The job of raising three kids has been, by far, the absolute hardest challenge I've been faced with in my entire life. I think my wife, Mindy would concur. I've often wished that there was a "parental rule book" I could refer to for specific situations.It's not a definitive rule book, but it sure might help! Adolescent psychotherapist, Katie Hurley LCSW, has written The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World. 

This book offers a straightforward approach that helps to produce happy kids and sane adults.

Our daughter Allie in 1994 - Credit Ethan Photos

The key for parents is "understanding your child's personality and temperament."

If you have more than one child, it's obvious to any parent how different the personalities differ between each child. This book will help you engage and empathize with each of your children. You'll find out how to help each personality type to build social skills and to understand their emotions.

Yes, it takes some work mom and dad, but your hard work will pay off when your kids turn into confident, capable, and most of all, happy kids!

My son, Matt and grandson, Bradley - Credit Ethan Photos

This book simplifies what has become way too complicated and confusing. The bottom line, The Happy Kid Handbook helps parents to use their instincts and meet their children exactly where they are.

Let's just say that "one size does not fit all" when it comes to raising your kids.

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