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In Becoming a Present Parent, you'll find a wealth of ideas to build connections with your children and bind your hearts together. You will find out eight ways how we as parents "check out" of our children's lives and what that cost is to their growth. Learn how to master six important skills to help you "check in" and be engaged. Understand how to be fully present and uti ...more
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Published May 9th 2017 by Plain Sight Publishing
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Alysia
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is a game changer. I got the E book version, but now I want the paperback so I can highlight and write notes in it.. What I love most about it is that it effectively inspires me with simple, realistic and doable steps, without inducing guilt. The author is so relatable and down to earth. She has learned from both failures and successes, which she shares with total openness and vulnerability in a way that gives me hope and confidence that I can change for the better, too. While some par ...more
Melanie
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really great ideas and strategies shared in this book about becoming a present parent. In a world of constant distraction, giving our children the message that they matter to us is communicated by the way we give them our focus and attention.

Things I want to remember:

“How many ordinary, magical days have I missed seeing? Was today miraculous? In forty years will I remember my days with such happiness and nostalgia as the memory I had today? Have I learned what matters most in life?” p.32

“Remembe
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Julie
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Shelves: 2020-read, parenting
This was so much better than I was expecting. Accessible and encouraging.
Shiniga
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is a treasure our family came across. I started reading this book to ensure we are able to devote enough time to our toddler after the second one arrives. But soon the realization hit that the principles are universal and are applicable to any relationship. This book is a reminder of the so many precious little things in life that are so very important in keeping everyone connected and happy, but are easily forgotten. An example is the part on always looking in the eye and talking. A s ...more
Jerri Eddington
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a Soul Success Coach and a Transformational Educator who loves to share ways to help others connect to the inner wisdom of their Soul. Being connected is a basic human need. Becoming a Present Parent is filled with ideas to make positive connections possible in a busy, fast paced family. Mary Ann’s ideas and strategies can be implemented in small manageable action steps by utilizing touchpoints. A touchpoint is a point of contact between a parent and a child. Most touchpoints happen daily a ...more
Saralyn
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Excellent book. Clearly written with good information. I found it helpful and inspiring. I'd highly recommend it for anyone in any kind of relationship, not just parent to child. ...more
Shambray Matthews
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is so phenomenal. It has so many good ideas and thoughts that are very attainable. I can't wait to start applying them to my life and start changing the way I think ...more
Sandy
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In a sea of annoying parenting books, this one is honest and realistic and worth your time.
Suzanne Hanks
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a better person for reading this book. The Present Parent is chalk full of tips, instruction and inspiration of ways to be present and to strengthen your relationship with your children. This stuff is not found in other parenting books. (These things also apply to your relationship with your spouse.)

I read Present Parent on a long car trip this summer and using what Mary Ann taught made a huge difference in our family connections. What a treasure! You only have so many books you can read in
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Molly Christensen
I knew this would be a good book, but I enjoyed it even more than I thought I would! The stories were great and the explanations spot-on. What makes this book really shine are the practical suggestions for connecting with your children. They are things any of us can do - they don't even take more time so much as focus. I'm inspired to do better! ...more
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Mary Ann Johnson was born into a large and boisterous family of nine children and survived to become the mother of seven equally boisterous and busy children. She has been happily married to her husband, Don, for 46 years and has 13 grandchildren aged 2 to 29. She started college at nineteen and finally finished, with a masters degree, in her forties.

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