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There are lots of wrong ways to bring up your kids, but there are lots of right ones, too. There's no list of instructions you have to follow to the letter if you don't want your child to end up a loser. This book presents the principles to follow which you can adapt to suit you and your children. Beginning with the first rule Relax and continuing through 100 rules, this b There are lots of wrong ways to bring up your kids, but there are lots of right ones, too. There's no list of instructions you have to follow to the letter if you don't want your child to end up a loser. This book presents the principles to follow which you can adapt to suit you and your children. Beginning with the first rule Relax and continuing through 100 rules, this book presents a guide to everything a parent needs to know from toddling, school, boyfriends or girlfriends, through driving lessons and college. The book begins with a section that covers the most important rules, The Rules for Staying Sane. The rest of the sections cover the some of the big questions of parenting, including the Attitude Rules, the Discipline Rules, the Sibling Rules, the School Rules, the Teenage Rules, the Crisis Rules, all the way up to the Grown-up Rules.


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There are lots of wrong ways to bring up your kids, but there are lots of right ones, too. There's no list of instructions you have to follow to the letter if you don't want your child to end up a loser. This book presents the principles to follow which you can adapt to suit you and your children. Beginning with the first rule Relax and continuing through 100 rules, this b There are lots of wrong ways to bring up your kids, but there are lots of right ones, too. There's no list of instructions you have to follow to the letter if you don't want your child to end up a loser. This book presents the principles to follow which you can adapt to suit you and your children. Beginning with the first rule Relax and continuing through 100 rules, this book presents a guide to everything a parent needs to know from toddling, school, boyfriends or girlfriends, through driving lessons and college. The book begins with a section that covers the most important rules, The Rules for Staying Sane. The rest of the sections cover the some of the big questions of parenting, including the Attitude Rules, the Discipline Rules, the Sibling Rules, the School Rules, the Teenage Rules, the Crisis Rules, all the way up to the Grown-up Rules.

30 review for The Rules of Parenting: A Personal Code for Raising Happy Confident Children

  1. 5 out of 5

    Manal Omar

    This book is the perfect gift you can give to new parents. Actually, it's a perfect book for any parent any time. I highly recommend it for all parents. It's eye-opening, funny, and important. I've been reading it and rereading it for almost a year now, and i'm sure it will never be back on the shelf. It's a book you keep around to go back to any moment. It really is that important. This book is the perfect gift you can give to new parents. Actually, it's a perfect book for any parent any time. I highly recommend it for all parents. It's eye-opening, funny, and important. I've been reading it and rereading it for almost a year now, and i'm sure it will never be back on the shelf. It's a book you keep around to go back to any moment. It really is that important.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tuqa

    I thought I will find new tips or rules in this book but I was wrong. Most of the rules I already know and aware of, but the author gives you the big picture and reminds you how good to follow the tips in an inspiring way. My babies are still under 1 year old, so definitely I will come to this book again in a year time. simply written. P.S. I read the Arabic translation which I would rate 1 or 2.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    I LOVED this book. I think I dog eared and underlines on almost every other page. Much of the info is pretty basic...but such good reminders and "oh yeah..." moments. Made me excited about the journey I am on as a parent. Very good read!! Recommened for all stages of parenting! I LOVED this book. I think I dog eared and underlines on almost every other page. Much of the info is pretty basic...but such good reminders and "oh yeah..." moments. Made me excited about the journey I am on as a parent. Very good read!! Recommened for all stages of parenting!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Zainab

