Tantrums, Troubles and Treasures: A Parent's Guide to Parenting in the 21st Century is a wonderful exploration of what it means to be a parent who is skilful to deal with all of their child’s challenges. Parenting is never easy in today’s day and age. There are so many influences on kids today. Many of them are negative, sadly. In this book, parents will learn how to develop some of the most vital skills to bring up healthy and happy children who will be able to cope with their lives.
Being a parent of two beautiful boys himself, Clayton Paul Thomas shares with the readers many of the experiences that he went through when raising his boys. Some of these stories are funny while others are serious. But most parents will be able to relate to these stories because they are real and authentic.
One of the most important purposes of Tantrums, Troubles and Treasures is to make parents think about their parenting skills. Clayton discusses many areas of parenting from how to instill confidence, patience and proper decision making skills in our children, to how we could make sure that they are athletic, eat right, and are able to become emotionally intelligent in real situations later in life. All of these areas require that parents model proper behaviour first. If they don’t, chances are their kids will model their behaviour, whatever that is. For instance, if a parent models impatience and a lack of discipline, most probably kids will also model that behaviour and act in a similar way.
So, modelling proper behaviour is very important when parenting our kids. This means that we have to learn how to be patient, confident, disciplined, eat right, and incorporate movement into our daily activities. We also have to be present for our kids in order for them to become emotionally intelligent individuals later on in life.
I recommend Tantrums, Troubles and Treasures to any parent who is struggling to bring up well-adjusted and emotionally intelligent children.