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The "Perfect" Parent: 5 Tools for Using Your Inner Perfection to Connect with Your Kids

Spring 2015 Non-Fiction
Ages: All Ages
Author: Roma Khetarpal
ISBN: 978-1-62634-103-6
Hardcover Price: $15.95

Long-time counselor and educator Roma Khetarpal writes in her book's introduction that "the perfect parent for your child is you." It takes pressure off the daunting phrase in her title right away, which is her point.

She approaches parenting like a nutritionist might approach a health or weight-loss goal. She emphasizes that habits change a little at a time, small improvements can be made every day no matter how impossible the big picture seems, and there will always be slips but don't sweat it.

As the title suggests, the book focuses on five basic tools, all essentially about communication -- how we speak to, listen to, see and react to our kids. Several of her case studies were things I have experienced or am currently challenged by, so I was able to put some of the tools into action right away. They're applicable at every stage of parenting, and none felt intimidating or vague. This is a clear, concise and easy-to-read set of instructions.

The end of each chapter includes a parenting affirmation and helpful summary of takeaways. Even better, she rounds them all up again in a final chapter called the Toolbox. Kheterpal, in this enjoyable read, makes a solid case that it's never too late to be a healthier parent.

Teresa DiFalco   ©2015 Parents' Choice
Teresa DiFalco is an award-winning ghostwriter, writer, and mother in Vancouver, Washington. She's been a contributing editor for Parents' Choice for over ten years. She's a strong speller, a menace at badminton, and makes a decent soufflé.

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