    This is the fourth and final parenting book I’m reading. (I can finally say I’m ready to raise children who will be the best of their generation. Yes, I know I had said I’m not having any, that’s exactly why I said that.) I had a lot of "seriously??" moments while reading the book. It’s true that most of it is helpful, but it has suggestions that are not really advisable. On some level, they can be a bad influence (allowing children to swear when they're old enough...?) or basically a joke. How This is the fourth and final parenting book I’m reading. (I can finally say I’m ready to raise children who will be the best of their generation. Yes, I know I had said I’m not having any, that’s exactly why I said that.) I had a lot of "seriously??" moments while reading the book. It’s true that most of it is helpful, but it has suggestions that are not really advisable. On some level, they can be a bad influence (allowing children to swear when they're old enough...?) or basically a joke. How can anyone ask parents to do such a thing as "hide from your kids"? I remember that, on a few occasions, I had to throw the book across my bed because some rules were outrageous like that. The author’s informal style of writing makes him quite honest, and that can be truly effective in influencing parents to replace their bad parenting habits with good ones. However, I thought he was somewhat too casual on some level. You’d feel he didn’t really consider the fact that some people might follow his advice word for word, so he wasn't careful enough with his suggestions and analyses. Sometimes, I felt he wasn’t really qualified to write such a book. The fact that he wrote a series of books on guides for various aspects of life based on his “observations” and “experience” makes his knowledge a little bit questionable (the fact that they don’t have high ratings is proof). The book was also not well-edited. It has grammatical mistakes and needs a lot of content editing.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Booksdingle

    Helpful advice but abit overwhelming, I wanted to read about where to start if you've not followed 'the Rules' but didn't really tell me that - left feeling could be too late Helpful advice but abit overwhelming, I wanted to read about where to start if you've not followed 'the Rules' but didn't really tell me that - left feeling could be too late

  6. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    There were lots of little things I disliked in this book that I would probably have overlooked, had the author not included the following line, (talking about mothers being grossed out by snakes): "I thought long and hard about whether to say this as I know it's sexist, but frankly it always is the mother. " This just left me annoyed for the rest of the book. Hopefully the author realizes this is a bad take, and removes it from future issues (along with the other sexist viewpoints he has scattered There were lots of little things I disliked in this book that I would probably have overlooked, had the author not included the following line, (talking about mothers being grossed out by snakes): "I thought long and hard about whether to say this as I know it's sexist, but frankly it always is the mother. " This just left me annoyed for the rest of the book. Hopefully the author realizes this is a bad take, and removes it from future issues (along with the other sexist viewpoints he has scattered in there). Overall there was nothing remarkable about the rules. Most were good, but occasionally they would contradict themselves, and some of them seemed downright problematic - Adults should go to work when they're sick? Global pandemic aside, that's terrible advice. I have a couple other parenting books on my To Read list. I'm hoping they're better than this one.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Doris Raines

    I ALL WAYS SAY PARENTS LETS US USE A CODE, FOR OUR KIDS. WHEN ITS TIME TO PICK UP OUR KID’S. LET ONLY YOU AND THE CHILD KNOW THE SECERT. CODE——-ONE MORE TIP. NEVER PUT YOUR CHILDS NAME OWN THERE BOOK 💼WHY? SIMPLY BECAUSE THE PREDATORS CAN SEE AND CALL THE CHILD BY THERE ——————NAME’S I DONT TRY TO NO EVERYTHING IAM JUST TRYING WHAT ALL MOST HAPPEN TO MY —— CHILD———LETS DRAW —————LINE—AND LETS HELP KEEP THESE PREDATORS AWAY FROM OUR KIDS AND GENERATIONS OF YOURS AND MINE S GRAND KIDS ————PS. ALSO I ALL WAYS SAY PARENTS LETS US USE A CODE, FOR OUR KIDS. WHEN ITS TIME TO PICK UP OUR KID’S. LET ONLY YOU AND THE CHILD KNOW THE SECERT. CODE——-ONE MORE TIP. NEVER PUT YOUR CHILDS NAME OWN THERE BOOK 💼WHY? SIMPLY BECAUSE THE PREDATORS CAN SEE AND CALL THE CHILD BY THERE ——————NAME’S I DONT TRY TO NO EVERYTHING IAM JUST TRYING WHAT ALL MOST HAPPEN TO MY —— CHILD———LETS DRAW —————LINE—AND LETS HELP KEEP THESE PREDATORS AWAY FROM OUR KIDS AND GENERATIONS OF YOURS AND MINE S GRAND KIDS ————PS. ALSO LETS PLEASE BE AWARE ITS NOT ALL WAYS MALE——NOTE——ITS ALSO SOME VERY BAD FEMALES OUT THERE —- WILL HELP SNATCH AND ——GRAB YOU FOR THE ——- BAD— MAN LETS DRAW THE LINE———————-STOP THESE PREDATORS AND THE PREDITORS TO COME——————————————-Y—E—-S————-

