I have read several of Dr. Kevin Leman’s books on both parenting and child-rearing, so when the opportunity presented to read yet another book by him, I was eager to get my hands on it and see what wisdom I would find. The latest book by Dr. Leman, It’s Your Kid, Not a Gerbil, did not disappoint. This book is both a humorous and encouraging pep-talk to parents out there who feel the need to push their kids into many activities at once, in order to fast-track them towards “success” in life. Dr. Leman gives it to you straight about what kids really need (quality time) versus a gamut of activities which pull them away from time spent with their parents. Dr. Leman is an expert on parenting and manages to walk the fine line of encouraging parents to step up and BE the parent, while not belittling or discouraging parents who may have lost sight of the most important aspects of being a parent. Dr. Leman reminds us with this tremendous book, that children crave time with their parents, not a busy schedule of activities that keep everyone in the house hopping at a frantic pace.
One of the best aspects of this book, is that Dr. Leman doesn’t just point out the problem with fast-tracking our kids from the time they can use the potty by themselves, but he also offers tips and solutions to help change from this frantic on-the-go lifestyle, to something that centers more around quality time shared between a child and his parents. I have enjoyed every single one of Dr. Leman’s books and this one was yet another winner. If you feel like you and your children are running the rat-race of too many activities and too little down-time, I couldn’t recommend this book more.
And fortunately for you, I’m giving away a Certificate for your very own copy. (YAY!)
To be considered for this Giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post. Maybe you want to tell me why you need this book, or how over-scheduled your kids are (Or aren’t!). I would love to hear from you! A winner will be selected at random and announced on Friday Sept. 23.
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