Parenting with a Story

Real-Life Lessons in Character for Parents and Children to Share

 Parenting with a Story

Author: Paul Smith
Pub Date: November 2014
Print Edition: $16.00
Print ISBN: 9780814433577
Page Count: 272
Format: Paper or Softback
e-Book ISBN: 9780814433584

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“In Parenting with a Story, Paul Smith offers parents everywhere a powerful way to weave the principles of a meaningful life into the hearts and minds of their children. . . . This is one of the most innovative books on raising children that I know.” — Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, author of Kitchen Table Wisdom and My Grandfather’s Blessings

“Sharing the true stories of real people, Paul Smith brings a wide array of positive character traits to life. Courage, self-confidence, patience, hard work, and more are brought to life through engaging narratives. Any parent interested in building character into their child will benefit from the jump-start this book will provide.” — Emily Rempe, Founder,

Tell a young person what to do—play fair, be yourself, stick to the task at hand—and most will tune you out. But show them how choices and consequences play out in the real world, with real people, and the impact will be far more profound.

Parenting with a Story includes 101 narratives from people around the world and from all walks of life, reflecting unexpected moments of clarity about who they are and how they should treat others. The lessons illuminate the power of character—integrity, curiosity, creativity, grit, kindness, patience, gratitude, and more—to prepare us for anything. You’ll meet:

• A young boy from New York whose unfulfilled goal to become an astronaut taught him the value of setting high goals and led him on a lifelong adventure he wouldn’t trade for anything

• A young girl in Ohio whose 1,000 attempts to learn a three-second gymnastics move gave her the patience to practice and excel at anything as an adult

• A young boy in India who learned a lifelong lesson about the value of picking your friends wisely when he saw that choice cost a schoolmate his life

• A high school basketball player in Utah who learned a hard lesson about kindness when his dad forced him to have lunch with the girl everyone made fun of

Sometimes heart-wrenching, sometimes funny, always compelling, these stories help shape who we are and who we aspire to become. Share them, discuss them, and watch your child grow into the adult you’ll be proud of. Also check out the FREE discussion guide that Paul has developed and posted online.

Paul Smith is a dedicated father and speaker on leadership and story-telling techniques. As the author of the popular Lead with a Story, he has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Time, Forbes, The Washington Post, Success, and Investor’s Business Daily, among others.

Connect with Paul at:

Twitter @LeadWithAStory

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