You know when you find something really great, and you just want to share it with everyone? That’s exactly how I felt reading Parenting with Purpose, a wonderful soon-to-be-released ebook from Nina at Sleeping Should be Easy.
Nina was kind enough to take the time to answer some questions for us about herself and her wonderful book that had me nodding in agreement the whole way through. So, without further ado, here’s Nina…
Tell us about yourself and Parenting with Purpose.
Hi! My name is Nina and I’m a mom to three boys—a six-year-old and two-year-old twins. In 2010, I started my blog called Sleeping Should Be Easy where I wrote everything I was learning about being a mom. Parenting with Purpose focuses on many of the topics I that resonate with other parents, particularly those that dealt with positive discipline and parenting mindfully.
What inspired you to write Parenting with Purpose?
Put simply: my readers. Whether said explicitly (“You should write a book about this!” they said) or through the positive responses I received, I felt like what I was writing could help even more people with the wider audience a book provides. I also like the idea of having many of the samethemes I had been writing about in one place.
How did you get ideas for the book?
I knew I wanted to write a book about parenting, but I didn’t know exactly how to gather the ideas. I started outlining and brainstorming some of the most important points I had written about and many of them pointed to the concept of parenting with purpose and intention. Additionally, in the back of the book I list resources of other parenting books that have inspired me and guided me through my own parenting journey.
How will parents benefit from reading your book?
I hear from many parents how exasperated they feel when dealing with struggles with their children. I hope my book offers practical and positive ways to discipline. I want parents to feel confident with the way they handle conflict and be intentional with their parenting. So that wedon’t simply react, yell or throw punishments left and right, but rather parent with purpose.
At the end of your book you offer 20 actionable steps parents can take to build strong connections with their kids. They are all fantastic, but if you could only choose one (or at least one to start with), which would you choose and why?
Thank you! I would pick #10 as a good starting point (“Ask yourself why your child did what he did”). If we ask ourselves ‘why’ our children are acting the way they are, we see the situation from a completely different light. It’s so easy to see only the surface: Your child is whining, he’s throwing a tantrum, and he says ‘no’ to everything. But when we ask ourselves ‘why,’ then we dig deeper, can empathize and see things from their perspective. Suddenly we’re on the same, not opposing sides. We might even see that our kids aren’t behaving to be mischievous or to get us upset but instead may be curious, or not developmentally ready, or tired and hungry. (P.S. You can see all 20 actionable steps when you sign up for my newsletter and download the Bonus Chapter instantly.)
Where can we find Parenting with Purpose, and when will it be available?
You can get Parenting with Purpose on Amazon as both paperback and Kindle versions on October 18. In the meantime, you can sign up for the newsletter to get the latest news, several more free chapters and many chances to win the book!
Hey guys, it’s Emily again. Isn’t Nina great? Twins… that right there makes her supermom in my eyes. I know you’re going to love her book, and as if all of that wasn’t already exciting enough, Nina will be offering the ebook version of Parenting with Purpose for free on Amazon for 5 days only (October 18-22) so be sure to grab your copy!
I want to say a huge thank you to Nina for stopping by and sharing some behind the scenes info on Parenting with Purpose, and I can’t wait to hear how much you all love it too!
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