Parenting Book Club – May Pick!

I hope everyone who read Playful Parenting enjoyed the book and more importantly found some new strategies for their family, I know I did.  May’s book is Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents by Christine Carter. This book was recommended to me ages ago by a friend when my son was starting to display a very scary turn towards perfectionism. I waited forever to get it from our library, and by then his perfectionist phase was back to a manageable level but the book was awesome. I will be re reading it and in 4 weeks I will post discussion questions on our Facebook to open it up to all of you are joining in this month to share your thoughts.

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  1. Kristin @ Preschool Universe says

    This looks good – putting it on hold at the library now! I’m afraid my son also exhibits some perfectionist tendencies (he gets that from me). Any advice on how to just let go and live is welcome.

    • admin says

      For us what helped was to sorta go the opposite way, so we wrecked towers that we built, we splattered out pretty pictures etc… all only if he agreed to it . I don’t want to give the impression that I went around wrecking things as a measure of tough love. Not my style. I also realized that I would often say “Perfect!” as praise, I quickly stopped that and instead used specific praise, praise about his effort etc… For us this and trying to focus on process vs product with everything helped a lot. However having two very achievement focused parents ( albeit both of whom try not to be like that too much) some tendencies are simply expected .

  2. Andrea says

    I’m excited to read this book – we’ve been trying for the past few months to steer away from my daughter’s perfectionist tendancies. I just put it on hold at the library.
    Thanks for the suggestion!

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