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Parenting with a Story : Real-Life Lessons in Character for Parents and Children to Share
by Paul Smith


Overview - 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.
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Overview
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.

Free companion discussion guide on the author's site: Lead with a Story


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780814433577
  • ISBN-10: 081443357X
  • Publisher: Amacom
  • Publish Date: November 2014
  • Page Count: 272
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-NA


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Books > Family & Relationships > Parenting - General

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-09-15
  • Reviewer: Staff

Smith extends the didactic model for corporate motivation that he introduced in Lead with a Story into the realm of parenting, giving doting fathers a collection of over 100 true-life stories to help them give advice to their kids. In general, the anecdotes illustrate such traditional moral values as courage, self-discipline, kindness, and humility. In general, the perspective is middle-class, middle-aged, and, perhaps, unrelatable for today’s children and teens. Current key topics like social media and sexuality, with which older parents may need the most help, are skipped. A few celebrity stories appear, such as one about Larry Bird choosing an agent, but for the most part, these everyday success stories and life lessons blend together blandly when presented in such rapid sequence. The author recommends that parents retell favorite selections in their own words; he even provides a chart at the conclusion to help match the right tales to the right situations. Smith creates a model for parents seeking to steer their kids toward good choices by traditional examples, but for those practicing more modern parenting styles, there’s less of value here. (Nov.)

 
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