Like most parents, I just want the best for my kids. One of the hardest things I’ve ever done so far in my life is parenting. Now that my kids are a little older now, my fears have changed from, “How I’m going to keep this baby alive today” to “How am I going to raise happy successful kids?” When we think about our kids’ future, we want to believe that they will be happy, successful people. Among many parenting mysteries, one of which is how to raise happy children.
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If I was asked the question, “What do you want for your kids?” I would tell them, “I want them to be happy,” with a close second response being, “I want them to be successful.” It’s an easy question for most parents to answer but the real question is, “How do you raise happy children?”
Answering a Parenting Mystery: How to Raise Happy Children A Book Review
Before reading this book, I don’t think I would be able to answer that question. Raising happy children has so many influencing factors and the discussion could go on forever. I think we almost immediately think, “A happy child probably had a good upbringing.” Truthfully, most parents would probably say, “That’s complicated,” but what if there was a simple formula to it all? If you’re like me, you probably didn’t believe it either. It really can’t be that easy because then it wouldn’t be a parenting mystery and I certainly wouldn’t call it “simple.”
About the Book
Title: A Simple Formula for Raising HAPPY Children ©2013
Author: Rabbi Roger Herst
Want your kids to be happy? If you’re like most parents, it’s your most fervent wish. But is this just a pipe dream? Or is happiness more substantive? Is it possible that parents can actually do something constructive to create happy children? YES, THEY CAN! A “Simple Formula for Raising Happy Children” provides the ingredients of happiness and enumerates nine steps to ensure your children will be happy.
For such a complicated question, I expected to receive a book that resembled the size of a dictionary. Fortunately it was less than 100 pages and it’s not written like most traditional parenting books I’ve read. The context is completely in Q&A form between the author, Rabbi Roger Herst, and an unnamed parent. The two dive into parenting philosophy that is easy to read and follow. This short book outlines 9 simple steps in Herst’s formula to child happiness and is written in such a way that the unnamed parent comes to the same logical conclusion without having to first list those 9 steps out.
Key Points About the Book:
- It is a quick easy-to-read book for parents on-the-go that doesn’t have the time to dive into the philosophy of parenting and childhood development.
- This book gives you practical advice that you can implement in your daily life.
“This formula makes sense…” –Michael Dobson, author of Managing Up and other self-improvement books“This book pushes us to question commonly-held beliefs and intuitions about parenting that–although well-intentioned–often don’t help children cope with life’s challenges. Dr. Herst encourages us to think about the steps that allow children to become independent, effective decision-makers prepared for life.” –Betsy Olney, principal, Hyde Leadership Charter School (New York)“The reader learns of Aristotle’s dictum, ‘Happiness is activity of the soul in accord with virtue.’ A wise, thoughtful and, above all, practical book.” –Denis Doyle, Winning the Brain Race and Reinventing Education
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