &I my 13 year old is bored all around. I think the book is good, for parenting tips and advice, but I am done reading this aloud to my children. If I wanted them to know about every little tactic I'm using to help them, I guess I would continue to read it to them, even though it's awkward. Even my husband is like....why are you reading it aloud? It's an adult book, chapters are too long and as parents you shouldn't want your children to know every strategy you are going to try. For instance, I read to them last nig about the positive conclusion, being that after there is an incident with your child, you ask them 3 questions and encourage them after with a statement like "try harder tomorrow" (to remember to make your bed before school)
There is no reason my children need to know that now after every incident I am going to ask them 3 questions to help them see how they were wrong and how they can change and end it with a positive statement. Why do they need to know that? It's something I can just do. I don't know, I don't get it. Get it for the parenting book, not because it's actually practical to read aloud to your children. The stories that interest my 6&8 year old are oftten only because of the child drama, knocking a lamp over, not making the bed. But, then reading about the negative way the mom responds to her children by yelling at them, making them cry....puts bad pictures into our children's heads. Not a fan, the title should be changed.
I'll include a photo of a page I read to my children last night and you can read it aloud to your children and get a feel for the book as a whole.