4 out of 4 stars
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Being a parent is the world’s hardest job, but it is certainly not an art. As Patricia King illustrates in her book, there is no blueprint or cookbook way to follow when it comes to raising your kids. There is only one rule: a parent needs to be their kids’ Child Executive Officer, or CEO. In The Non-Art of Parenting, Patricia King laid the foundations for her very own approach to parental leadership. As the mother of two accomplished millennials, the author believes that it is the parents’ responsibility to ensure the well-being and success of their kids.
The main argument pervading The Non-Art of Parenting is that children cannot raise themselves: they need parents to teach them everything they have to know to successfully navigate life and become healthy and productive members of society. While there is no universal recipe for parenting, the author shares a few basic principles for child-rearing. Each chapter contains a practical lesson that parents can implement in their everyday life: from learning the spirit of sacrifice to creating a strong support system, and from maximizing your involvement in your child’s life to making sure to maintain your household clean and safe. In each chapter, Patricia King shares practical tips that relate to the main lesson and can be applied to a wide array of situations. For example, she suggests ways for the parent to complete small household chores, while at the same time spending quality time with their child.
There are many aspects of the book that I truly appreciated. What I liked the most about it was that The Non-Art of Parenting is both versatile and down-to-earth. While advising parents to never step down from their CEO positions, Patricia King acknowledges that all children have their own personality, likes, and dislikes. Hence, parents ultimately have to carefully tailor their approach to parenting according to their specific situations, never forgetting the golden rule to appoint themselves CEOs of their kids. Furthermore, the author does not think that extraordinary assets are necessary when it comes to parenting: a successful outcome in raising your kids does not depend on your resources, but on how well you use what you have. These aspects make the approach presented in the book highly versatile and adaptable.
I also liked the importance placed on parental well-being. The author emphasizes that success in raising healthy and successful children hinges on the parent’s holistic well-being. While her approach is centered around the importance of having a laser focus on prioritizing the children’s best interest, Patricia King encourages parents to take good care of themselves and tend to their own emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. She also urges them to continuously be on the lookout for resources and opportunities for personal development and self-growth.
The book is written very straightforwardly, and the way it is organized makes it easy to retain the information presented in it. At the end of each chapter, the author included a bullet-point list of key takeaways summarizing its contents: this encourages readers to pick up the book whenever they feel like they want to revise its contents. I must also note that the book seems professionally edited, since I only came across a couple of errors.
There was nothing I disliked about The Non-Art of Parenting. Hence, it gains a perfect score of 4 out of 4 stars. While I am not a parent at the moment, I certainly want to have kids in the future. When it is time, I will be sure to pick up this book again to benefit from the immensely useful resources it offers. I recommend it to parents or readers who are interested in parenting. I think that Christian parents will especially benefit from reading this book, as Christian principles are the spiritual foundations of the author’s approach.
The Non-Art of Parenting
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