Parenting books usually make me a little nervous and cause more than a few eye rolls, since most tend to tout that they have the answer, the magical ONE WAY to parent that will lead to a happy home.
I can’t even do the exact same thing for all of my own children and have it work for them, so I’m skeptical of any author who claims their way is the magical solution.
That’s what’s different about The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World by Katie Hurley. She won me over early on by saying “One-size-fits-all parenting simply doesn’t exist in this world” and that you have to adapt for each child, that you can’t parent every child the same.
So instead of laying out some formula that wouldn’t work across the board, The Happy Kid Handbook says that if we do want to raise happy kids, we have to parent the kids we have.
The Happy Kid Handbook covers topics like helping your children understand emotion, embracing differences, and the importance of unstructured, child-directed play. There are suggestions for activities you can do with your child throughout, and there’s a variety of them: some will work better with kids who are more verbally expressive, some for artistic, some for the physically inclined. Again, it’s not one-size-fits-all, instead it’s practical suggestions that you can easily tailor to fit your own family.
Katie Hurley, LCSW, is a child and adolescent psychotherapist, parenting expert, and writer. She’s also a friend I met through writing years ago, which is why I agreed to read a review copy of her book, even with my apprehension about most parenting books. But, I should have known that any parenting book she would write would be full of practical tips and take into account that not all kids are the same: she’s a smart cookie that way.
The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World is available now and I highly recommend it!