I meant: You're a heathen???
My bad. :)
It’s a good thing the random number generator didn’t come up with #15—she’s already got the book.
Jenn, aka my new heathen friend :)
Thank you for taking the time to read Halfway to Each Other and sharing your heartfelt review. It is no small thing to help a brand new author share her story. I appreciate it so much~
I enthusiastically encourage all of those who have commented to consider a year with their family abroad. Such wonders await!
Now, on to today’s book . . .
I love to read Parenting books—even now, with my kids almost grown, I flip through Parenting magazine at the pediatrician’s office. I am sure I have read a hundred parenting books.
This parenting book?
Is my favorite.
This is the book that I would have written if I had written a book. Common sense is the absolute bedrock of Christie Barnes’ philosophy.
She articulates (and backs up with solid research and data) exactly what is wrong with paranoid parenting.
For years I have maintained that the world is no more dangerous a place—and probably less so—than when we were kids. The difference is that because of the 24/7 news cycle we know about every horrible thing that happens everywhere.
I arm my kids with the best tools I can and send them off into the world.* Anything beyond that would be overprotecting them to the point it hurt them.
Christie Barnes, in The Paranoid Parents Guide, highlights the rules you should teach, where the risks really are, and trains you (if you are a worrier) to put your mind at ease.
This book is relevant for all parents. I think it’s worth reading even if, like me, you’re almost done with child-rearing or even if you’re a worried grandparent. Barnes is a reformed worrier herself; she has empathy regarding what we worry about and why we worry, but she also practices tough love towards parents.
What’s your parenting worry? I’ll pick winners from the comments next week. I can give away 1 copy per 10 comments up to 3 winners, so please—enter the giveaway!
Mine? Teenage car accidents. Hands down. It’s why I have for years driven my children by the accident scenes/memorials of teens in our neighborhood that have perished in accidents caused by recklessness and/or drinking. I want them to know that it could happen to them, but it doesn’t have to.
Thanks to TLC Book Tours for the opportunity to review and giveaway this book.
* I do have to admit to feeling vindicated by a lot of what Ms. Barnes says. My in-laws would have definitely described me as paranoid when the kids were younger because I was rabid on the subjects of car seats, helmets and life jackets. It turns out I was worrying about the things that needed to be worried about—that is the things that can be controlled and whose use provides the greatest safety boost.