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Reviewed by Courtnee Turner Hoyle for Readers' Favorite
Renae Kelly speaks openly about the challenges many parents and caregivers face in her book, Parenting Chronicles, sub-titled Real Talk: Lessons Learned. Written as a series of personal journal entries, Kelly takes her readers through the day-to-day challenges and successes of rearing children. The author focuses on her observations of her children, giving practical advice from her personal experience.
Parenting Chronicles contains a plethora of real-life examples. I learned a lot about the Kelly household and its parenting style and I identified with several of the situations. Two patterns are repeated in the book: the author’s reliance on God to help and strengthen her and the support of her husband. One could argue that a strong spiritual connection and a partner’s unwavering support are crucial to consistently providing emotional, mental, and physical care for children. Renae Kelly focuses on her relationship with God as she describes the way she has chosen to parent her children, including prayer.
The book has everyday applications for parents and caregivers, and the entries can be used to comfort other parents who are experiencing similar situations. The examples in the book may also be used as advice to parents before their child enters the period before the tween years. I recommend Kelly’s book to parents and caregivers with children between the ages of five and twelve years old, as it may help them prepare for difficult topics and enable them to make more informed decisions on the best way to handle them.