April 13, 2013

Kids in Training E-book Review & Giveaway



When my oldest (who is now twelve years old) was just a toddler, I remember experiencing an epiphany one day when I realized that at three or four years old, she was capable of much more than I had given her credit for. I started teaching her small tasks like where to put the soap and what buttons to push to start the dishwasher, or how to fold a pair of socks. They were simple chores that she mastered easily, and she was so proud of helping Mommy. She would tell my “mom” friends at church and play-dates about all her chores, and they would look at me like I was crazy. Ha! Truth be told, I had discovered the importance of starting young when teaching your children important life skills, and I had realized that our family ran much more smoothly when everyone pitched in.

Over the years, I’ll admit that I’ve become much more relaxed and less passionate about making sure my children learn independence, partly from getting older and partly from getting busier with four children in our family now. That’s why I jumped at the chance to check out Rebecca Dulgarian’s (of Blue Cricket Designs) brand-new parenting e-book Kids in Training. This AMAZING mom and blogger has put together a 52-page book all about training your children in life skills that will help them become healthy and thriving adults. It’s a fairly short read, and I devoured the book in only two sittings. I possibly could have read it in one sitting, but the kiddos kept interrupting. :)


As a experienced mother of four, I knew I wouldn’t find many parenting concepts in the book that were new to me, but I knew that I needed the reminder, and I was blown away by the creative solutions and ideas I found! The book is divided into ten chapters. Each chapter focuses on an area that children need instruction and training in, everything from etiquette and manners to household chores like the laundry.


I was reminded that my children need a reminder lesson in phone etiquette, and that they would also benefit from lessons in household maintenance like how to change a light bulb or air filter. This book really put a fire under my wings, and my kids have been a little taken aback by Mommy’s new plan of action around the house. So as not to overwhelm them or me, I have decided to tackle one chapter at a time. The mission this past week or so? Keeping their rooms clean. In Kids in Training, she lays out a points system that allows children to earn privileges or items that are valuable to them, all why learning the importance of tidying their rooms on a daily basis. I took this organized and easy-to-use plan and created each of my children a sticker chart. One sticker equals one day of a clean room. And just like Rebecca says in her book, I will not hesitate to mark through a square if they do not hold up their end of the bargain, because being consistent in the consequences is key!


Kids in Training is super easy to understand and the tips are simple to implement with any family. Each chapter covers one main area of training, complete with an explanation of the importance of that particular area, a solution, and creative ideas. I also love that each chapter ends with a short list of correlating tips. It’s a nice re-cap of the chapter topic. Kids in Training is a steal at only $7.95!


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*Thank you to Blue Cricket Designs for providing the e-books for review and giveaway. All opinions are 100% my own.*

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69 Responses to “Kids in Training E-book Review & Giveaway”

  1. Suzi says:

    Finally! A user manual for kids! 😉 Well, kind of, at least. I would LOVE this! I’m a stay at home mom, and because of that, I end up doing a lot for my girls (I have twin girls who just turned 6) as opposed to teaching them how to do it for themselves. I would say (right now) I’m struggling the most with getting them to keep their playroom and bedroom clean.

  2. Michelle Michelle says:

    I don’t have kids yet, so I’m adding this book to my list for the future! Thanks Angie! xox

  3. Stephanie says:

    I could use some ideas of how to get my 3.5 year old involved in household chores. I’m sure there are a great many more things I could learn from this book!

  4. Ashley says:

    I’m going to say most of it as I tend to not teach very well, is rather just do it! But especially the handy part because I’m not! (That’s what my husband is for!) 😉

  5. Rebecca says:

    With our oldest on the cusp of tennager-dom I would say respect is quickly turning into one of our biggest problems. It certainly doesn’t help that my mother-in-law undermines us every time I turn around :(

  6. Christi says:

    With 3 boys I could really use some help around the house! This would be perfect to start adding little things to their chores. I LOVE it!

  7. Jacki says:

    I love this! I have a 6 year old who is trying to be more self sufficient than I know how to let him be.

  8. Elizabeth says:

    I could definitely use a little assistance with training… :)

  9. Shelby P says:

    We are in the why stage? Would sure love some ripe to teach responsibility and to try o help my son understand why mommy and daddy has to fulfill their own responsibilities.

  10. Lisa Novak says:

    Wow, this book is hitting on something’s I’ve overlooked for our 10 and 12 yr olds! Could always use advice to raising responsible young ladies!

  11. Alicia says:

    I need help with all of the areas in this book with my two crazy little boys!

  12. kelly says:

    I would say teaching my kids how to “communicate with each other.”

  13. Mandy Adams says:

    As a teacher (6th grade), I find that a lot of my students lack these basic skills. They seriously lack in the responsibility and problem-solving areas. I really think it’s because parents make excuses for their little ones and don’t teach those skills through chores and helping around the house. My kids are only 1 1/2 and 3 months, but I would love the chance to learn new ways to get them involved at home as they get older. Thanks!

  14. Susan Schaffer says:

    Those are some great ideas as I have been trying to figure out how to get my daughter to do some of this things.

  15. Courtney says:

    The area I struggle with the most is keeping a room clean and orderly. I have two teenagers :/

  16. samantha says:

    This would be so awesome!

  17. Andrea says:

    We give our children a fair share of chores, but being consistent in the life of a busy family is where we struggle most.

  18. Chantelle A. says:

    I can’t wait to read it and learn from it.

  19. jenny says:

    I so need this book! I have a 10yr old and a 7yr old that really struggle with keeping a room clean. They can pick up their rooms and the rest of the house with my guidance and even love to help with cleaning bathrooms, laundry, yard work and dishes; all of that with my guidance though. I would love to be able to say “go clean your room” and just see it done! How do you teach independance??

  20. Sunnie says:

    Mine is keeping a room clean!

  21. Emily says:

    I could use some serious help with good manners! Sigh….

  22. Katie R says:

    I could really REALLY use this book! I have three girls, and all are primed and ready for more responsibility in the home (6, 4.5, and 3). We could use a refresher in good manners, as well as keeping a home, and keeping their shared room clean. Oy.

  23. Jan says:

    I’ve got an 8 month old now, so I’m very interested in learning more about starting early to establish good habits for her.

  24. Lori says:

    I have 3 kids and I think communication is where we really struggle. Although I could really use some help teaching them manners too!

  25. Jennifer says:

    I need so much help teaching my three year old to clean his room. With all those toys he just gets distracted.

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