I am participating in a Blog Tour to introduce Julie K. Nelson’s new book: Keep It Real and Grab a Plunger: 25 Tips for Surviving Parenthood. I received a copy of the book in order to facilitate my participation in the tour.
Keep It Real‘s subtitle, “25 Tips for Surviving Parenthood” is an understatement. The book contains 25 chapters and each one is pumped full of great tips!
Each chapter focuses on a a unique aspect of parenting and offers tips for surviving that phase or circumstance.
Julie Nelson writes with both wisdom and wit. I thoroughly enjoyed reading her insightful book and wish I’d had it when I was starting my family! However, even though my children are 11 to 20, I’m not too “grey” to learn from Julie’s wisdom and advice.
I’m not even sure where to begin to accurately express how much great content is in Keep It Real. Here are some examples:
5 Guidance Strategies (for Positive Parenting)
5 Tips for Creating Bedtime Routines
3 Exercises to Reduce or Reverse Anxiety
5 Tips to Help You & Your Family Beat a Bad Habit
3 Questions to Ask When Interacting With a Child During Conflict
5 Ground Rules for a Successful Family Meal Time
Strategies for Successfully Being a Step-parent
6 Intentional Acts to Foster Sibling Friendships
3 Approaches to Managing Technology Use in the Home
What Would the Grandma Version of Myself Do?
5 Reminders to “Tag” Children With Love (Avoid Negative Labels!)
4 Focus Areas for Building Traditions
Strategies for Surviving Long Road Trips
…and Much, Much More!
I wrote down some of my favorite quotes from the book. These are just a few!
No matter the trials we face, gratitude is the antidote for despair and anger.
Our hands are the architects of the next generation.
We are the most influential people in our child’s life, and those connections are usually made during uneventful, ordinary times of day.
Any time there is yelling, the battle has already been lost….
Siblings are the friends we didn’t choose….
Comparing one child to another denies each child his or her unique qualities.
A child can never have too many cheerleaders.
Be an example to your children and teach them that people deserve the same respect electronically that you would give them in face-to-face conversation.
Grandparents are perched high on the tree of wisdom, looking down with a proper perspective, and the view is wonderful.
Keep It Real and Grab a Plunger: 25 Tips for Surviving Parenthood received an endorsement (below) from Richard and Linda Eyre, New York Times bestselling authors. I read several of the Eyre’s books when my oldest was little! She is now an adult (almost 21) and I think it is pretty cool that I am now reviewing a book recommended by them! It makes the world seem a little more cozy. 🙂
Julie Nelson is a master at “keeping it real” as she gives sound advice amidst terrific stories of her own failures as well as successes as a parent. Her topics include the crucial importance of family rituals and teaching values while kids are young as well as how to stay positive amidst the chaos of raising a family, how to lift family members who make mistakes, and even how to successfully co-parent after divorce. Every parent can benefit from Julie’s extraordinary wisdom.
–Richard and Linda Eyre
Julie K. Nelson is an author, wife, and mother of five children. She has a master’s degree from Utah State University in Marriage, Family, and Human Development. She currently teaches at Utah Valley University. Her scholarly research and creative writing have been nationally published in journals, anthologies, and media outlets. She is a contributing expert on radio and television.
Julie K. Nelson is also known for her blog, A Spoonful of Parenting, and her first book, Parenting With Spiritual Power.