Disclosure: I received a digital copy of this book for my honest review. No other compensation has been received. All opinions are my own.
On most days I wear two hats simultaneously: a Mom hat and an Information Junkie hat. Sure, there are others, but mostly those two hats get the most use out of all. So having a parenting book I can reference at any time is important to me.
When I was asked to review Sharon Silver's book Stop Reacting and Start Responding: 108 Ways to Discipline Consciously and Become the Parent You Want to Be, I jumped at the chance. My kids and I have outgrown all the books I have on my shelf (Secrets of the Baby Whisperer doesn't quite cut it when trying to parent a 6 year-old and a 10 year-old), so I have been looking for something new to flip through when I'm at a loss.
Sharon Silver is a educator with 4 certifications in parent education, facilitating for the Cline/Fay Institute and Redirecting Children’s Behavior programs and creator of the Proactive Parenting Approach which helps parents become more aware of their own parenting techniques.
I read most of the book and was very pleased with Sharon Silver's advice. The main goal I took away from the book is to pay more attention to the reason why my child is acting a certain way rather than just quelling the situation at the time.
For example, I recently noticed that my son is quite bossy in certain situations when he is playing with his friends. Until now, I was at a loss in deciding how to handle it. Sharon suggests the following in her book:
"Bossiness is a child’s attempt to practice her developing leadership skills, but since she’s young, she does it in an unrefined way. If you can look at her bossiness that way, you may become more inspired to teach her how to be a good leader instead of punishing her for being bossy."
I had not thought of it like that before. Now I will.
After flipping through and pausing to read several chapters, I recommend it to any parent looking for a great reference. Stop Reacting and Start Responding is set up with short, easy to read chapters that can be read straight through or referenced separately when you want quick answers. Each chapter also has a "Quick View" section at the end which sums up the chapter for even easier reading.
You can purchase Stop Reacting and Start Responding through the Proactive Parenting website for $12.95 hardcopy or $9.95 e-book using this link. I hope you will check it out!