Chicken Soup for the Soul: Parenthood

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Chicken Soup for the Soul (2013)
400 pages
Self Help (Motivational and Inspirational)

Another great Chicken Soup for the Soul book for parents. I love that this one is written by moms and dads of all kinds and not just for one or the other. I especially enjoyed the stories by men as it’s less often that you hear about the joys of parenting from men.

It was only a few stories in that I read the FUNNIEST story. So funny I was cracking up laughing in the bathroom (because that happens to be where I was reading it.) Anyone in the house must have though I’d gone crazy I was laughing so hard. I’m pretty sure I had trouble breathing.

STOP – Before you read on, swallow your drink, put down the breakables and prepare for extreme laughter!

Excerpt from Baby Steps by Rob L. Berry

“The moment when I realized I was in way over my head will be forever etched in my memory. […] After reaching the changing table, I was confused by my inability to get my son to lie flat on the table. His legs seemed oddly strong for a seven-day-old. I turned the light on to discover that I had picked up my cat instead of my son. I knew it was time to get some sleep, or to get some therapy. Or maybe both.” – Chapter One, Page 10

Not all the stories are humourous although there are plenty of them. Some are touching, some are a bit sad and some will bring you good memories of when your child(ren) did something similar.

You have got to love the cartoons that are included in most Chicken Soup for the Soul books, they are always SO funny!

From Beginning to End

There are 14 chapters on different life lessons or aspects of parenting:

  1. Becoming a Family
  2. All in a Day’s Work
  3. Is There a Manual For This?
  4. Parenting Faux Pas
  5. Stop and Smell the Roses
  6. Learning From Each Other
  7. Treasured Moments
  8. From the Mouths of Babes
  9. What Goes Around Comes Around
  10. Love Conquers All
  11. Saying Thank You
  12. Giving Them Wings to Fly

When you are having a tough day as a parent, pull out this book and take a few moments to read the stories. Reading these stories will remind you of the good times you’ve had as a family and allow you to appreciate your family.

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About Kathleen

I've been a nonfiction lover for as long as I can remember. I love children's nonfiction as well and love to share my knowledge and the books I gained them from, with the world. I wish more people would give nonfiction a chance.