“Sometimes just knowing that parenting isn’t always easy or perfect helps.”
That line, taken from the conclusion of Ready, Set, Parent, a helpful guide written by parenting Ph.D.s Dr. Elizabeth M. Vantre and Dr. Samantha L. Dawson, underscores the healthy attitude this parenting book shares. With a caring but firm tone, this book helps parents find their own style and stick to it with realistic and recognizable examples throughout.
The parenting advice found in Ready, Set, Parent isn’t particularly new, but it’s refreshing in that it acknowledges differences in children’s temperaments, family priorities, and the inevitable disappointments – as well as joys – along the parenting path. There is a bit of snark, perhaps influenced by on-line furor, but overall the tone is one of an understanding, slightly more together friend.
The Dr. Moms have created guides to assessing the needs of your child(ren), your needs as a parent (and human), and maintaining consistency in parenting style, no matter which route you choose. They also provide realistic and easily adaptable information and suggestions for handling discipline and power struggles. Phew!
The most in-depth section by far is “How to Be a Proactive Parent.” With sections focused on sleep, sharing parenting responsibility, routines, meaningful activities, and making unpopular decisions, the authors arrange advice and examples by your child’s age as opposed to topic. They even tackle sibling rivalry and avoiding the technology trap.
Dr. Elizabeth Marsh Vantre, Ph.D. and Dr. Samantha Levine Dawson, Ph.D. are both from New Jersey. Vantre grew up in Montclair and Dawson in Princeton.
Readable, actionable, and nonjudgmental, Ready, Set, Parent makes a helpful, open-minded parenting guide for a friend — or for yourself.