Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tantrums, Troubles and Treasures Oh My! A Review & Giveaway

Tantrums, Troubles, and Treasures is a book meant to help great parents become even better. The book covers a variety of topic such as presence with children, handling arguments in the home, bullying, and reflection. Each chapter starts with a quote that sets the tone and end with a small assignment to reinforce the point of the chapter. By the time the book is finished, the reader will have a lot more tools to use at their discretion in their parenting tool belt.

Stories for Children Publishing will be touring Author Clayton Paul Thomas and his book, “Tantrums, Troubles, and Treasures: A Parent Guide to Parenting in the 21st Century” all month long in July 2011.

What parent hasn't had a difficult day being a parent? Author Clayton Thomas uses his experience as an elementary teacher to break down certain aspects of parenting. He is also a  parent so the things he suggests are things he has attempted to model with his own children.

This resource is entertaining as well as enlightening. Mr. Thomas gives illustrations of behaviors and how certain actions affected those behaviors. His suggestions are positive and he has had positive outcomes with the children he has been lucky enough to know and to teach. The book is divided into chapters which tackle one major point at a time and he gives a small assignment at the end of the chapters to help illustrate his point and to help parents relate the point to their parenting.

The lessons in the book give parents permission to learn how to be more effective when talking with their child and with teaching children the behavior they expect. He is also clear that children are human and will mess up from time to time. He discourages loud yelling or other parental ineffective responses and goes on to show the reader other more effective techniques.

Although the goal is to have children who know how to behave and choose to do it, the author also gives good illustrations regarding discipline when a child's behavior warrants consequences. His practical no nonsense approach works and parents gain the respect they seek when trying to teach life lessons.

I appreciate the book as parent because it puts more emphasis on developing positive parenting skills rather than concentrating on the negative behaviors of the child. So often what we as parents read is more negative than positive. It is good to read the good things others see in our children, even those kids who are difficult.

 I think any parent would benefit from reading this book. If the reader keeps an open mind and puts some of these positive parenting techniques to use on a continual basis, the behavior of the children affected will improve.

You can find out more about Clayton Paul Thomas’s World of Ink Author/Book Tour schedule at http://storiesforchildrenpublishing.com/ClaytonPThomas.aspx. There will be giveaways, reviews, interviews, guest posts and more. Make sure to stop by and interact with Clayton Paul Thomas and the hosts at the different stops by leaving comments and/or questions. Clayton Paul Thomas will be checking in throughout the tour and is offering an additional giveaway for those who leave comments throughout the tour.

In addition, come listen to Blog Talk Radio’s World of Ink Network show: Stories for Children at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/worldofinknetwork. The hosts VS Grenier, Kris Quinn Chirstopherson and Irene Roth chatted with Clayton about his book, parenting tips, writing, the publishing industry and experiences with virtual tours. Clayton will also be sharing writing tips and trials, and tribulations of the writer’s life. The show aired live July 4, 2011 at 2pm EST (1pm Central, 12pm MST, and 11am PST). You can listen on demand at the World of Ink Network site at http://www.blogtalkradion.com/worldofinknetwork

To learn more about the World of Ink Tours visit Stories for Children Publishing at: http://storiesforchildrenpublishing.com

For more information on the Author, Clayton Paul Thomas, follow him on Facebook

The Giveaway: A copy of Tantrums, Troubles, and Treasures: A Parent Guide to Parenting in the 21st Century

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