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I am a parenting book junkie. As my children grow and move from stage to stage, I am constantly looking for answers to help me navigate the new waters. It has been a long time since I have read such a helpful book. I have already recommended this book to many friends! In fact, there is currently a wait list to borrow my copy. My suggestion is to just buy your own copy…you will highlight as you read and you will want to keep this book!

There are many parenting books at your local bookstore. Raising an Original  is different because it looks at the make-up of your children. They are all so different and one parenting style isn’t going to cover it! In Part II of Raising an Original, author Julie Lyles Carr addresses common parenting pitfalls. My favorite chapter in this section was Carr’s treatment of fear-based parenting. I am often quick to helicopter to protect. I laughed as  I read this chapter because I find myself doing some of the very things she names.

The best part of Raising an Original is the 4-Style Personality Traits Assessment Tool included in Part III. Basically, Carr has included a DISC profile for your kids!! My husband and I sat down and took the assessment for both of our boys. The results were enlightening. I truly feel better equipped to handle the day to day obstacles in parenting my unique children!

I was given a complimentary copy of this book by its publisher. I am not required to give this title a positive review and I have not been compensated in any way. I do whole-heartedly recommend this book for all the parents out there who need some fresh advice! This book does include Christian principals and scripture references.