“Love these inspiring stories! They shift unhappy and frustrating moments into fun learning experiences.”
—Alice Wahl Lachman, parent and educator
Don’t have time to read?
Parents are busy, so Parenting—Let’s Make a Game of It is easy to read with stand-alone chapters. Each one only takes 5-10 minutes.
It’s perfect for waiting in line or whenever you have a few moments.
You can also flip through the book to a specific section that addresses your particular parenting challenge.
Since it reads like fiction, it entertains as well as inspires playful parenting.
Meet Carrie and Her Kids
Like most parents, the mom in this book, 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.
Take a Peek Inside
Part I: Ugh, My Child Won’t Cooperate
- Pumpkin, Pumpkin, Drink: Getting Kids to Drink When They’re Sick
- Proud Member of the Clean Plate Club: Eating with Manners. (Read this sample chapter.)
- Do We Have to Visit a Dumb Art Museum? Making Museum Visits Fun
- Sixty Packets of Oatmeal: Using a Bar Graph to Incentivize Kids
- A Playful Let’s-Keep-The-House-Neat Unpacking Game: Using Music to Make Chores Fun
- Ooh, Where Do You Want to Go? Engaging Kids While Walking to the Airport Gate
- When You Wish Upon a Star: Assigning Chores with an Odd-Even Reward System
Part II: Oh No, My Child is Distressed
- Please, Just One Night of Sleep: Making a Child Feel Secure at Night
- Let’s Fly the Plane! Gaining Control to Tackle a Fear
- The Surprise Impromptu Dance Performance: Turning Fear into Fun
- The Secret Magical Breath: Teaching Stress Reduction with Mindful Breathing
- Winning the Spider Game: Tackling Fear Through Desensitization
- Why-I-Love-Indian-Food-So-Much-That-It’s-The-Only-Thing-I-Want-To-Eat: Teaching Writing Skills
- The Day We Screamed Profanities While Driving to Synagogue: Tackling Fear by Challenging the Inner Voice
Part III: Uh-Oh, My Child is Bored
- One, Three, Five, Seven, Nine. Odd Numbers Are Mighty Fine: Gas Station Guessing Game
- The Eyebrows-Raised-Head-Nodding Signal: Getting a Server’s Attention
- How Long Before Our Turn? Making a Game of Waiting in Lines
- Are We There Yet? Keeping Kids Entertained in the Car
- Passing Time with the Alphabet Search Game: Keeping Kids Busy and Quiet
Part IV: Yeeks, Everything is Overwhelming
- Where Do You Live? Memorizing Things to a Song
- Avoiding the Morning Madness: Empowering Kids with a Morning List
- Avoiding the Nighttime Nonsense: Empowering Kids with a Nighttime List and Fun Incentive
- The Clothespin School Folder Organizing Game: Managing All That School Info
- The Anything-But-Boring-Mommy-Daddy Calendar: Making Splitting Time Between Parents Easier for Kids
- The Spiffy Project Planning Calendar: Avoiding Procrastination
Part V: Oh Yeah, Live Life to the Fullest
- A Very Important Appointment: Taking Time to Cherish Life
Read a sample chapter and in a few minutes, you’ll gain new insights on getting kids to listen… and have a few laughs.
This Playful Approach Works
When you’re overwhelmed and your kids are driving you crazy, it’s definitely easier to nag or yell.
The last thing you want to do is be playful!
However, this approach really works.
It makes parenting easier and more fun and provides more family quality time.
Here’s How it Empowers Children
- Entertains kids when they’re bored and disruptive.
- Calms them when they’re upset and melting down.
- Stops them from whining and fussing.
- Makes writing, organizing schoolwork, and project planning more fun.
Still not sure? Look at reviews and praises from mommy bloggers, therapists, and parents.