“Book Review: The Instruction Manual for Kids; Parent’s Edition”

Parenting doesn’t come with an instruction manual. If it did it would probably have been written by some yuppie that’s just trying to make a book out of your frustrations. I am always leery about other peoples parenting advice, after all who knows better than we do when it comes to our own children.

Now, admittedly I am a sucker for self-help books. Not that “The Instruction Manual for Kids, Parents Edition” is a self-help book, but it certainly adds new perspective to your parenting plan. When I first got this book I almost didn’t even open the pages. I just automatically assumed it would be another book filled with open ended questions without answers and no real substance. As a parent I want to be challenged in my way of thinking as I believe it is the only way to grow.

Being a parent is the most important job we can have and we owe it to ourselves and our children to reassess our way of life from time to time. “The Instruction Manual for Kids, Parents Edition” can help you improve upon many different facets of being a parent and offers some legitimate information about being the best parent you can be. So, don’t judge a book by its cover. As far as I am concerned this is the only book I have ever read that addresses almost every facet of being a progressive parent. Some suggestions might seem like common sense, while others give you that “ah ha” moment. It is definitely worth the read.

Kerri Yarsley seems like she is one of us. Through the pages of this book she shares many personal stories along with tips on happiness and health. I have said for many years that being a parent is all encompassing, and not only does that include how we deal with our children on a superficial and exterior level but also how healthy they are, if they are getting exercise, and most importantly, if they are feeling loved. Being a parent can have its ups and downs, and when those frustrations boil over as burdens on to our children, it’s nice to know that we aren’t alone and there is something we can do about it.

Yarsley beautifully narrates bits and pieces from her own life while also sharing solutions in a very progressive and forward thinking way. Yarsley touches on topics from the physical and emotional to the mental and even spiritual aspects of development. The focus is on the mindset of the parent and how to be able to relate and speak to their children. This isn’t a book about how to survive being a parent, it’s a manual that can allow you reflection on your own parenting skills to see if there are easier ways to handle the challenges you might face. It’s about making parenting more enjoyable, for everyone involved.

Not even a few pages passed the introduction and the subject goes to physical fitness. When I first had my child I was over 100 pounds heavier than I am today. This book compounds what I have found out the hard way for myself, physical fitness is paramount to my ability to be a present and levelheaded parent.

Other topics explain the function that food groups have and how they can help or hinder your child. It’s been long since proven that many problems, emotionally or physically, can be solved via a healthy diet. As the book continues, Yarsley helps you navigate drama in life, teaching respect for each other and setting a good example for your child. She knocks down the preconceived notions and ideas about roles in the household and empowers parents to treat their children respectfully but with fair boundaries.

She talks about safety, toilet training, and how to have patience with your child. I really cannot say enough good things about this book. This book is as real as it comes, it teaches acceptance while still maintaining your role as the parent. It teaches you to be more than just a friend to your child but to be there guide. Most importantly the book was written with unconditional love in mind.

I’m glad I started reading this book. What I thought would be a boring narrative with nothing new to say, turned into a book that even opened my eyes to ways I can be a better parent. From the before you are even pregnant, to birth and onto early adulthood there is information in this book that is practical on every level. 10/10 would suggest to everyone.

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This manual is for those considering parenthood, expecting, and new and seasoned parents and grandparents. After reading this book, raising kids will become ‘child’s play’.

“The Instruction Manual for Kids – Parent’s Edition”

By Kerri Yarsley

ISBN: 978-1-4525-5

Available in softcover, hardcover, e-book

Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Balboa Press




  • Kerri Yarsley on May 19, 2015

    Thank you so much for the fantastic review! Being a first-time author, I put my heart and soul into the book and really appreciate it when a kindred spirit takes the time and effort to acknowledge what has been written. Let me know if you have any queries and I’ll do my best to answer them clearly and completely. Thanks again! :) :)

    • Dad on May 19, 2015

      Wow, I’m honored to receive your comment! Such a fantastic book filled with very useful information. Thanks for putting it out there!


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