Parenting With Purpose

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Parenting is a tough gig. Not that I don’t love my children, but there have been a few days where if a traveling circus troop had been willing, I would have packed up my bags and headed out!

No not really, but I am not embarrassed to admit that there have been some days where hidden chocolate bars and a few minutes hiding in a locked bathroom were all that helped me get through the day!

I am not always a big fan of the parenting book genre, because sometimes I feel like they just don’t really understand what I am going through as a mom. All of that changed for me though when I found out that my blogging friend Nina Garcia of Sleeping Should Be Easy had published a book called Parenting with Purpose

I have loved Nina’s blog for years, because she has a way of simplifying and breaking things down then applying these bite sized pieces to real life situations. She does the same thing in her book.

Right from the beginning of the book in her introduction, Nina explains the concept of discipline in a way that really left me thinking.

Sometimes as parents we forget that there are definitely teaching moments which can happen when our kids act out, throw temper tantrums or behave badly. Nina explains in her book that, “With each outburst comes the opportunity” to help our children learn some important skills. She further explains that the best way to discipline is through connection with our child. I loved this concept and could see some situations where I had rushed to discipline rather than to teach and connect.

I also loved this:

“You want to build a relationship with your child where he can tell you anything and you would still support him no matter what. That can only happen when you allow your child to talk without judging his thoughts or actions. Don’t call his dreams silly or go on and on about a mistake or accident he made. In fact, thank your child for telling you the truth even if it means he’s in trouble. He was brave enough to tell you the truth and admit his faults when he could have easily kept the truth from you to avoid punishment.”

Parenting With A Purpose is broken down into three sections:

Part I: Outlines preventative measures and how we can create a parent-child relationship that avoids conflict.

Part 2: Discusses ways to handle outbursts and other situations all while still relying on a solid connection between you and your child.

Part 3: Covers the aftermath of conflict and how we can learn lessons from those experiences.

As a special bonus Nina includes 20 Actionable Items You Can Do to put all these tips you learned into practice. I really loved this part and could see quite a few ways I could implement with my own family some of the knowledge I garnered from her book.

Here’s The Great News!

Parenting with Purpose is available for FREE on Amazon through October 22!

I hope you take a minute to go and download this book, because as a parent there is always something we can learn to help make our role easier and I know you will learn a lot from Nina’s book.

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**I received this book for review purposes and LOVED it!

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  1. That’s pretty much the best bargain I’ve ever imagined – FREE parenting advice. Just like her wonderful blog.
    I have so many.. not great moments I will probably write about, and how Nina has helped along the way.
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  2. Hi Jen, I’m with you on parenting advice books as each parent/ child relationship is different and I can understand why some parents turn to them. I love the paragraph you chose to share, it’s spot on. All children should be able to go to a parent and tell them anything without fear of judgement. It was one of the most important things that I wanted to instill in my two (along with manners and consideration).

    If the rest of the advice in Nina’s book is as good as that paragraph then it’s a winner.

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      It really is just as good, I loved all of Nina’s book, but I knew it would be good because her blog is so great.

      Sometimes it really is hard to not overreact when your child tells you something you don’t want to hear, but like you said they do need a safe place to share what is happening and what they have done or experienced.

      Oh manners and consideration is HUGE around here too!!
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  3. Through Oct 22nd?! Well good thing I chose to get a bit caught up today then, huh?! Thanks for the recommendation lady!

  4. This is such a quick read with so many takeaways. Over the last month, I’ve changed how I deal with an emotionally charged situations with my daughter. This one change – a tiny, little change suggested in Parenting with Purpose – has absolutely led to those situations becoming tantrums.

    I absolutely recommend this book, as well and love, love, love the 20 actionable takeaways. Great write up of a wonderful book by a budding author!
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    1. Isn’t that whole part brilliant about connecting and taking away some of the emotions during our conflicts with our children? I needed to read that and that is why I needed Nina’s book! I am so glad you loved this book too!

      I think Nina definitely has a great future as an author and I can’t wait to see what else she writes :)
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