“Love these inspiring stories! They shift unhappy and frustrating moments into fun learning experiences.”
–Alice Wahl Lachman, parent and educator
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 This Light-Hearted Book
No Time to Read? No Problem.
Parents are busy, so Parenting—Let’s Make a Game of It is easy to read with short, stand-alone chapters. Since each one only takes 5-10 minutes, it’s perfect for waiting in line or whenever you have a spare moment. Reading like fiction, the “how to” messages are told through whimsical stories, to entertain as well as inspire.
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
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.
Don’t just take my word for it, see how this book has helped parents worldwide.
- 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.
Read a sample chapter and in a few minutes, you’ll learn the secret to making chores fun.