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Monday, October 12, 2009


I think we can all agree, no matter our beliefs or parenting styles, that being a parent is the hardest, most challenging, though most rewarding job that any of us will ever have.

One of my biggest focuses is teaching my children right from wrong and being true to themselves. Peer pressure is a big outside factor that many children will find themselves in the grips of. Easily a child can become lost and stray from the values which a family holds. Parents need to be diligent and keep informed what is going on in their children's lives and this includes who they keep company with.

My son Matthew, (who is six) is very much a follower. His trouble always begins with him not making wise decisions when it comes to who his friends are. Now, I am not saying to exclude some children, but some are just not good influencers on children (such as my son.) My biggest challenge has been to direct my son in making better choices when it comes to his behaviour. As a parent I am always on the look out for resources to help me help my children.

When I was given the opportunity to review the book Character is the Key, I jumped at the chance, as this sounded like the kind of resource I was looking for in this situation.

Right from the get go, I knew this book was going to be a wonderful resource for me and my family. Just from reading the Table of Contents page I was excited to dig in, as I read key words like defining, modeling, empathy, honesty, and integrity.
Character is the Key is very much a hands-on book. If you are looking for a quick read, this isn't the book for you, this book is for the parent looking to make a permanent change in their family. Character is the Key is a resource for a parent to turn to again and again. I especially like the worksheets which are included throughout the chapters.

The gist of the book is simple...model for your child the life you want them to grow up to have. But, is it really as simple as it sounds? As I started to work my way through the chapters, simple wasn't so simple after all. Life can get hectic, and in this fast-paced world we (as parents) can become lost and fall from the standards we are wanting to set for our children. The key is to acknowledge when this happens and start fresh again the next day.

Now that I have read through Character is the Key, I will now go back and start to work my way chapter by chapter. We will show Matthew (and the girls) how we expect him to behave and interact with other people. In the couple of weeks we have had the book, we have really seen some positive changes in his attitude. However, I know, this is a long-term journey that we will be working on for years to come, but I am feeling that we are headed on the right path.

After I read through the book, I realized that this program is used within their school. How great is that? What we are teaching them at home, is incorporated in their school days. Matthew does what is called 'Bucket Fillers'. Each month I am to send back to his school his answer to how he was a bucket filler, this month I sent it back with his answer of 'be nice to people, like you want to be treated'. Let me just say, that is a proud moment for a mom when their six year old gets it!

Character is the Key is a great resource for any family. No matter the stage you are in, on the parenting path, we all want the same thing...for our kids to grow into an adult which we can be proud of. And, there is no time better than now, to get on that path. No matter the age of child Character is the Key can be incorporated into any families life.

If you are wanting to help your child get a good start in life, and to continue to live a desired life, than I highly recommend this book to your family.

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Character Is the Key: How to Unlock the Best in Our Children and Ourselves and received a gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Thank you Mom Central for selecting me and sending me a copy for review.


Nancy said...

sounds great! I will have to check this book out.

Design it Chic said...

sounds like a good book! great review!
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Yaya said...

Sounds like a great book!

Lisa said...

OOOOoo this sounds right up my alley. Thanks Pam!

ModernMom said...

Sounds like a great great book!

The Blonde Duck said...

How great you're helping him to think on his own early on! Kudos to you!

blueviolet said...

It sounds great, Pam! I'm glad to hear you're already seeing results. :)

Randi Troxell said...

this sounds awesome...