Recently, while traveling through an area of New York City stricken by poverty, I mused over how I could write a book on parenting that would help parents in that environment. There, survival was their first priority. Many parents juggled more than one job or none at all. They may have been raising several children or were single parents with no backup support. Their lives were far from anything I had ever experienced. However, I concluded that there are some common parenting principles that are universal. In the pages that follow, I will share my thoughts on these principles, for I believe they can be a guiding light for parents everywhere. I’m excited about bringing insight into how to make that happen.
It doesn’t matter where you live, which culture you belong to, or what your background is. I strongly believe that, as a parent, you want to do the best you can for your children. Using the KISS approach (Keep It Sweet and Simple) to parenting will better your chances of success. This doesn’t mean the job of being a parent is easy or simple. It is hard and very complex. It is a 24/7 job that takes much energy and perseverance. This book is compiled as a guide to help parents succeed by keeping their techniques and approaches as simple as possible. My goal in writing is to help all parents who read my book reach their ultimate goal of creating positive relationships with their children as they help them grow, develop self-control, and become responsible citizens who contribute to society by using their skills and talents.