Tell a young person what to do - play fair, be yourself, stick to the task at hand - and most will tune you out. But show them how choices and consequences play out in the real world, with real people, and the impact will be far more profound. Parenting with a Story gathers 101 narratives from people around the world and from all walks of life, reflecting unexpected moments of clarity about who they are and how they should treat others. The lessons illuminate the power of character - integrity, curiosity, creativity, grit, kindness, patience, gratitude, and more - to prepare us for anything. Sometimes heart-wrenching, sometimes funny, always compelling, these stories impart wisdom and help steer choices about:
Resisting peer pressure
Making courageous decisions
Standing by their word
Bouncing back from failure
Picking friends wisely
Stories help shape who we are and who we aspire to become. Share these, discuss them, and watch your child grow into the adult you'll be proud of.
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Reminds me of being with my Dad
I've read about 10 parenting books in the past 5 years and Parenting With A Story is my favorite book to date. Paul Smith delivers even better than he did with Leading With A Story.
My favorite story in this book is where a kid attends a business lunch with his father. His father ordered a "girly" lunch and was jeered by his male coworkers. After much teasing,his father stuck with his decision. That single instance continually gives strength and courage to his son to blaze his own path in life.
I always love listening to a book narrated by the author. Paul Smith keeps the reader engaged by adding his own personal emphasis on the stories he tells.
One of the things I love about this book is the stories are instantly applicable in life. And because they are stories, they are easy to remember. One story talks about a boy who wanted a sidewalk between his neighborhood and his school. His teacher asked him a simple question, "What are you going to do about that?" The boy wrote a letter to the mayor and a sidewalk was put in. I've used this same question with my daughter twice in the last week. It is so empowering for her.
The part I love most about this book is it reminds me of my Dad. I lost my Dad just over a year ago and hearing the stories in this book takes me back to the times when I messed up or did not know what to do and my Dad told me a story. Thanks Paul!
Everything I hoped for and more.
- jeff youngman