Love, Magic and Mudpies
by: Bernie Siegel, MD
Published by: Rodale
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Review by Amanda Schafer
Subtitled: Raising Your Kids to Feel Loved, Be Kind, and Make a Difference
Siegel offers a simple, easy-to-read book for parents on raising children to feel loved. Divided into eight parts, we're shown how to create family values, show love, be comedians, get creative, use the three Rs, work through rocky roads, encourage a child's soul, and care for ourselves as well. Each section is then divided into topics--short, two-paged devotional-type messages, starting with a famous quote and ending with a gray box entitled "How to Make the Magic," which offers tips on how to incorporate that topic into your life.
This book could easily be a daily reading for a parent, with over 100 topics to work through over the course of a few months.
I really enjoyed working through this book and trying some of the tips and tricks within my own family. I especially like this particular line in the book: "The key ingredient...is love. You cannot consume too much love nor become deficient by giving too much away. ...If love makes the bricks out of which you build your life, laughter and humor are the mortar."
Everything in our parenting boils down to love...our discipline, our laughter, and our friendships with our children. How we treat them is how we show our love to and for them. By following the vast array of advice from this book, any parent...any family...would benefit greatly.
Armchair Interviews says: It's a nice little handbook for great parenting!
Author's Web site: http://www.berniesiegelmd.com
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