Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Instruction Manual for Kids - Parent's Edition

Whenever a new baby is born, someone usually says, "Good luck with your kid, because he doesn't come with an instruction manual" Well, Kerri Yarsley, a successful mother of four, is about to change all that. The Instruction Manual for Kids - Parent's Edition is an eminently readable, informative, and entertaining book that takes the reader on a journey from pre-pregnancy preparation all the way through to the late teenage years. It covers the basics as well as some interesting behavioral perspectives that you might not expect in a parenting book. So whether you have one or many kids, be prepared to change your thoughts, words, and actions, and have a brilliant and joyful life with your amazing kids. This comprehensive book sets out many "rules of engagement" between children and their environment during the formative years from birth to early adulthood. Written specifically for parents - both new and seasoned - the book contains information that makes practical sense on all levels. If you are a resident of Planet Earth, then I highly recommend Kerri's book to you. It will inform, amuse, inspire, and move you. -Author Bill Statham, The Chemical Maze Shopping Companion

Kerri Yarsley was born in Melbourne, Australia. She studied Biochemistry, Microbiology, Education, and Computers at university. After marriage, Kerri worked as a Systems Programmer and attained Fitness Leader's qualifications and trained in martial arts. Kerri and Frank had four children in six years, so Kerri began her 20 year career documenting from home.

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3There Is A Lot Of Information Between These Covers
By Maria Gagliano
The 411 by Maria:

Every parent thinks it, I wish there was a manual that came home with the baby. We have this beautiful baby and some of us have no idea what to do once our baby is brought home from the hospital. then we find that babies were way easier than kids. Kids are a whole other group. They now think and talk for themselves and we are challenged in a whole other way so I loved the title The Instruction Manual for Kids.

The Book is broken down into chapters:

Preparation or Get a Pet
Anatomy of a Kid
Simplicity or No Dramas
Rights and Responsibilities
Education or Set a Good Example
Nice Guy vs Tough Guy
Prevention is Better than Cure
Parents and Friends
Baby Basics
Toddler Basics
Pre-teen Basics
Teenager Basics
Death or Separation
Final Words

I love reading. I also love reading books about things I am interested in. I am interested in my kids and being the best parent I could be so I was eager to open this fun cover book and jump in. I sat down on the couch and opened it the words are small, the margins are small the headings are small. It seemed like a whole lot of reading before I even started.

While there are some really interesting sections like the nutritional requirements and that kids need water to live as well as the keep it super simple (Kiss Principal) idea which is don't over control things (which was a problem for me as a new mom); I felt that it the layout was a little different I would have enjoyed it more.

Kerri definitely covers a lot of interesting information and re-opens my parent mind to things that I believe but have put aside for a moment every once in a while like The Rights Of Childhood. Basically how kids have the right to be a child, run around and play games, laugh loud, cry, etc. It is how I parent but every once in a while you need the gentle reminder in the stress of your day.

The other section I wish more people would read was called Keep Your Language Clear and Polite. I think this is something that should be given to every parent. I remember my sister-in-law commenting on how polite I was to my kids. I would knock on their door even when they were 3 or 4 and say, can I come in or ask them to pick something up and with a please and thank you. It wasn't something I consciously thought about but if I wanted them to be polite I needed to show them how.

You can get a lot of prospective from this wise parent who is kind enough to put it all down in one place for us to read.

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5Parents -this book is for you!
By Paula C. Dirkes
The Instruction Manual for Kids - Parent's Edition seems to cover all the topics parents could possibly need, ranging from before they give birth until children reach adulthood. As the parent of 4 children (very close in age), Kerri has done an impressive job creating a user-friendly parenting textbook - complete with personal stories - to educate parents, calm their fears and inspire them to be the best parents and mentors they can be. She touches upon physical, emotional and even psychological topics that benefit both parent and child, boy or girl. This is a book every parent needs for their personal library. I highly recommend it!

Paula C. Dirkes
Author: Mentor Me! The Complete Guide for Women who want to Mentor Girl

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5Every parent should own this book!
By Sophie
After reading this book I gained a much greater perspective of how to manage and build my parenting skills. You can definitely tell that this book was written by an experienced parent. I am much wiser for reading this. I like the little personal stories - they help me to relate to my own situation and give me hope that I can be the best parent I can be for my kids.

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