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A Look Inside this Whimsical Book

“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 this book faces everyday challenges during her kids’ preschool through elementary school years. Her children are not listening, not cooperating, and 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.

Look inside Parenting—Let’s Make a Game of It, an entertaining, easy to read book teaching playful parenting through whimsical stories.

Perfect for busy parents, you can read a standalone, light-hearted story in only 5-10 minutes. It’s similar to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series where the how-to messages are told through enjoyable stories. An Amazon #1 New Release in 7 parenting categories, this book shows how to put the fun in parenting. It’s based on how my parents raised me and how I raised my children.

Sneak Peek Chapters

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

I feel like shouting “Justin, stop!” Instead, I cringe silently, watching my four-year-old son lift his tomato-smeared plate, open his mouth, and stick out his tongue.

Surely, he’ll stop.

But he doesn’t. His six-year-old sister, Emily, watches and giggles.

Are you kidding? No way!

“Aw, pisghetti,” Justin exclaims, smacking his lips as if in a post-eating, dreamy trance. His tongue darts around the plate, slurping and lapping up the leftover sauce.

“Young man! What are you doing?” I bang my fist on our kitchen table so hard that the silverware rattles.

And just like that, he snaps out of his hypnotic state and pokes his head from behind the plate. “But Mommy, it’s yummy.”

Before I can say anything else, Justin quickly runs his tongue over his lips, savoring whatever’s left of his favorite meal.

“Is that how you’d eat in a restaurant?” My eyes lock with his, and I’m so flabbergasted that it’s hard to speak….

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

I jolt out of bed from a deep sleep, hearing my two-year-old daughter’s familiar scream. “M-m-mommy! B-b-binky!”

Not again. Please, just one night of sleep.

Uh-oh, I don’t want Emily also waking up Justin, my newborn son. Without waiting another moment, I sprint down the hall to find her missing pacifier. Thankfully, she reduces her cry to a low groan as I fly through her doorway.

“M-m-more b-b-binky,” Emily sobs, reaching over her crib toward her binky savior—me.

So here I am, once again, standing in her room half asleep. I take a deep breath and speak slowly to control my frustration. “Emily, nighttime is sleep time. It’s time to sleep.”

As if on autopilot from this recurring routine, I pat her mattress in the dark and place the lost pacifier in her mouth. “Night, night. Go to sleep. I’ll see you in the morning.” Before leaving, I listen to the peaceful sucking sounds as she settles down.

On the way back to my bed, I tiptoe past Justin’s room, who fortunately slept through the missing binky drama.

Then the realization hits.

Yeeks!

If Emily has four screaming episodes per night, that’s around fifteen hundred binky runs a year. And with two kids, it could be twice this number.

That’s nearly three thousand times per year!

I shudder….

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

Not to be outdone by his sister, Justin shrieks at the top of his lungs, “I HATE SOCCER!”

My body shudders, not only from the loud noise but also because he kicked the seat in front of him, which happens to be right where I’m sitting. It felt like an earthquake tremor. Although he’s only five years old, he has one heck of a strong kick.

What a way to start the weekend.

I feel my stress level rise. Obviously, I have to do something because my daughter is hyperventilating and my son is shaking the car.

Thankfully, the school attendant is aware of the commotion and hasn’t asked me to drive away. Instead, she gives that sympathetic glance that connotes “I don’t envy you.” I smile back but really think, Argh, who wants this.

Slowly, I take a deep breath and then exhale, like the start of a meditation practice.

Yes, that’s what we’ll do….

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

“It’s time. Let’s go!” I stomp into the living room and stand in front of the TV, not looking forward to another nighttime battle.

“No fair. Not yet!” five-year-old Justin shouts, breaking his TV trance.

Emily springs off the couch and snatches the remote, trying to maintain control of the situation.

Excuse me! Who do they think is boss?

Not waiting another second, I lean over and push the on-off switch. The screen goes dark.

“HEY!” they scream in unison, and I’m not sure whose yell is louder.

“As I was saying, it’s time for bed.”

Ah, bedtime. One of my least favorite activities with its push-pull arguments. It always ends the same way with nagging and going to bed late.

Justin starts to yawn but clamps his mouth shut. Too late, I already noticed….


Check out the glowing 5-star reviews on Amazon.

★★★★★ A fun, positive and creative way to parent – must read!”

★★★★★ Great book and easy to implement!”

★★★★★“Insightful parenting techniques for challenging moments.”

★★★★★ “Delightful short stories that inspire creative parenting.”

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Table of Contents

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

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


This Playful Approach Works

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

Learn playful ways to stop struggling with your child and start having more fun. Look inside the book and check out the glowing 5-star reviews on Amazon.

You can find ParentingLet’s Make a Game of It in these online stores ($9.99 for the paperback and $7.99 for the eBook):

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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

 

“This new parenting book is changing the way I parent and leading to more happy days. Within a few chapters of this book, I was already inspired by the author’s creative approach to parenting. The stories in the book are just fun and inspirational to read. I definitely recommend this book for parents, whether new or experienced.” –Vicki, “Babies to Bookworms” book blogger

“This is a parenting book I can really get behind. This book leaves you feeling encouraged, and you are engaged the whole time. Since it reads like fiction, you can kick back and relax while reading it. My first instinct when facing a stressful or not fun situation with my children is to snap or focus on the problem rather than my children. This book shows me how to breathe, laugh, and turn it into a game. Much better than everyone being grumpy because mom was grumpy.” –Katie Chambers, parent and educator

Take a peek and look inside this book to read snippets and see the table of contents.