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Decent basic common sense book on parenting. Probably more useful to new parents and especially new parents who had unhealthy parenting themselves. Not really about “rules” per se, but more about relationships with your kids and how to nurture and arrive at a healthy ones.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Areej

    One of the best books I've read about parenting, well presented and full of real life experiences. One of the best books I've read about parenting, well presented and full of real life experiences.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ilham Ahmad

    A must read book for all parents, teachers, educators ,and for everyone

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mirihan Montasser

    worth reading 👍

  12. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne Jdid

    Another book for new parents.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tanya Mohammed

    One of the best books I have ever read. I will need to read it again

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Brand

    My husband and I have been discussing when we want to start a family. At the moment, I feel 90% certain that I'm ready to be a mum, but there are moments when I suddenly panic and think "Can I really do this? I've never changed a nappy in my life! What if I drop them? What if I do something wrong?" and so on. That little 10% of me that worries about every tiny thing prompted me to hunt down some of the parenting books on my Kindle. I didn't want to read one that advocated any particular parentin My husband and I have been discussing when we want to start a family. At the moment, I feel 90% certain that I'm ready to be a mum, but there are moments when I suddenly panic and think "Can I really do this? I've never changed a nappy in my life! What if I drop them? What if I do something wrong?" and so on. That little 10% of me that worries about every tiny thing prompted me to hunt down some of the parenting books on my Kindle. I didn't want to read one that advocated any particular parenting style, because it's hard to know what style will suit you before you actually have children, so this ended up being the perfect choice. What I loved most about this book was that it advocated certain attitudes and principles to put into practice, rather than insisting that any particular method of discipline always worked best for every child or parent. A lot of them will seem like common sense to those who have been parenting for a while, and although I don't think I've been actively thinking about a lot of these principles, I found myself nodding and thinking, "Yes, that's exactly what I'd want to do in that situation." The book is split into ten different sections, and some of them might be more relevant than others. I particularly appreciated the early sections on staying sane and having the right attitude. The later sections on how to deal with sibling relationships, teenage years and being parents of adults were interesting to read, but obviously way, way in the future for us. There will be some aspects of the author's suggestions that you might not entirely agree with, but even if I didn't have the exact same viewpoint as him, I could see where he was coming from and still gain something from that chapter. Likewise, some sections just won't be relevant--like the chapters on sibling relationships if you only have one child, or the parts that discuss how to approach divorce. That said, there will still some helpful tips to be taken from these parts. I liked the format of this book. Even if you have five children running around you all day, every day, you'll still have time to read a quick chapter, since most of them are only about five paragraphs in length. This book might not be in-depth enough for some people, but for someone like me who is only starting to think about becoming a parent, it was enough to get me thinking and prompt some interesting discussions with my husband. What I appreciated most about this book was that it encouraged me without making me feel like parenting was going to be a breeze. Most of the marriage books I read when I was engaged went one of two ways--they either encouraged me, because every point they brought up was one me and my husband had already discussed, or they made me worried that the worst possible thing would happen, because they dwelt on all the problems that married couples have later in life that lead to affairs and divorce. As a result, I haven't read many marriage books, because they either make me worry about problems that most likely won't occur, or I get bored because they reiterate the same issues over and over. This book was entirely the opposite. It covered a lot of ground, and as a result, there were a lot of issues I hadn't considered. But instead of making me panic because I'd never thought about these issues, the author's down-to-earth, relaxed style of writing made me feel confident that it's possible to navigate these difficult issues if you stay sane and have the right attitude and always try your best. The author frequently admitted to mistakes he made as a parent, and showed ways of fixing them or avoiding them. And above all, he made it clear that there's no way you can be perfect, so this isn't what you should be striving for. There's no way to be a perfect parent (and I think that fear of falling short of this ideal of the perfect parent is where my worries stem from) but you can be a good parent. I might not use all the tips I read in this book, and I certainly won't remember them (although I did highlight a lot of this book) but I finished this book feeling confident that I can be a good parent, and that it's not as hard as it seems. I picked this book up free on my Kindle and have been surprisingly blessed by it. If you also grabbed this while it was free and are thinking about being a parent, I'd definitely recommend it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Eman

