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Would you like to understand the world from the mind and eyes of a child and a loving and experienced parent?

Would you like to hear typical real-life dialogues between that parent and child?

Would it help to understand the psychology of a child who is just stepping out into a new and awesome environment?

This world is full of awe and wonder, but laced with challenges that may set your child back or help him or her move forward into a hope-filled, loving, and responsible future. This book contains the knowledge and tools you can use to aid your child on the way to success. It also has its moments of humor.

Topics covered here are those that are extremely important for parents raising their children in the 21st century. Some represent the more recent problems presented by modern technology. Others represent the time-established struggles faced by all children everywhere:

  • Bullying
  • Cyberbullying
  • Peer Pressure
  • The Internet and Social Media
  • Effective and Loving Discipline
  • Teaching Children Awareness of Their Emotions
  • Teaching Children Empathy
  • Social Interaction
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)

When your child was just a whisper between two loving people; when your child was just a gleam in your eye; the magic of the parental experience began. Through all the years of raising your child you will truly touch the transcendent power of love.

Grab your copy today to learn how to be a loving and effective parent! Your child deserves it! Or get a copy as a gift for a loved one or friend who is a parent.

©2017 Jennifer Garden (P)2017 Jennifer Garden

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Highly Recommended for Parents of Young Children

Being a parent is one of the most complex jobs a person can have, and there is no agreed-upon course of study for it. Of the many parenting books out there, I rank this one as a personal favorite. Packed with real-life scenarios that present parenting struggles and show how various parents have solved them, it will be a useful tool for any parent who wants pointers on solving a tough problem or who simply needs to know that they're not alone in their struggles.

From technology to bullying, Garden tackles many issues that children today face, and she does it with a sense of humor that makes the book enjoyable despite its occasionally serious subject matter. Garden also does a great job of acknowledging that children are individuals, and that different techniques may work better when parenting different kids.

Parenting is challenging, and no parent is perfect, but with help from this book, parents may be able to understand their children's needs a little better. An enjoyable, informative read.

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Great for parents of young children

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would if they had young children.

What did you like best about this story?

Being a parent is a complicated, messy job and I always enjoy reading on this topic to give me additional tips. Jennifer Garden includes many examples to illustrate her points which adds to the readability of the book.

Any additional comments?

Her information on the left- and right-brained children surprised me and challenged some of the ideas that I have about my children. She discusses childhood fears, the basics of discipline, bullying, and the internet and how each impacts families and their children. Her book is best for parents of young children and could be used as an extra resource when parents are feeling uncertain about a specific topic.

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Highly Recommend!!!

Full disclosure, I must admit when the subject of bullying first appeared, Garden managed to pull at my heartstrings. You see, throughout middle school my younger brother was a victim of harassment and vicious bullying, I only wish the parents of the bullies could have only picked up this book to be aware of the repercussions on a child’s life.

Personal anecdote aside, I thought the fashion in which the plot and dialogue unraveled really spoke volumes and made an impact as I listened throughout. (I do however must admit that it was at first quite disorienting).

The real case scenarios were extremely helpful bringing to light the issues that plague today’s teens --- i.e. social media. Not only did the described situations detail the tough times that the father went through with his child, but the story itself took into consideration that a child’s, and in turn, the parent’s life is not all influenced by the negative events. Life keeps on moving through the good and the bad. With that in mind, there were some moments in the book that were light and funny.

Garden’s take was refreshing because it unfurled like life itself, a series of moments, both devastatingly tragic with instances of helplessness with those of giddy joy and unconditional love.

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A Lovely Book Worth Rereading

I found this book extremely insightful and a pleasure to listen to.

The author, Mrs. Garden, uses real world and present day situations inside of a structure following a behavioral template. Rather than a linear age format that would follow a child’s growth through life; all in the third person. Though it took me a chapter to get used to, the more I listened, the more comfortable the dialogue became. I was also very pleased at the amount of humor the author has incorporated. It gave a much welcomed playfulness to the listening experience.

As an added bonus, in between these reenactments, Mrs. Garden draws from the professional research of psychological conditions and biochemical studies. She cleverly weaves this kind of information into concise instruction making it very understandable. And at the same time, showing the child’s mind on how they think and what their point of view is throughout development. At no point was I confused about what was being said or discussed. On top of this, Mrs. Garden also incorporates present day technology and social media platforms into these reenacted and teachable situations. Again, another bonus.

One more praise about this book, amidst the many I have, the author has chosen to emphasize the adaptability you must have on; first, flowing with your child’s unique individuality; and second, using your own methods to help them grow and flourish. Giving examples and options on one’s approach in these situations. In no part of this book does it stick to any “one way to raise your child” mentality. The author, being aware of this fact of ambiguity, runs with it, knowing that the parent knows best.

Bravo!!!

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Would you try another book from Jennifer Garden and/or Sharon Willoughby?

Jennifer Garden has definitely done her research. As a parent of two I don't think I would read any of these books for myself. I feel like they are many other books out there with similar information. The narrator Sharon Willoughby has a good voice but her reading of this book may not be good fit for her.

Would you recommend Parenting Children: Learn How to be a Loving and Effective Parent to your friends? Why or why not?

I would recommend this book to friends or family members who may be expecting or new parents. The research proven in this book by citations show the information to be valid and has a place on a parent's bookshelf.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I think the narrator could have added more action to her voice. The read became boring over time due to the monotone of her voice. I feel she is a excellent voice over narrator but this may not be the genre for her.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Due to content of this book, I don't believe a movie would be made from it. A documentary or series could possibly be done, and for new parents it would be watched. As for me, not something I would be determined to see.

Any additional comments?

Overall, Parenting Children : Learning How to be a Loving and Effective Parent is a good work. Research for this book was done wonderfully. It has its place on the bookshelves.

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The Hardest Job in the World

"You are not a perfect parent. In all this world, there is none."

As someone who greatly looks forward to having children one day, I found this book not only enjoyable, but also highly informative. I loved Garden's format of highlighting the main family that is talked about throughout the duration of the novel, but also peppering the narrative with examples of other children. It was helpful to see a variety of stories highlighting experiences, both good and bad, that almost every parent will face at some point in their lives. And the quote at the end about how no parent is "perfect" is also very important. It's important to anyone, especially new parents, to know that sometimes, your children are going to make bad decisions. But in a way, that's also crucial to their overall development and provided you are able to address the situation in a calm and appropriate matter, your children will ultimately grow up to be amazing individuals in today's society.

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A Great BOOK!

This book is full of excellent tips and guidelines. I love this one, it tells you true facts and understanding information. Being a parent already this book was capable of giving an extra hand on my parenting technics and methods. To any parents out there I would strongly recommend this book to any of them. This was a great book!

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Hilarious, witty, fun and educational, not your typical self help book

As the mother of two toddler boys, 2 1/2 and 3 1/2 (yes a year apart 🙄) I found Jennifer Garden’s Parenting Children: Learn How to be a Loving and Effective Parent as a witty and funny self help book about all the joys and pains of parenting in today’s modern world. I particularly loved the stories from the dads point of view as they were very funny and made the subjects very relatable.
The subjects covered were very relevant in today’s world; subjects like the struggle between being your child’s friend but also a disciplinarian, how to handle social media and electronics, bullying, and the ever growing crisis of ADHD. For me I particularly liked the fact that there was not much “psychology speech” if you will, making much easier to follow, yet it was very much based on science and research.
Overall, I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a little help in parenting, and wouldn’t mind laughing along the way, because after all, that is what parenting is all about, the struggle, the frustration, and the laughing later. GREAT READ