Friday, May 22, 2015

Keep it Real and Grab a Plunger - Book Review

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Whether you're a new parent or you've got tweens and teens, you might sometimes wonder, "Am I doing this right?" or "How can I become a better parent?" Author Julie K. Nelson has been in the trenches where you are now. She's a mother of five, blogs about parenting over at A Spoonful of Parenting, and has written two books on parenting, including the one I got the chance to review: Keep it Real and Grab a Plunger: 25 Tips for Surviving Parenthood.

Over 25 chapters, Nelson takes you through all aspects of parenting and how to more effectively discipline, nurture, and prepare your children for their independent futures. Nelson has a lot of personal stories to share on how she did it right or made a mistake. Many of her stories are humorous. I suppose as a parent, you have to find the funny in order to make it through the day sometimes, especially when you're baby has vomited all over the place and is running around naked in public.

Not every chapter will be relevant to all parents. For instance, if you're not divorced or widowed, the chapters about divorced parents or remarrying will not resonate with you. But I like that Nelson included these chapters because often these are things that parents face, and they can be tough things for parents to figure out how to navigate through while still keeping their kids' trust and respect.

I'm not a parent, so I wasn't able to put any of these tips into practice, but I will definitely keep this book around as a resource in case I do become a parent and need some tips to get me through.

If you want to find out more about this book, check out this book trailer video:

Keep It Real and Grab a Plunger is published by Plain Sight Publishing, an imprint of Cedar Fort. I received a free review copy for my honest review.

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