The Path to Perfection: Parenting without a roadmap: tales from a (non) perfect parent

The Path to Perfection: Parenting without a roadmap: tales from a (non) perfect parent

by Dawn Thomas-Cameron

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Overview

PERFECTION AS A PARENT – IS IT POSSIBLE? REALISTIC? CONCEIVABLE?

If Perfection were an actual place, like a city or town, would there be one clearly marked exit on the road there? One that would result in you winding up in a specific location with a plethora of other perfect parents?

Would this Path to Perfection be smooth and straight? Or would it be curvy, bumpy, and fraught with detours?

More importantly, would anyone actually be there when (or if) you arrived?

Join author, Dawn Thomas-Cameron, as she explores the answers to these questions and more!

As a (non) perfect parent of three children ranging in age from three years to 23 years, Dawn is still continuing her journey along her Path to Perfection. With such a range of ages in her children, Dawn’s parenting method morphed and changed over time. This book is a compilation of stories from her life experience

The Path to Perfection is broken into three main sections: Things That Could Have Been Done Differently, Things I Handled Like a Rock Star! and Pearls of Wisdom. This book is sure to evoke your emotions as you travel along your Path to Perfection.

Editor of The Art of Being Alive (written by her late husband, Jason Cameron), Dawn has written various short stories, articles, blog articles and is currently the editor of The Busy Signal, Unifor Local 1-S’s newsletter. She won an award with Young People’s Press for her short story, Fleeing Gerald. She resides in Canada with her children.

http://www.thepathtoperfection.com/

https://windingrants.wordpress.com/

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640855199
Publisher: Creativity with Dawn
Publication date: 09/28/2019
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author

Dawn Thomas-Cameron is a parent and full-time breadwinner for her family. In her "real" life, Dawn works in Information Technology as a Systems Analyst (like a Programmer but with more meetings). She holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Saskatchewan. She currently resides in Regina, Saskatchewan (Canada) with her children.

As a (non) perfect parent of three children ranging in age from three years to 23 years, Dawn is still continuing her journey along her Path to Perfection. With such a variety of ages in her children, Dawn's parenting method morphed and changed over time. There are no official awards for being a parent; but the unofficial ones are plentiful-like watching your children grow into responsible, caring, empathetic adults.

Editor of The Art of Being Alive (written by her late husband, Jason Cameron), Dawn has written various short stories, articles, blog articles and is currently the editor of The Busy Signal, Unifor Local 1-S's newsletter. She won an award with Young People's Press for her short story, Fleeing Gerald.

This book (the first-and assuredly not the last-Dawn has published) is the culmination of 23 years of experience as a parent, experience in communication and leadership skills (courtesy Toastmasters) and past writing on a variety of topics.

http://www.thepathtoperfection.com/

https://windingrants.wordpress.com/

Table of Contents

Introduction

The Journey

The Destination

Non-Perfectness

Our Parents

Amazingly We Survived!

Wandering for Hours on End

Normal Dysfunctional

Passing Judgment

There Are Children in Other Countries ...

Parents Cry

Babies Cry

Right and Wrong

Part 1 - Things That Could Have Been Done Differently

Let Her Cry

Tylenol

Co-Sleeping

Hurry Up!

Television IS a Great Babysitter

Electronics ARE Great Babysitters

Boxes Rule!

Why You Should Not Let Your Kids Believe in Santa Claus

Call My New Spouse "Mom" or "Dad"

Germs

Bubble Wrap

Just Being Dumb

Throwing Teddy Bears

Swear Words

Candy Shop

Discipline

Holidays after Divorce or Separation

Rules for the Sake of Rules

You're Wearing What?

Marshmallows versus Brick Walls

Play Fighting

Dirty Diapers

Room Cleaning

Temper Tantrums

Yelling

Child Protective Services

Apologizing

Hair Dye

Part 2 - Things I Handled Like a Rock Star!

Mirror Obsession

Monster Spray

Nightmares

Playdough Made From Scratch

Slime

Christmas Presence

Family Time

Nickelback

Washroom Usage

Sex Ed

Planned Parenthood Classes

Sex Ed—New Generation

Road Trips

Who's Everyone?

Grounding Revamped

In My Days …

Spaced Out Children

Ask the Other Parent

High School Trip

Mama Bear

Tattoos

Making Responsible Choices

Saying No

Jobs

Social Butterflies

Sexual Preferences

Young Adults

Easter Egg Hunts

Christmas Presents Spy Game

Picky Eaters

Gender Norms

Career Choices

Pink Strollers

Nail Polish

Girls Can't Be Truck Drivers

Paddling Pools

Help Me Fix My Car

Making Songs Out of Anything

Wheels on the Bus (Semi-exhaustive version)

Make up Lyrics

Change up Lyrics

Rock a Bye Baby

Dance Like No One is Watching

Grocery Shopping

Can I Have a Bunny?

Hop

Calgary Bus Trip

Bribing with Broccoli

Part 3 - Pearls of Wisdom

Underage Drinking

Marijuana

Pain

Friend Versus Parent

Needles

Dealing with Violence

Sam and Dean

To Flu Shot or Not to Flu Shot

Parenting Through Divorce

Divorced Versus Single Parenting

School Marks

The Sanctity of Marriage

Contradicting Rules

Stranger Danger

Unwanted Touching

Babies Having Babies

Pole Dancing

Zombies

Bedtime Routines

Turn the Television/Computer Off

An Author in Training

Cat to The Rescue

Losing J

Our Last Road Trip

Rapid Decline

Whispers from the Universe

Providing After Death

Potty-Training

Gas

Graffiti

Stupid Ads (YouTube)

The (Power) Struggle is Real

Ghosts

Present Moment Mindfulness

Cheerleading and 6-packs

Adulting

Teaching Me

Generational Gap—Definition of Sexy

To Moustache or Not to Moustache

Money

Squeegee Kids

Paying for Chores

Stuff

Financial Know How

An Average Day in the Life of a Parent

It's Okay to Not Be Okay

Summary

One Foot Forward

If I Could Do It Again …

Reaching Perfection

Final Words

About the Author

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