Powerful Parenting

101 Ways to Stay Positive

Non-Fiction - Parenting
218 Pages
Reviewed on 01/08/2024
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Reviewed by Courtnee Turner Hoyle for Readers' Favorite

In Powerful Parenting, Punam V Saxena directs readers to add to the book in a way that is best for them, encouraging journaling after each gentle instruction or directed observation for meditation and reflection. The book lists 101 parenting prompts that motivate positive actions. Saxena makes suggestions to incorporate strong values and inspire good thoughts while mentioning accomplishments and mindfulness, reminding caregivers to focus on providing meaningful family moments and taking time for self-care. The author describes activities for the child's school or home life, like attending a parent-teacher meeting or forming a family book club with refreshments.

Punam V Saxena has delivered a journal to remind caregivers they are human. Each suggestion or affirmation gives them a moment to recharge, work through certain issues, or celebrate small successes. The author has spent thirty years in the education system, teaching and volunteering, so her advice is sound. The book may provide insight, giving exhausted or overloaded caregivers hope that carries them into a brighter day with words that let them know they are not alone. As a mom of seven children, there are days when I feel that I fail - like when we have cans of soup for dinner after a tightly scheduled day. It's nice to address my concerns by writing them in Saxena's book, as it helps me understand that it's okay to be fallible as long as I do my best for my children. Powerful Parenting is a great selection for caregivers, especially those who use writing and journaling as a creative outlet.

Essien Asian

More often than not, raising a child can put a lot of stress on a person. Besides all the milk and cookies, the happy faces and giggles, and the family outings to Disneyland, there are the never-ending days spent trying to discipline them and cleaning up after them. All this while making every effort to be the perfect example of a responsible parent. Some people are just naturally suited for this role and adapt to it like ducks to water, but for the rest of us, the experience is as foreign as trying to juggle plates in a circus without any prior experience. Punam V. Saxena has a unique perspective on this situation due to her years of experience in the education field and as a parent impact coach. In her book Powerful Parenting, she shares the lessons she has learned.

Powerful Parenting is a helpful handbook targeted at parents who are struggling to cope with expectations of raising responsible children. Punam V Saxena not only delivers helpful and encouraging words but backs them up with intuitive nuggets of wisdom which may initially appear obvious for the uninitiated but are easier said than done. The workbook section is quite helpful as the reader can use it to record their experiences for future reference, thereby creating an interactive experience. What stands out the most about Powerful Parenting is the way Punam crafts it. The author uses easily comprehensible language to engage both first-time parents and those dealing with much older kids, showing that there is a fine line between being a friend to your child and being an understanding parent with a listening ear. Powerful Parenting is a must-read for everyone aspiring to start a family.

Edith Wairimu

An uplifting and valuable parenting guide, Powerful Parenting: 101 Ways to Stay Positive by Punam V Saxena provides support to parents as they navigate parenting, offering them many helpful tips and encouraging advice during their parenting journey. It contains guided journaling prompts and ideas that will help parents connect with their children and come up with traditions and activities that they can enjoy together. Saxena encourages parents to take time to rest and celebrate their wins. The journal emphasizes how important a support system is for parents. Powerful Parenting is an essential tool for parents that encourages them to pursue their dreams and practice self-kindness.

This guide is a wonderful companion for parents that addresses the challenges they face and provides much-needed encouragement. I found its advice enlightening, especially the tips on parenting and advice on how to take care of oneself while making time for the children. The guide is user-friendly and thoughtfully organized. It is written in an easy-to-read font and the pages are beautiful with lovely backgrounds. Enough space is offered for journaling with clear writing prompts provided on each page. I loved that the advice offered was brief and practical. The tips are eye-opening and inspire reflection. Powerful Parenting: 101 Ways to Stay Positive by Punam V Saxena is a useful resource for parents. It includes information that can be used to enhance everyday parent-child interactions and make parenting a fulfilling journey. It is the perfect tool for any parent or anyone who hopes to become a parent.

K.C. Finn

Powerful Parenting: 101 Ways to Stay Positive is a work of non-fiction in the parenting, self-care, and motivational subgenres. It is intended for parents to read, interact with, and enjoy. Penned by author Punam V Saxena, this helpful work offers a reassuring affirmation journal designed to uplift and support parents in their challenging yet rewarding journey. Acknowledging the often solitary nature of parenting, Saxena provides a foundation for positivity. Throughout the pages, 101 powerful quotes serve as prompts for reflection, inspiration, and self-congratulation. Saxena recognizes the need for parents to receive acknowledgment for their efforts, and so the journal format invites readers to engage actively, providing a space to pen their thoughts and fostering a sense of connection.

Author Punam V Saxena's choice of powerful quotes, coupled with the interactive journaling aspect, creates a dynamic tool for maintaining a positive mindset amid the challenges of parenting. For me, reading this book and seeing its ingenious format and progression of ideas was a journey of appreciation for its simplicity and effectiveness. It's a reminder that, as parents, you are not alone on the journey to both do right by your children and by yourself, and there's a lot of value in celebrating the small victories. I found myself often thinking that the advice and insight herein rings true whether you’re a parent or not, with a heartwarming core message about remembering to look after yourself and take time out from thinking of others for your own self-care time. Overall, I would recommend Powerful Parenting as an essential interactive guide to making time for yourself amid the pressures that parenting can put on you.

Joe Wisinski

Powerful Parenting, by Punam V Saxena, is an instructional and inspirational book for parents, regardless of the ages of their children. Saxena calls the book an “affirmation journal” because it contains 101 quotations that offer assistance to those involved in the difficult job of parenting. Importantly, the journal also includes a place for parents to write down their thoughts in response to each of the quotations. For example, after the author writes “Celebrate your accomplishments” she asks her readers “What was today's win?” By “parents," Saxena means anyone who has the responsibility of helping raise or support children. Saxena holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in education and is currently working toward a doctoral degree. She has taught and volunteered in schools for 30 years.

Powerful Parenting, by Punam V Saxena, is a useful set of inspirational quotes for anyone who is raising children or is involved in helping them become responsible adults. Saxena has chosen relevant information that anyone can use, written in an easy-to-understand and easy-to-apply way. Although the book is short and could be read in one sitting, to get the most out of it parents should take the time to fill out the built-in worksheets. Doing so will show them some of their attitudes and also challenge them to grow as parents. Also, reading and interacting with this book will enable parents to see, and be encouraged by, the fact that most other parents face the same challenges to be the best parents possible. Saxena’s impressive educational background and work experience lead credence to her wise advice.