Muddling Through: Perspectives on Parenting

Muddling Through: Perspectives on Parenting

by Bil Lepp


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"When I was asked to write this book it was not because I am an accredited child rearing expert. I have no degree, credentials or recognition as a child raising expert. I am a professional storyteller who occasionally tells stories about parenting. Here’s an important credential I do hold: I have won the West Virginia Liars’ Contest five times. The advice I offer, however, is honest. I have two kids who, at this writing, are eight and eleven years old. That gives me nineteen collective years in the parenting trenches. I cannot claim to be a successful parent. I’m not sure when any parent can deem their job a success. Your child’s whole life will be greatly determined by the portion they spend with you. I am offering what advice I can with the idea that I think my wife and I are doing pretty well.

"I should admit that I have never before written an advice book, never read an advice book, and don’t have much intention of ever reading one. I’m not sure I’ve ever even read an instruction manual past the point where it says, 'Before attempting to operate this device you need to thoroughly read these instructions.' I just muddle through." —from the Introduction

While National storyteller Bil Lepp has been known to lie in public, in his book Muddling Through he gives us some truths he has learned from being a parent and from having parents. Each lesson has a story attached which makes it not only fun reading, but memorable learning as well.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781942672166
Publisher: Familius LLC
Publication date: 04/15/2013
Pages: 126
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

A storyteller, author, and recording artist, Lepp’s works have received awards and recognition from The Parents’ Choice Foundation, The National Parenting Publications Assoc., Storytelling World, and the Public Library Assoc. Lepp has been featured numerous times at the National Storytelling Festival, and at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and major storytelling and corporate events across the country. Bil lives in Charleston, WV with his wife and two children.

Table of Contents

1 About Conversations and Questions 1

2 About Having Fun 13

3 Wants and Needs and the Value of Things 22

4 About Traditions 33

5 About Eating and Mealtime 46

6 About Patience 55

7 About Confidence 64

8 About Reading and Language Arts 76

9 About Faith and Prayer and Giving 87

10 About Individuality 96

11 Final Note 107

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