Have you ever been to the point where your creative ideas for fun and discipline strategies as a parent have plumb ran out? Have you found yourself stuck in the same rut and routine of parenting as you have been doing for the last umpteen years; maybe even ones perhaps your parents did before you? Perhaps it is working, perhaps not, but even if you are just a parent looking to add more tricks to your book, you are going to want to pick up Quick Tips for Busy Families by Jay Payleitner! From cover to cover, this book will have you chuckling along with Jay on some of his tried parenting tips and techniques and calming you down for serious thought on what your parenting looks like in another tip.
With 144 separate tips, you will find a little bit of everything, from conquering boredom (or temper tantrums) on road trips, at the store, or even on strategies to teach your kid humility and how not to be a hypocrite (because heaven knows we all sometimes are). There are several tips just for fun, but for the more serious tips, Jay includes Scripture to back up some of his philosophies.
One of my favorite tips was Tip #74: The Job Jar. This tip recommends that instead of pulling a chore punishment off the top of your head in the spur of the moment when it is usually difficult to do, having a “Job Jar” where the kid can pick an extra chore to do as punishment. In the Job Jar, there are also to be slips that say “Grace. 1 Peter 4:8” and if the kid draws this, they are off the hook this time as an act of grace, but they still need to read 1 Peter 4:8. I thought this was a nice and simple way to relieve the parent of stress and also show the occasional act of grace to a child.
Another one of my favorite tips is “Tip 37: The Slurpee Solution”. This tip bases itself on how to control chaos and misbehavior on car trips. It suggests that saying “if you stop this behavior, we’ll get a treat” kind of rewards them for the bad behavior. Instead, Jay suggests if there is ruckus in the car, pull over to a gas station, excuse yourself and come out of the gas station with a small treat for yourself and take the time to enjoy it outside of the car by yourself. When you are done with the treat, he suggests getting back in the car and thanking the kids for being patient while you enjoy your treat and if they behave for awhile longer, that maybe you can stop again to get a treat for everyone in an hour or two.
Overall, this book is fantastic, and I highly recommend it. As a mom of 3 kids with a 4th on the way, I plan on using quite a few of these strategies in the years to come and this book will have a special place on my bookshelf. The great part about this book is that many of these tips can be used over and over again, and some tips even give you a few for one deal! If you are out of parenting ideas and want some good, fun ones, then this is the book you will want to pick up!
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I received this book free courtesy of Bethany House Publisher’s Blogger Review Program in exchange for an honest review.