Book Reviews, Books, Giveaways

It’s Your Kid, Not a Gerbil~ A Review and a {Giveaway}

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.

Want more chances to win? Tweet this review and or post it to Facebook, then leave a comment that you did. Please leave a comment for each thing that you do. (That just makes my life easier when it comes time to selecting the winner)

*I received this book for FREE for the purpose of my review. I was not required to write a positive review, though in this case, I was happy to do so! The Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and consists of one certificate from Tyndale House Publishers, that you can take to your local Christian bookstore in exchange for a FREE copy of this book. 


  1. Swiliarty

    Krissie, I don’t need to take your copy of this book, but can you tell me more about it? We are probably over-scheduled in our house, but not because of wanting our children to succeed. The over-scheduled-ness comes from the kids, who want to try out activities and then end up liking them. Possibly we should say no to something, but our children will resist. Is there advice in this book for this situation? Thanks!

    1. Anonymous

      Sarah~ The book is Chock-full of wonderful tips which would take me forever to list on here. Honestly, it is well worth a read and would probably give you a wealth of insight into family life and the possibilities for ways you could perhaps alter how you do things. One of the things you could do, is give them choices. As in, you can have 2 activities at a time But you can have only those two and no more. If you decide you would like to do something else when one activity ends, then we can do another one. If they push back from having to choose, well, that’s life isnt it?  I mean, You are the parent and it is your job to set the limits for the kids, not the other way around. You can do this lovngly, because as an adult, you KNOW the consequences of over scheduled people (frustration, overtiredness, stress, …)So by giving them choices and setting the limits, you are loving your kids in a graceful and firm way, looking out for their best interrest by not allowing them to be stretched too thin, not to mention what the transportation and time used getting around to all of these activities does to you as parents… Dr. leman talks a lot about how Home, is supposed to be a place of connectivity and rest for the family. This doesn’t happen if everyone is on the go all of the time and then plain exhausted when they are home together.  Even if your kids have lots of interrests, which is great, they still need some ‘forced’ down-time which allows them to BE kids, to use their imaginations to create and play unstructured… seriously, I’m entering you in the giveaway. If you dont win, it’s well worth the price of the book to read it. 😉

      1. Swiliarty

        Thanks Kris! If I don’t win, maybe I’ll check it out on my own. We usually go crazy during soccer and then things get manageable again, but I’m not sure the insanity is worth it! I am feeling good that we have a family-centered weekend planned. We are turning the race into a little family getaway and I can’t wait! Thanks for taking the time to respond – I really appreciate it. Your photos of the kids on here are gorgeous, btw!

  2. Oh what an issue in America…and my own neighborhood! Though often I see the best intentions at heart…to say yes to what kids seem to want to do…still it can be too much and boundaries, limits and “no” sometimes is just what they need most. We think a lot about what we say yes to…and still maybe we’re limiting or overdoing it…but…there’s no perfect way, for sure! (this has me thinking this morning!)

  3. Peggy Johnson

    My Son’s girlfriend has a BEAUTIFUL LITTLE GIRL, We have adopted her as our Granddaughter, the Hardest thing is sitting back watching them raise her….I remember when I was their age, Their where somethings that “I knew more about than my MOM”  Yet I do PRAY the whole time I’m watching!!!  neither one of them Work (Thats another story in its self)  Would love to give this To My “Maybe one day Daughter in Law”   Love Reading all Your post the are so encouraging I usually repost your post on FB For all My Brothers and Sisters in Christ!!  Thank You For Following GOD’S Direction in YOUR LIFE!!!

  4. I love Kevin Lehman!  He has so many wonderful insights into how kids work.  🙂 

    We aren’t necessarily overscheduled with activities, but we ARE overwhelmed with juggling responsibilities of three kids spread over 11 years, with a 7 1/2 year gap from first to second.  We have a baby (1 year old tomorrow!), a 4 1/2 year old who has been reading for a year now, and an almost 12 year old involved in middle school sports.  Whew!  We go 9 different directions every day just due to the ages of our kids. 

    Thanks for the chance to win the book, Kris!  Have a fabulous Monday! 

  5. I just tweeted about your giveaway through your sharing button…. and I still love Kevin LEMAN, even if I can’t spell his name today. 

    Ai yi yi.  It’s a Monday for sure.  🙂

  6. Anna

    Thanks for the chance to win. Sounds like a great book, trying to get thru to relatives that our kids 4, 2 and new baby any day don’t need tons of activities to be “happy & successful”. Would love to have more insight.


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