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The Invisible Parenting Handbook (Volume 1) Paperback – November 22, 2013
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A highly recommended read!
Her smaller-picture details—the ages/stages stuff that most parenting books cover—are interesting to read, and short enough that overall the book is approachable and easily shareable with a spouse or significant other, or even grandparents and extended family, if you're wanting to share the things that resonate with your parenting approach. I started out folding corners of pages I wanted to share with my husband, and then realized I pretty much just needed him to read the whole book. We're already mostly on the same page about our parenting approach, but the book started several enlightening discussions for us.
The author's tone—inquisitive, forgiving, honest, and very frank—is a lot like her parenting attitude. I'd recommend this book for folks who want to hear the viewpoint of someone who's been down the parenting road before, and now she's looking at it through the rearview mirror with hope in her eyes for the rest of us. She wrote it for her daughter, but really, it's helpful stuff for all parents. And if you don't have kids but work with them, teach them, or care for them, it's still a good reminder of the goals we're all aiming for—raising great young adults.
I’m also impressed by the thoughtfulness put into all the steps involved in raising a child from birth to adulthood, including agreeing on a list of priorities the author and her husband wanted for their six-month-old child as she grew and matured into adulthood. I highly recommend this book for those considering parenthood and for parents of children of all ages.
Maybe it was the author: Mama. Not Dr. PhD spouting theories, not Reverend Holier-Than-Thou who I most likely won't connect with spiritually, and not Psychologist So-And-So explaining why flash cards and 5 languages are important to introduce in the first 6 months. (I only know 2 languages and I turned out fine!) Mama as author gave me that instant feeling of understanding, welcoming, and imparting the sage advice that only a mom can.
She gives it to you straight, no holding back, and tackles head-on the topics that some would shy away from or glaze right over. If it's uncomfortable to talk about, she dives right in! And that (no matter what the topic) is the type of book I want to read!