Tell a young person what to do - play fair, be yourself, stick to the task at hand - and most will tune you out. But show them how choices and consequences play out in the real world, with real people, and the impact will be far more profound. Parenting with a Story gathers 101 narratives from people around the world and from all walks of life, reflecting unexpected moments of clarity about who they are and how they should treat others. The lessons illuminate the power of character - integrity, curiosity, creativity, grit, kindness, patience, gratitude, and more - to prepare us for anything. Sometimes heart-wrenching, sometimes funny, always compelling, these stories impart wisdom and help steer choices about:
Stories help shape who we are and who we aspire to become. Share these, discuss them, and watch your child grow into the adult you'll be proud of.
©2015 Paul Smith (P)2014 Audible Inc.
I've read about 10 parenting books in the past 5 years and Parenting With A Story is my favorite book to date. Paul Smith delivers even better than he did with Leading With A Story.
My favorite story in this book is where a kid attends a business lunch with his father. His father ordered a "girly" lunch and was jeered by his male coworkers. After much teasing,his father stuck with his decision. That single instance continually gives strength and courage to his son to blaze his own path in life.
I always love listening to a book narrated by the author. Paul Smith keeps the reader engaged by adding his own personal emphasis on the stories he tells.
One of the things I love about this book is the stories are instantly applicable in life. And because they are stories, they are easy to remember. One story talks about a boy who wanted a sidewalk between his neighborhood and his school. His teacher asked him a simple question, "What are you going to do about that?" The boy wrote a letter to the mayor and a sidewalk was put in. I've used this same question with my daughter twice in the last week. It is so empowering for her.
The part I love most about this book is it reminds me of my Dad. I lost my Dad just over a year ago and hearing the stories in this book takes me back to the times when I messed up or did not know what to do and my Dad told me a story. Thanks Paul!
As a single father of 2 late teen daughters I am always open for help and ideas when it comes to parenting. So when I first heard Paul on a local radio station being interviewed and an excerpt from this book being played I thought that this book would be a great read for me. The excerpt was the story of the football team making fun of the girl who's best friend was her mother. It was a very moving story that piqued my interest and as much as I had hoped the rest of the book was equally as good. The audio book unlike several others that I have listened to had an extra passion to it that I haven't found in the others. I can only point my finger on the fact that it is read by Paul himself that gives it a nice personal and passionate touch. I have already recommended to many friends and family and can't wait to dig into some of Pauls other works most notably next on my list is Lead with a story.
Being a parent has many challenges. One of them is that most children don’t like being told what to do! Parenting with a Story helps solve that problem as it equips parents with a much more effective tool for helping our kids to learn and make decisions for themselves. My favourite aspect of the book relates to building character in kids without doing it from the land of ‘should’ or pushing them forward with a ‘right and wrong’ approach. How do we enable kids to make their own choices, learn from their own mistakes and develop their own character? With story.
Many of the stories in Parenting with a Story are probably more appropriate for older kids and teenagers. However, the real value in this book is the way Paul Smith models storytelling. He helps us to frame stories appropriately, pulling out the valuable lessons and showcasing the power of stories from every aspect of life. Once we have developed the skill, we can use story with kids of all ages.
I have already started taking a story approach with my 9 year old son and not only do I see him making better choices but we are enjoying the discussions that come after the story too!
Decrease the conflict and increase the conversation with Parenting with a Story!
As I was listening to this audio book I was at first sceptical. Then I found myself sharing some of the stories from the book quite naturally with my 5 year old. Stories are a powerful way to teach valuable life lessons.
There are free additional resources (including discussion starters) available on the author's web site, described at the end of the book. Overall, I recommend this book.
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