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“Love these inspiring stories! They shift unhappy and frustrating moments into fun learning experiences.”
–Dr. Alice Wahl Lachman, parent and educator

Like most parents, the mom in Parenting—Let’s Make a Game of It, Carrie, faces everyday challenges during her kids’ preschool through elementary school years. Emily and Justin are impatient, not listening, uncooperative, upset and even having meltdowns.

When she changes her approach, things quickly improve. Soon her kids willingly listen. Tension turns to quality time. And life becomes more playful.

Not Your Typical Parenting Book

This light-hearted and easy-to-read book is written for busy parents.

In just 5-10 minutes, you can read a standalone, light-hearted chapter. And it’s easy to flip through and read by a particular parenting challenge. Similar to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, the how-to messages are told through enjoyable, anecdotal stories. Parenting—Let’s Make a Game of It entertains as well as inspires playful parenting.

Take a Peek Inside

Part I: Ugh, My Child Won’t Cooperate

Chapter 1. Pumpkin, Pumpkin, Drink: Getting Kids to Drink When They’re Sick

Chapter 2. Proud Member of the Clean Plate Club: Eating with Manners

Chapter 3. Do We Have to Visit a Dumb Art Museum? Making Museum Visits Fun

Chapter 4. Sixty Packets of Oatmeal: Using a Bar Graph to Incentivize Kids

Chapter 5. A Playful Let’s-Keep-The-House-Neat Unpacking Game: Using Music to Make Chores Fun (read this sample chapter)

Chapter 6. Ooh, Where Do You Want to Go? Engaging Kids While Walking to the Airport Gate

Chapter 7. When You Wish Upon a Star: Assigning Chores with an Odd-Even Reward System

Part II: Oh No, My Child is Distressed

Chapter 8. Please, Just One Night of Sleep: Making a Child Feel Secure at Night

Chapter 9. Let’s Fly the Plane! Gaining Control to Tackle a Fear

Chapter 10. The Surprise Impromptu Dance Performance: Turning Fear into Fun

Chapter 11. The Secret Magical Breath: Teaching Stress Reduction with Mindful Breathing

Chapter 12. Winning the Spider Game: Tackling Fear Through Desensitization

Chapter 13. Why-I-Love-Indian-Food-So-Much-That-It’s-The-Only-Thing-I-Want-To-Eat: Teaching Writing Skills

Chapter 14. The Day We Screamed Profanities While Driving to Synagogue: Tackling Fear by Challenging the Inner Voice

Part III: Uh-Oh, My Child is Bored

Chapter 15. One, Three, Five, Seven, Nine. Odd Numbers Are Mighty Fine: Gas Station Guessing Game

Chapter 16. The Eyebrows-Raised-Head-Nodding Signal: Getting a Server’s Attention

Chapter 17. How Long Before Our Turn? Making a Game of Waiting in Lines

Chapter 18. Are We There Yet? Keeping Kids Entertained in the Car

Chapter 19. Passing Time with the Alphabet Search Game: Keeping Kids Busy and Quiet

Part IV: Yeeks, Everything is Overwhelming

Chapter 20. Where Do You Live? Memorizing Things to a Song

Chapter 21. Avoiding the Morning Madness: Empowering Kids with a Morning List

Chapter 22. Avoiding the Nighttime Nonsense: Empowering Kids with a Nighttime List and Fun Incentive

Chapter 23. The Clothespin School Folder Organizing Game: Managing All That School Info

Chapter 24. The Anything-But-Boring-Mommy-Daddy Calendar: Making Splitting Time Between Parents Easier for Kids

Chapter 25. The Spiffy Project Planning Calendar: Avoiding Procrastination

Part V: Oh Yeah, Live Life to the Fullest

Chapter 26. A Very Important Appointment: Taking Time to Cherish Life

©2019 Karen Thurm Safran


“The book is full of creative strategies that solve daily parenting problems, and I loved the author’s let’s-be-real style of writing. She doesn’t paint herself or her kids as perfect people, but she encourages parents to tap into their innate creativity and work with their kids to make life more enjoyable–even while doing all the stuff that doesn’t seem fun at first glance.” –Megan, “The Many Little Joys” mommy blogger


This Playful Approach Works

  • Avoids nagging and yelling
  • Stops tears and meltdowns
  • Makes parenting more fun
  • Empowers children
  • Connects families

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