One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to “read more books”, written more as an aspiration than an actual goal it seems…so let’s turn it into something more measurable!
Welcome to the Real Mommy Monthly Reading Challenge!
Join me in my journey as we read a new book each month, chosen based on some fun and creative ideas (inspired by PopSugar), to help us all leap out of our comfort zones, explore something new, and win some prizes in the process!
How The Reading Challenge Works…
Each month there will be a set criteria for choosing your book. It could be “A book with a color in the title”, or “A book written by someone with the same first name as you”…something that will draw you away from the norm!
You do not have to read the same book as I do, the choice is yours!
Although it would be super fun to have someone to exchange notes/thoughts with, even better would be to hear what book you read and what it was like for you…it might even help someone else out for the next monthly challenge!
Note–If you choose to read the same book as me, please tell me! I really would love to hear your thoughts:)
Here’s Where The Challenge Gets Interesting…
Each month, come check out the criteria, and once you’ve chosen your book, comment below with the title of the book you’ve chosen.
Once you’ve finished the book, come back and click REPLY under your own comment, and tell us all what the book was about/if it was a good read!
Each month, I will select a comment at random to receive a FREE $25 Indigo/VISA gift card…perhaps to use on your next reading challenge book?! Hint Hint, Nudge Nudge
- Anyone and Everyone is welcome to participate! Invite your friends!
- Canadian winners will receive an Indigo Gift Card, winners outside of Canada will receive a VISA gift card.
- Prizes must be claimed within 1 week of drawing or the winner will be redrawn.
- The same person cannot win 2 months in a row.
- The winning comment will be chosen using Random.org
Real Mommy Reading Challenge 2015
Read a book with a title that is four words long (no more, no less!)
This month I’ll be reading Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting by Noel Janis-Norton
I know, not exactly “out of my comfort zone”…but I figure it fits the rule, so I’m allowed! Baby steps
Stay tuned for my thoughts on this hugely popular parenting book, and don’t forget to let me know in the comments what you’ll be reading in January for your chance to win!
This month I read Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting by Noel Janis-Norton. It looks at parenting from a “step-by-step” standpoint, focused around 5 core strategies:
- Descriptive Praise
- Preparing for Success
- Reflective Listening
- Never Ask Twice
- Rewards and Consequences
The core strategies were very interesting, and the way they were explained definitely highlighted some opportunities we had in our parenting (more on that in a future post!). I did find some of the “Parents Want To Know” stories (apparent situations parents have written for help with) a bit repetitive, so I decided to skip past a number of them and just focus on the “meat” of the book!
While I’m never one to say there is a certain strategy that will work for every child (because I’d be lying through my teeth!), I will say that there are definitely at least 1 or 2 of the core strategies that will make a big difference in your child’s behaviour, and the way your house runs overall. It’s simply up to you, as a parent that knows your child best, to figure out which of the core strategies to put to work!
I would definitely suggest Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting for anyone who feels like they need some help normalizing daily routines for their children, and is tired of saying things a thousand times each day to get their message across!