Book review: ‘How to raise great kids’

I am blessed to receive so many emails from readers, companies and generally cool people.  So many, in fact, that I simply don’t have time to review all of the products and requests that come through the pipeline.  Not the Alaska pipeline.  But the blog pipeline. Back on Thanksgiving Day 2016, I got a really nice email from Jim Gromer. And yes, you read that correctly.  It was Thanksgiving Day 2016 and I am just getting to this review.  I am embarrassed to admit this delay but I wanted to do this one and it took me far longer than it should have.  However, I am trying to raise great kids and I guess that is where the majority of my time goes.  To parenting and work, laundry, etc.  Well, you know the drill (total pun intended with the Alaska reference!)  We are all multitasking, right?

Anyway, my point is, sometimes, in a few sentences or so, you can tell someone is a kindred spirit; that you really have to take a longer look at this inquiry. That, if this person had been in your high school or was your neighbor, you would be friends.  I am like that.  I am intuitive about people.  At least, most of the time.

So let me tell you about the book ‘How to Raise Great Kids’ and how you can get it.  You can click that link ahead of time or you can wait and I can tell you what I like about it.  This book has tips for learning, games and general all around fun with your children.  What I loved about the concept was the onus was put on the children to be great…..raise great kids.  I like that.  Then some of the pressure is off… becomes a partnership and both parents and children are responsible for their greatness.  And the children are expected to be respectful, have fun, gain self-confidence and more.  Now, I know you are thinking, ‘I know everything about parenting….what could I learn?‘ Trust me, you don’t know everything.  None of us do.  And the minute we realize that, we become better parents instantly.

There is nothing better than a great book....well, a great book signed by the author!

There is nothing better than a great book….well, a great book signed by the author!

This book is filled with tips for communication, hygiene, safety, instilling faith and confidence in little ones and the list goes on.  The chapters are short and filled with great suggestions.  If you are parenting or know a parent or are invited to a baby shower, this is a gem of a book.  Here’s the link: How to Raise Great Kids…..don’t be like me and wait.  Enjoy!  Parent away!  And the author’s advice and my advice:  cherish every minute of it….yes, parenting can be really fun!  It sounds like an oxymoron but it is not!

Oh, and here’s my favorite line – “Life is messy but when you cherish the golden moments and power through the inevitable tough times, you give your family a fighting chance to leave a positive legacy.”  Sage advice from Jim Gromer!.


Great book for new parents! Win a copy!

Even though my youngest child is six years old, I never quite forgot the first days of panic and exhilaration that come with having a new baby.  Every burp or coo is reason for celebration or great concern and you can never be sure which it will be.  Right?  Remember those days?  Or if you haven’t experienced it, just wait.  I advise you get yourself prepared by talking to friends (just don’t listen to the horror stories) and more importantly, get some good reading material.

Not too long ago, I received an advanced copy of the book What’s Your Baby’s Poo Telling You?  The authors are Josh Richman and Anish Sheth, M.D.  It is cleverly labeled “a bottoms-up guide to your baby’s health”.  Those are their words, not mine.  That is a great description of what you will find inside.  To be honest, I wasn’t sure you could fill a whole book based on this concept but they did and it is packed with helpful facts and information for new parents.  It has chapters on diaper rash, supplies for diaper changing and how to hold a baby while changing them (even in an airplane bathroom, which can be very challenging).

Trust me, there is information in this book that I wish I knew when I had an infant.  I was one of those people who foolishly thought by the second child, who needs a changing table?  I spent the next year shuttling around my home either carrying or looking for the changing pad, the wipes, balm and so on.  You don’t need a changing table, but personally, I would highly recommend one.  Just saying.  I would also highly recommend getting a copy of this book.  It is an easy and fun read and you can keep it on the shelf as a reference guide.  And with as many diapers as new parents change and yes, examine what’s in the diaper for health concerns, you will need it!  Click the link below to order this book through Amazon using my affiliate code.   And to add to the excitement, I have a copy of this great book to raffle off to a lucky blog reader.  Just send your entry into the blog at and tell me in one sentence why you or someone you know wants or needs this guidebook.  Happy summer reading!  And happy future diaper changing!