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The Parent's Toolkit: Simple & Effective Ways to Help Your Child Be Their Best [Paperback]

Naomi Richards
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Book Description

2 Feb 2012

Do you wish your child had more confidence?

Would you like to help them handle problems better at school or at home?

Would you like to give your child the life skills to thrive in the face of change and challenge?

Naomi Richards, the UK's leading kids coach, has been working with children and their parents for 8 years. Just as adults benefit from a life coach or a mentor at work, so too can children. By being your child's life coach you can help your child handle challenges such as making and keeping friends, dealing with bullying or peer pressure, sibling rivalry, getting homework done or dealing with a major change, such as moving schools or parents separating.

In The Parents' Toolkit Naomi shares the key life tools she uses and teaches so that you can help your child successfully navigate childhood challenges and grow up into a happy, confident and resilient young adult. Her coaching tools include teaching your child positive self-talk, simple problem-solving techniques to encourage your child to arrive at the right solution to an issue, and specific advice for you as a parent to hone your own listening and coaching skills.

Aimed at parents with children aged 5+, The Parents' Toolkit includes real-life examples and suggestions as to what to actually say when coaching your child. Essential advice for all parents wanting to give their children the best start in life.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion (2 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009194015X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091940157
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 227,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Clear and to the point, this is a must-read for parents" (The Sun)

"Practical solutions to problems." (Junior)

"Kids' Coach Naomi Richards has ace advice for feeling good" (Bliss magazine)

"Sound words from London kid's life coach." (Angels & Urchins)

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Give your child the confidence and skills so they can be the best they can at school, home and play.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Parent's Toolkit Review 2 Feb 2012
The Parent's Toolkit is wonderfully easy to read and it would be surprising if it ended up gathering dust by the side of your bed as I think it will be in constant use!
Naomi Richards offers simple parent led techniques that helps parents engage children to allow them to feel better about themselves. It focuses on building a connective relationship with the children based on listening and talking from problems such as the toxic friend through to managing anger. Enabling our children to be resilient and cope with failure is key to confidence and future success and the "Toolkit" is a wonderful resource to do just that."

Elaine Halligan The Parent Practice
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I've been hoping someone would write a book like this for years which focuses on what parents can actually do in understandable steps, that is positive and productive to support their child through life's ups and downs. Underpinning the book is the timeless coaching principle of " Ask' instead of ' Tell" Naomi uses this, and other simple and effective coaching techniques to enable children ( and their parents) to find the answers themselves. How great is that? How brilliant for the self esteem of children, and their parents trying to help them. We all relate to stories, so Naomi's use of case studies brings out her points, and the delightful successes she achieves with the children she coaches. A gem for any parent interested in supporting their child to resolve their own dilemmas, or to explore their potential. Judy from Parenting People.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Parenting Children In A Loving, Practical Way 6 Feb 2012
By Glen
The tone of this book is warm, practical, down to earth and makes a lot of sense. I recommend it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars states the obvious 14 Sep 2013
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Disappointing. Looking for help for a shy, slightly insecure child I was put off by the words 'I am going to focus on those children who like a challenge'. OK not helpful. Similarly she says 'encourage your child to have lots of friends rather than one best friend'. OK not so much help regarding how, with a child who doesn't like a challenge.
Most of what she says is common sense, along the lines of 'if you want to make friends ask people about themselves'. The book is thin and covers and awful lot in very little detail.
You can learn most of this from reading mummy blogs on the internet. Save your money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brendan's Review 7 May 2012
Naomi Richard's book is excellent. User-friendly, practical advice from an expert in
childhood coaching. The chapters are clearly and informatively laid out with
numerous case studies to clarify the issues raised. It is rare that a book
about childhood issues is so convincingly written. Naomi Richards is unquestionably
an expert in her field and all parents who have young children will benefit
from having this wonderful resource in their library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grandson with a confidence problem 8 Jan 2013
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Grandson's mum is using this book in conjunction with 'What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety' by Dawn Huebne.
Rome wasn't built in a day, but having these two books and using the advice and direction they provide has definitely helped a great deal. Would recommend both to anyone having problems.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every home should have this book!!! 30 April 2012
This book has proved to be one of the most enlightening and encouraging books I've ever read on the subject of parent/child relationships.

It's incredibly insightful and unlike many others of it's type, not in the least bit patronising.

It's more than a guide and is ideally used to "dip in and out of".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Practical & powerful 29 April 2012
I absolutely love how usable this book is.

Naomi has a knack of bringing clarity and simplicity to those issues that cause us headaches and heartaches as parents.

Rather than an academic or expert perspective, she gives us insight from a child's perspective.

Her emphasis refreshing: encourage and equip our children (rather than control/shelter) to deal with life's issues and be THEIR best (rather than our own definition!) and her style is simple, practical and straightforward. I even read some of it together with my six year old son, and he chose which tool he wanted to try.

An incredibly useful resource that I will be dipping into again and again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars So glad I got this!
I bought this book to help with all three of our children, who are all very different! And toolkit it certainly is! Read more
Published on 24 April 2012 by emmakl
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
What an easy to read, friendly, parents guide. I highly recommend this toolkit to everyone, no matter what the issue - there is something for all to gain.
Published on 19 April 2012 by Natalie mayer
5.0 out of 5 stars a brilliant and practical resource for parents
Naomi's parenting toolkit is fab - it's packed with simple and effective ways of helping our children and in turn helping us deal with whatever challenges us in parenting. Read more
Published on 14 April 2012 by Fiona
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and non-patronising
This book provides straightforward suggestions that are empowering rather than condescending. It offers practical advice and gives real-life examples. Read more
Published on 10 April 2012 by Rach
5.0 out of 5 stars It's such an easy book to read
The thing that struck me most about this book is the easy style in which it is written. It's a parent sharing good advice rather than an expert lecturing us about what we should... Read more
Published on 22 Mar 2012 by Mrs. Helen Stothard
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have reference for parents
This book is a must have reference for parents with children of all ages.

It is written from a problem solving point of view, looking at individual issues affecting... Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2012 by Arlette
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book Written By a Parent For Parents
Naomi's book is fantastic and full of parenting lead ways to instil confidence and self assurance in your child. Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2012 by virtualgirluk
5.0 out of 5 stars Instantly readable and understandable!
This book is down to earth and so obviously written by a parent. It contains tips and real experiences and how they were resolved. Read more
Published on 13 Mar 2012 by Nickie G
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