- Book Style: Parenting style book for parents of children 0-18
- Reading Length: 120 minutes, 72 pages
- Author: Children To Leaders Foundation
- Purchase Page: Amazon – Kindle – $0.76 USD
Upwards is a parenting book that intends to help parents deal with their children, the effects of bullying, and avoiding bullying altogether. The book’s intention is to help children become leaders through managing their friendships and other relationships, and by helping parents identify and correct issues that crop up over time.
As a parent of a young child who’s about to start Kindergarten, I promise you that I’ve thought about bullying. My child isn’t one of those kids who’s going to be the big bully and who’s going to drive the behavior of everyone around him. Instead, he tends to be someone who just wants to have fun and enjoy life. He wants to play and he wants everyone to be friends.
What I liked about this book is it helped me identify the traits in him that will help him with bullies. It also helped me identify some other traits that I can help him grow and develop that will provide him even more barriers to bullies. It’s a complete guide as to what a bully is, and how we as parents can help our child deal with them. It’s also a complete guide in regards to how boy and girl bullies tend to differ and the impacts of their different styles.
What’s more, the book runs through some basic knowledge (that probably isn’t all that basic actually, but was presented as such). Our author actually runs through the different ages and associated friendship levels that come with each age. It’s nice to see the progression, and it gives the book a framework to explain the impacts of bullying and of losing friends at different ages. It also taught me a lot about my child in just a few short paragraphs.
Probably the most important component to this book is the fact that it addresses online bullying and social media. It details how you, as a parent, can help your child navigate the online world and to remain safe. The book even touches on some of the more predatory concerns with children on the internet, and I think it provides some great suggestions and techniques to help you deal with what is quickly becoming the most complex part of parenting.
I don’t know a parent that doesn’t think about their child’s interaction with the online world without major concern. We can’t keep them shielded from everything online, and so it has to become about limiting and then assisting (and open dialogue). This book helps you get to that place as quickly as possible, and I think it’s the best part of the book.
In the end, this book fits in exactly with the discussions going on in our society today. How do we stop bullying? How do we help our kids? How do we identify when our kid is being bullied? How do we stop this all online? It helps with all of those questions and more, and it does this all for $0.76 USD. That’s right, 76 cents. If you haven’t already, head over to Amazon and pick up this eBook right now. It’s a quick read, and it’ll help you guide your little one through many difficult issues.
Until next time…smash, crash, and learn!