    Clear and brief. The rules are to the point and specific. I enjoyed reading it as some rules really helped me adopt some successful changes to my parenting style.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Gordon

    This is not the sort of book I normally choose to read and it came into my hands as a gift from a well-meaning acquaintance. Not long before that, however, I had become (somewhat more suddenly than expected) the father of two adopted girls, so I decided to give it a try. My first impression was that Templar had nothing to say that I hadn't heard or read before. Now that I've finished the book - well, to be honest, I skipped the sections on teenagers and adult children for now - that still seems t This is not the sort of book I normally choose to read and it came into my hands as a gift from a well-meaning acquaintance. Not long before that, however, I had become (somewhat more suddenly than expected) the father of two adopted girls, so I decided to give it a try. My first impression was that Templar had nothing to say that I hadn't heard or read before. Now that I've finished the book - well, to be honest, I skipped the sections on teenagers and adult children for now - that still seems to be the case, at least for the most part. But then the author himself freely admits that his goal is not to convey fresh insights but rather to provide us with timely reminders of things that tend to be forgotten under the pressure of day-to-day life. Thanks in part to his humorous style and in part to the book's convenient division into bite-sized 'rules' that get no more than 2-3 pages of discussion each, he has succeeded brilliantly. I will be coming back to leaf through "The Rules of Parenting" again. At least, I will if I remember to do so!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Hager Khamies

    The book is very easy to read,it can easily be read in sections ... Full of wisdom, creative ideas and real life experiences. I think Templar wrote the set of golden behaviors that helps parents to teach their kids how to enjoy life, be caring and kind. More over,this book is a real simple guide for any one want to learn how to enjoy the whole experience of raising a child.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Adrienne Jones

    For me this reads like Polonius' multi-faceted and contradictory advice to Ophelia. I cannot imagine that I could process all the micro-points into a useful and cohesive whole. It's in the box for the next public library book sale. For me this reads like Polonius' multi-faceted and contradictory advice to Ophelia. I cannot imagine that I could process all the micro-points into a useful and cohesive whole. It's in the box for the next public library book sale.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Feka Angge Pramita

    what should parents do with their Children. Something that parents must Consider when they are interact with their Child. these book Consist of 100 rules that parents should Consider with their parenting. it's help parents to connect with their child what should parents do with their Children. Something that parents must Consider when they are interact with their Child. these book Consist of 100 rules that parents should Consider with their parenting. it's help parents to connect with their child

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rasha Barr

    Very simple & charming book I thought i will not find any new tips & i was right Most of the tips i already know but it was like summerizing the big story in clear bullets it was inspiring & great book to read Parenting is not an easy job anyway & needs lots of studying & reading Enjoy

  21. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Follows many of the common sense ideas many parents don't always seem to know, but should. Also very well laid out and great reminders for those of us that get caught up in difficult details of every day life parenting. Follows many of the common sense ideas many parents don't always seem to know, but should. Also very well laid out and great reminders for those of us that get caught up in difficult details of every day life parenting.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Buthayna

    The title just says it all. Very simple and very clear. The book discusses 100 rules for parents, each role is explained solo, has its own title and a main point sentence. It is a true treasure for parents who are expecting or have children already. Its a guideline which are necessary and basics.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ming

    Every parents must-read book

  24. 4 out of 5

    I'amdiva Royal

    A wonderful book and very useful

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    All the rules completely make sense. It's simple to put to use and remind myself that no one is perfect, everyone makes mistakes, I just have to show my child love and commitment to his successes. All the rules completely make sense. It's simple to put to use and remind myself that no one is perfect, everyone makes mistakes, I just have to show my child love and commitment to his successes.

  26. 4 out of 5

    June Blakely

    A nice reference guide.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rizza Bucoy

    This book is good for parents with all ages of kids... From toddlers to teen agers to adults...its also a good read for the child in you

  28. 5 out of 5

    Widya Asman

    a great book for parents...

  29. 4 out of 5

    Craig

    Positive ideas for parenting.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Joy Dunne

    Funny and had some good advice, but didn't agree with everything regarding the teenage years. Funny and had some good advice, but didn't agree with everything regarding the teenage years.

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