Parents understand the challenge that is raising children. In a day and age where technology is more present in the family home, directly impacting on interpersonal communication, there is often a sense of helplessness when suddenly things seem to fall apart. Sheila Du Plessis understands the importance of providing a stable foundation for children to develop from and for this reason has introduced The Step Into Your Future series.
It’s obvious from the start that Du Plessis holds a deep passion for ensuring that family units are strengthened through knowledge, providing all members a chance to feel that they are leading a productive way of life. To fully appreciate a guide book of this nature, I feel it is important to put into practice what has been shared. I can say that while a lot of what I learned can be used with younger children, mine are ages 6 and 4, I feel it would be better suited for parents of kids aged 10 +. Mine just didn’t seem interested nor able to fully grasp the concept that we focused on at a given stage.
IYFPWOL focusses on providing parents with the tools to identify whether a child is battling, and how best to assist them with overcoming the obstacles and learning from them for the future. There are a lot of areas covered, and each of the comes with an introduction, pointers on identifying the core area of focus as well as exercises to complete as a family.
Sheila utilises her own personal experiences to bring information to the reader in an easy to understand format. I thoroughly enjoyed the quotes included and the analogies utilised in explaining the various aspects.
I was informed that little editing was done on the book which I am sure will be addressed for future books in the series as there really is a fair amount of editing required to eliminate things such as excessively long descriptions and explanations, for example;
“Let us imagine, these emotions as contents, stored in their “backpack”; their thoughts! These may be so haphazardly packed, to the point of overflowing, with irrational thoughts, faulty beliefs, impractical imaginings, absurd conclusions, self-destructive approaches, pathetic attitudes and ultimately outrageous or unreasonable choices and actions”
A summarised guide is available for the full length book which I found a lot easier to use for the purpose of interacting with my children, though presently this has not lead to 100% success, we have certainly been provided with brilliant foundations from which we can work later on.