Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Regret Free Parenting

Regret Free Parenting:
Raise Good Kids and Know You're Doing It Right
by Catherine Hickem

A seemingly insurmountable task... raising good children without question of doing it right.  Catherine Hickem gives 7 applicable principles in her book to help parents raise their child and know they are doing a good job.  Based on the idea that a parent must have a goal and a plan all along, Hickem provides stories and ideas to help.  With chapters specifically geared for each major age group and it's challenges, including adolescence, the reader can begin with an infant and use this book for years to come as a reference, guide and encouragement.

A well written and easily read book.  Geared mostly toward mothers, the content is mostly intended for women and seemingly more even for those who stay home, although not stated.  Fathers can also glean bits of information from this book and use the ideas and principles along with their wives.

A concept that seems overwhelming and homework like at first, Hickem relieves the pressure by encouraging readers that one day at a time with goals and plans in mind make it easier.  While the principles seem good, as the book covers an entire childhood, it is difficult to say if they are successful for others as they were for the reader.   A good read with plenty of thought filled parenting ideas, but in the end, a book, not a fix it plan. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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