Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Trying to Stay Sane While Raising Your Teen, C. Lynn Williams (4 stars)

From Amazon: Does this sound familiar?: I am so tired of repeating myself… no matter how many times I tell my kids to stop their tantrums… nothing seems to work and I don’t know what to do anymore!

When you are reading the Forward to Trying to Stay Sane While Raising Your Teen, you’ll learn to redefine your meaning of the words ‘growing up’ and how to interpret and move through the maze of myths that stand in the way of your teen experiencing responsible behavior.

This book was divine intervention. I am constantly searching for faith-based parenting books, especially ones that focus on the teen years. I have three up and coming teenage daughters (ages 12, 10 & 7), so I appreciate any and all help in my efforts to raise them. Staying sane would be an appreciated bonus.

The book covers the importance of consistency, listening, parenting versus friendship, and many other topics. There was a piece on parent timeouts that particularly spoke to me. The author is candid with her own mistakes and how difficult proper parenting can be.

Also, the book focuses quite a bit on parenting when divorced or single. I’m fortunate that neither applies to me, but I think it would be extremely useful to others facing this situation.

Busy parents will also appreciate that the book is short and concise, no wasted fluff. However, there were times I wanted more and thought the book only skimmed the surface. Still, the fact that I wanted more details and advice says a lot.

If you are looking for some faith-based parenting tips, pick this book up. You can read it over breakfast and be ready to start your day with a new parenting attitude.

Rating: 4 stars

Note: I received a complimentary copy as a World Literary Cafe reviewer. A positive review was not guaranteed or asked for; my opinions are my own.