What Every Child Should Know Along the Way by Parenting Made Practical is one of many parenting books on my bookshelves. Having six children, ages 18 months to 18 years, I’ve read my fair share of that genre. In this quick 151-page read, the authors attempt to give you some idea of what your child should know or be able to competently do at any given stage, from age 2 to college.
What Every Child Should Know Along the Way
And thankfully there is no guilt inflicted when you read that your five-year-old should be able to clean the bathroom or unload the dishwasher and yours *cough, cough* doesn’t.
What Every Child Should Know Along the Way is simply a wonderful little book that gently guides you as you teach your children common sense life skills and help them cultivate their natural abilities.
The book contains 7 chapters:
- Dynamic Devotional Living
- Cultivating Family Unity
- Gifts and Talents
- Biblical Character Traits
- Practical Living Skills
- Personal Safety
I most appreciated the Manners section. Teaching my 3, 5, and 6-year-olds table manners might be the death of me. Why do they have to eat rice with their hands?! My husband is Brazilian, which means we eat a lot of rice and black beans around here. Do you know how small rice is?
Just for a moment, imagine with me four small children (I’m including the 18-month-old here) eating rice with their hands!! The mess! The sticky, sticky mess! On the chair. On the table. On the floor. On THEM! Ugh. Just thinking about it gets me all riled up and searching for the broom.
Anyway, as you can see, I’ve got my work cut out for me. Thankfully, I’ve got plenty of time to mold these four into ready-for-society humans.
The book contains a few charts and checklists (I do love checklists!) to help you keep track of where you and your children are and what life skill you plan to cultivate next. The Practical Living Skills chart was extremely helpful to me. To see exactly what each of my children are (or should be) capable of doing at each age is very helpful and encouraging.
I also enjoyed the devotional portion. I’d never thought of keeping a family devotional journal. I have my own journal, but doing one together sounds fun. It would be a wonderful keepsake to look back on many years from now and see how their little hearts grew.
This is definitely a resource I’ll keep around for a while
Navigating the Rapids of Parenting
We originally signed up to review this book, but a surprise DVD was in our package as well! Navigating the Rapids of Parenting is also for parents of children ages 2 to college. This lecture-style DVD is about an hour and a half long and is broken into two sections. Joey and Carla Link are the parent educators who lead the seminar. The first session covers birth to middle school. The second session continues with middle school and goes through college age.
The goal of this DVD is to help parents anticipate these “rapids” before their children hit them. If we can effectively do that, we can guide them through this crazy stage instead of fighting our way through.
What Every Child Should Know Along the Way was written by a homeschooling mom with a lot of experience on the matter. Parenting Made Practical is a family owned company that provides quality, Christian educational materials. Through these materials, parents are encouraged and given practical help to raise obedient, respectful, and responsible children.