A straightforward, useful, and compassionate coaching manual for parenting.

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PARENT TO PARENT

A PERSONAL JOURNEY OF RAISING EXTRAORDINARY CHILDREN BY TEACHING ESSENTIAL LIFE SKILLS

A debut guide focuses on contemporary parenting.

In this comprehensive manual, the author makes clear that her book is about “the emotional health of your children and not about rules regarding bedtimes, napping or what to feed your child.” This friendly, no-nonsense tone reverberates throughout the work, which centers on the basics and insights that Fulla has acquired over many years of raising her own children as a single mother. As she acknowledges from the outset, the world of 21st-century parenting has a wide array of challenges no previous generation faced, including the ubiquity of the internet and all-pervasive video games and social media sites. The outside world intrudes far more and far earlier than it ever did, but one of the author’s earliest and most sustained lessons for her readers is to look inward rather than outward. They should ask themselves questions about their own upbringing and unearth the lessons about parenting it might inadvertently have taught them. This motif of questioning assumptions recurs frequently; Fulla’s effective strategy is to encourage her readers to examine the fundamentals of the very concept of parenting. Always the stress is on patience and understanding, on remembering that although the modern adult world is full of distractions and contradictions, children don’t yet live in that realm and can only be treated fairly—and raised healthily—by parents who constantly remind themselves of that. In this helpful and empathetic guide, parents are entreated to remember the tremendous responsibility of their position as the gatekeepers of so much of what their children learn about society (“If we want our children to do as we say,” the author writes as one example, “perhaps we should look at the words we give them”). Fulla lucidly reminds her readers to respect the individuality of their children—listen to what they’re saying; don’t tell them how to feel. Although much of this advice borders on the self-evident, it’s all presented with an approachable bluntness and self-deprecating wisdom that should make the book invaluable for many parents, especially first-timers.

A straightforward, useful, and compassionate coaching manual for parenting.

Pub Date: Oct. 23, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-5255-1117-2

Page Count: 127

Publisher: FriesenPress

Review Posted Online: Feb. 15, 2018

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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Analyzing his craft, a careful craftsman urges with Thoreauvian conviction that writers should simplify, simplify, simplify.

SEVERAL SHORT SENTENCES ABOUT WRITING

New York Times columnist and editorial board member delivers a slim book for aspiring writers, offering saws and sense, wisdom and waggery, biases and biting sarcasm.

Klinkenborg (Timothy; or, Notes of an Abject Reptile, 2006), who’s taught for decades, endeavors to keep things simple in his prose, and he urges other writers to do the same. (Note: He despises abuses of the word as, as he continually reminds readers.) In the early sections, the author ignores traditional paragraphing so that the text resembles a long free-verse poem. He urges readers to use short, clear sentences and to make sure each one is healthy before moving on; notes that it’s acceptable to start sentences with and and but; sees benefits in diagramming sentences; stresses that all writing is revision; periodically blasts the formulaic writing that many (most?) students learn in school; argues that knowing where you’re headed before you begin might be good for a vacation, but not for a piece of writing; and believes that writers must trust readers more, and trust themselves. Most of Klinkenborg’s advice is neither radical nor especially profound (“Turn to the poets. / Learn from them”), and the text suffers from a corrosive fallacy: that if his strategies work for him they will work for all. The final fifth of the text includes some passages from writers he admires (McPhee, Oates, Cheever) and some of his students’ awkward sentences, which he treats analytically but sometimes with a surprising sarcasm that veers near meanness. He includes examples of students’ dangling modifiers, malapropisms, errors of pronoun agreement, wordiness and other mistakes.

Analyzing his craft, a careful craftsman urges with Thoreauvian conviction that writers should simplify, simplify, simplify.

Pub Date: Aug. 7, 2012

ISBN: 978-0-307-26634-7

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Knopf

Review Posted Online: May 14, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2012

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