April 13, 2013

Kids in Training E-book Review & Giveaway

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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. :)

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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.

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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!

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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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Click below to order your copy of “Kids in Training” for $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. jenica ward says:

    I don’t have kids yet, but i would love to get a head start on learning about training them to be independent! :)

  2. joy says:

    Have a kindergarten and preschooler I would like to teach all those things esp. good manners and serving others

  3. Gabby says:

    This might be helpful in the classroom too. Or maybe I just need to recommend it to some of my parents.

  4. Angel says:

    I have the hardest time with getting my children to understand the importance of serving others and treating others how you want to be treated. And unfortunately, this is mostly in our own home! How can they be respectful to strangers but not each other?! I’d love a chance to read this book and see what I could be doing wrong.
    And thank you for your wonderful tips as well:)

  5. Ronni says:

    I’ve got a 1 1/2 hr old and I’m sure I could learn a few good ideas from this ebook Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Erica says:

    Ooooh, as we’re expecting our first child now and I have no idea what I’m doing, this would be great! Really interested in advice for parenting happy, productive kids. Thanks for the chance. :)

  7. Heidi S. says:

    I could really use this book. I have three girl, ages 7, 6 and 3. We really struggle with manners and keeping their rooms clean, but I could learn a lot from all of the chapters in the book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. Megan Ryder says:

    My daughter is only 1 but I struggle with saving money and being frugal. I’d love to be able to teach her how to be smart with her money and not follow in my footsteps in that department.

  9. I think I struggle the most with communication and could definitely use this to help my kids. Thanks for the chance to win!

  10. Julie W says:

    This sounds like a great book for my 3 kids under 4, especially the chapter on Serving Others. Thanks!

  11. Jana C. says:

    Have been trying to figure out how to do this for a while now. Could really use some more tips and tricks because maybe I just haven’t found the right set for my kids.

  12. Tara K says:

    sound like a fantastic book. would love to read this

  13. Marcy says:

    I could really use this. I hope I win! :)

  14. Dezi A says:

    We probably struggle most with keeping their own rooms clean and orderly, I’m not the best at going in and checking all the time so sometimes I find they tell me it’s clean when there’s still lots of stuff on top of shelves and desks.

  15. Melanie says:

    We really need to work on communication around here. I find myself saying “use words, please” more than anything else during the day.

  16. ashlee says:

    I have two little boys. We all need help in alot of these areas specifically clean room, laundry and communication. They are still little and love to help do everything. I am hoping to have to patience and allow them to help with what they can so as they grow up they will be hard workers! Thank you for the opportunity!

  17. Stephanie says:

    Working as a team, I usually finally it easier to do it myself.

  18. Lisa says:

    The struggle I have is keeping rooms clean and orderly.

  19. Judith i says:

    We have trouble working as a team. Hubby is gone during the week and the kids and I are still working on how to work together to keep things smooth.

  20. Erica says:

    Teaching my kids to serve and think of others is something I’m working on. Would love some fresh ideas!

  21. Lindsay says:

    I struggle with communication and getting my son to understand that with his help on chores he could do that we would have more time for fun in the long run.

  22. I struggle most with modeling it all and including them.

  23. Ashleigh Hall says:

    I would like help with getting my kids to follow directions the first time and with them be appreciative and serving others!

  24. Jennifer Delk says:

    This looks like a neat book!! Would love to check it out!!

  25. Christin says:

    A clean and orderly room for sure, but really all of them!


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