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The Parents' Phrase Book: Hundreds of Easy, Useful Phrases, Scripts, and Techniques for Every Situation Paperback – January 1, 2014
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About the Author
Whit is also a speaker and panelist at a number of parenting and blogging conferences, and was invited by the White House to contribute to President Obama's official blog. Most importantly, he has also received the "Best Dad" coffee mug from his children two years running!
Top Customer Reviews
I am constantly trying to communicate with my son and Mr. Honea has a knack for summing up what I want to say and giving me great ideas on how to voice my thoughts. Parenting has so many boobytrapped topics, but with this book, I feel like I can actually speak the words I want and with a little bit of humor.
Bottom line: funny, useful and worth the purchase.
Wouldn't it be nice to have a catalog of appropriate verbal responses at your disposal? Now, you do. Whit Honea, one of the most prolific and talented writers on the Internet, has published a must-have guide for parents who would prefer not to inflict verbal scars on the cerebral cortices of their offspring. The Parents' Phrase Book is, in short, short-hand for the short-sighted or long-winded or loud-mouthed among us. Or for any parent, really. Actually, though? It's full of the kind of advice that applies to all sorts of human communication, not just those conversations that call upon one set of people (parents) to say exactly the right thing, EVERY SINGLE TIME, so as to avoid a lifetime of confusion and possibly permanent emotional damage of another set of people (kids).
Throughout the book, Honea's wit and wisdom shine through. He presents with aplomb the complex situations parents face every day (including common variations on the themes), and lays out what to say -- and what not to say. He reminds us that listening to our children is just as important as saying the right things, and even though there is pressure to present the best example possible for our kids, it also is fun (and funny). "After all," Honea writes, "is there anything better than the sound of a child's laughter?"
From school issues to friend problems to losing at sports to dealing with a death in the family, there are straight-forward, no nonsense suggestions for having even the most difficult conversations with kids -- all laced with humor and heart. I had been struggling with talking to my daughter about the death of my brother, and I found the Parents Phrase Book had some just spot-on advice that I know will stick with me for a long time to come. Love this book in every way. A perfect gift for new parents or for anyone who might navigate the delightful world of questions from children and want a little help along the way.
I cannot underscore more that Whit is an incredible writer. Both new parents and veterans alike have something to gain from Whit's words. Read the introduction - graciously presented by Amazon - and you'll see the kind of wordsmithery you can expect from "The Parents' Phrase Book".
You're still reading what I wrote and you're not buying the book? God that makes you look like a fool.
Inside this paperback book are hundreds of common phrases and questions uttered by kids who don’t want to eat that, don’t want to go to bed now, want to know where babies come from (gulp) and if the tooth fairy is really real, want to quit their sport because they are not good at it yet, are apoplectic about not getting the lead in the school play, and are despondent over the loss of a pet. And in every case, every single one of them, we each have our own gut-reaction reaction (or grand plan of distraction, in the case of THE TALK: “who wants ice cream!!?”) but unlike the evidence laid out in Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink, your first instinct in parenting communication is not always best. Children sometimes do need to hear the straight answer, yes, the hard truth, the black & white of it all, but more often than not a parent must employ a deft verbal touch, and quickly, as well as a nuanced story from the past or a well-crafted hypothetical situation, to best teach a lesson, impart wisdom, or just to get the adorable devil to stay in her own bed. In The Parent’s Phrase Book, Honea offers up alternative, measured, and thoughtful — yet 100% realistic — retorts to just about every childhood occurrence imaginable and slips in enough of his poetic storytelling to make The Parent's Phrase Book a terrific narrative read too.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent resource! I'm thankful for this book. Finally answers to those situations when I'm not certain what to say. I feel like a better parent.Published 11 months ago by Fertility Within Reach
Thoughtful, poetic, useful . . . I'm not a big fan of parenting how-to books, but this one is a keeper. I regularly find myself wondering, "What would Whit do?"Published 14 months ago by M. Schneider
Am I the only one who found this neither witty nor helpful? After all of the reviews read here I thought it would be full of great one liners to pull out during those difficult... Read morePublished 18 months ago by chicago
This is a really funny book that has helped me to curb my sarcasm when dealing with questions from the kids. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Nick L.
Had my parents read this hilarious and useful book, I would certainly be a better, more honest, and responsible person. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Jason Good
Whit really nails parenting on the head with this one. It's very easy to think that your way is always the best way but after reading this book and the words of wisdom in it, you... Read morePublished on June 12, 2014 by Chris Read
I could not have asked for something more helpful. I've decided it is the perfect gift for my family and friends, because we could all use a little support.Published on May 29, 2014 by Davina Fankhauser
I will remind my boys when they are older to thank him.
I have two boys, 2 and 3 years old. I can already tell that this book will be out and readily available for the next,... Read more