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Publisher's Summary

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
Remaining open-minded
Being humble
Making courageous decisions
Standing by their word
Bouncing back from failure
Showing compassion
Picking friends wisely
And more

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.
©2015 Paul Smith (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By jacobposey on 03-03-15

Reminds me of being with my Dad

Where does Parenting with a Story rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Parenting 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.

What does Paul Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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.

Any additional comments?

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!

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5 out of 5 stars
By jeff youngman on 04-27-15

Everything I hoped for and more.

As a single father of 2 late teen daughters I am always open for help and ideas when it comes to parenting. So when I first heard Paul on a local radio station being interviewed and an excerpt from this book being played I thought that this book would be a great read for me. The excerpt was the story of the football team making fun of the girl who's best friend was her mother. It was a very moving story that piqued my interest and as much as I had hoped the rest of the book was equally as good. The audio book unlike several others that I have listened to had an extra passion to it that I haven't found in the others. I can only point my finger on the fact that it is read by Paul himself that gives it a nice personal and passionate touch. I have already recommended to many friends and family and can't wait to dig into some of Pauls other works most notably next on my list is Lead with a story.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Kemi on 10-20-16

Good book but poor audio

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?


Any additional comments?

I think i would have found this book handy having just listened to "Lead with a story" however, the audio on is diabolical. I will be returning the book.

I usualy listen to a mimum of an hour a day but have only managed 2 hours in the two weeks I have had this book.

I will repurchase if the audio on it is improved and is not such hard-going. Shame really, I could really have used the stories in the book

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5 out of 5 stars
By H on 02-13-15

Surprisingly useful

As I was listening to this audio book I was at first sceptical. Then I found myself sharing some of the stories from the book quite naturally with my 5 year old. Stories are a powerful way to teach valuable life lessons.

There are free additional resources (including discussion starters) available on the author's web site, described at the end of the book. Overall, I recommend this book.

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