Review & Competition | Kids Don’t Come With A Manual

I can honestly say I have never read a parenting book as when I was pregnant I was given enough advice to last me a life time! I think I also naively thought ‘how hard can it be?’

Well now Scarlett is a year old I very much welcomed the chance to read ‘Kids Don’t Come With A Manual‘ and I’m gutted I didn’t find this earlier. 
Scarlett has always been fairly well behaved (obviously she has had her moments – don’t all children?) but since I have been back to work she has started throwing tantrums, telling me NO (yes she is only 1!!) and being quite hard to deal with! I know this is probably her way of dealing with it and I hope it will get easier – it is still new to both of us.

I found Kids Don’t Come With A Manual so easy to read. The contents were very clear and the book was easy to navigate. There is also a handy trouble shooting section at the end of the book for easy reference. I didn’t read the book in one go (and still haven’t completely finished it!) but just read the parts I thought would help me. It isn’t the usual patronising ‘this is how you should parent’ book but it equips us parents with the tools to deal with the everyday challenges we face! It doesn’t just contain tools to help us parents but also helps us to understand our children and how we can help them!
I did find that not all chapters applied to us as Scarlett is still young but atleast I now have this to look back on. Limited choices has really worked for us as Scarlett is at that age where she just wants everything and she wants it NOW! I have also found that ‘Uh-Oh’ has worked better than a stern NO when Scarlett throws her food on the floor. 
At the end of each chapter there is a space to write your own notes so that you can jot down the way you apply each tool as not everyone will do it exactly by the book. I also found this space handy to write the positives of the tool as sometimes it just seems much easier to give in! 
Overall I would highly recommend this book to all parents, not just first time parents like myself. The authors Carole & Nadim really put things in a fresh perspective with the things we could be doing differently. 
You can purchase your copy from either Best of Parenting or Amazon. Or you could win yourself a copy by completing  the Rafflecopter below! You can thank me later 🙂 

*I was not paid for this post. I received the item for review purposes however all opinions are completely my own based on my own experience.*

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(32) Comments

  1. I add my competitions to prize finder and get entries that way.

  2. Stacey lewis says:

    I've seen lots of good write ups about this book x

  3. Sounds like a good read! I think in family life you have to do a lot of compromising to make it happy!! Especially now my oldest is at school, I always make sure I include him in lots of different decisions from what activity we do after school or what we have for tea, it makes him feel like he hasn't missed out on us during the day whilst he's been at school.x

  4. Ok I'll try that 🙂 thank you!

  5. This book sounds great. Little Miss H is approaching 2 and every day there is a mini meltdown. I'd really love to know how to handle it better. So this book sounds perfect. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

  6. Top tip is to get sleep!!! If you sleep well your not as irritable and lethargic so can enjoy your children more

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  8. My top tip for a happy family is to spend quality time together, especially when you have two or more children – try and make time for each of them.

  9. Jorn Isaksen says:

    My top tip, especially with young kids is patience, keep cool and let events unfold. Forget about control, the best you can hope for is to influence the chaos.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Have fun outside when weather allows
    (Spencer Broadley)

  11. Just totally enjoy it, dont hold back , have fun and be as childish as possible x

  12. We're facing a great deal of adversity at present but have never been happier. I can only put it down to us enjoying eachother, keeping good humour, accepting eachother for who we are and constantly putting ourselves in eachothers shoes x

  13. Beautwins Blog says:

    Not sure if it's a top tip as such but remaining as calm as you can and being accepting their personalities. When a tantrum strikes I try to remain as calm as possible and tell the babies everything is ok. Although when sleep deprived that's hard work. But having fun and lots of fun days out and lovely time at home. Xx

  14. quality outdoor time with no gadgets

  15. Spending time together and laughing a lot

  16. respecting each other, and having fun!

  17. Family time together away from the normal routine

  18. the most valuable thing you can give your children is your time and attention!

  19. Anonymous says:

    Spend time together sharing positive experiences such as pleasant Days Out, visits to cinema, theme parks etc. I believe it is important to remain Respectful, accept each other and have Good Wishes / Good Intentions etc. Consideration, Calmness etc is important for family life etc.

    Rachel Craig

  20. I think it's important to take time to listen to each other – because we all want to be heard, don't we? 🙂

    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

  21. Remember that every child is different and there is no set way a child should act. treat them as individuals. xxx

  22. You need free time every now and again to keep your sanity and patience – leanne w

  23. DO what makes your family happy and not others perfect recipe for a happy family

  24. Just being very very patient!! x

  25. Good night's sleep

  26. Remaining calm when you don't always feel like it and always listening – children only tell you things that are very important to them. That should be cherished 🙂 x

  27. I didnt find out till I was 6 months pregnant and then Had no mid wife for the last 2 months so all I had to go on was what other people had said to me.
    I have found that no two children are alike and each child has their own unique part to play in our hearts. x

  28. I'm very envious of mums that didn't do a ton of research! It can be very intimidating x

  29. Lots of family times and lots of cuddles!

  30. Top Tip – Never be to busy to have a good sit on the floor and a play with the little ones, they wont stay little forever! Its okay to be silly as well 🙂

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