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"The Best-Kept Secrets of Parenting: 18 Principles that Can Change Everything" is by Brad Wilcox and Jerrick Robbins.

"THE BEST-KEPT SECRETS OF PARENTING: 18 Principles that Can Change Everything," by Brad Wilcox and Jerrick Robbins, Familius, $14.95, 184 pages (nf)

Parenting is not an easy task, which means parents often look for instructions to help. In a recent book, "The Best-Kept Secrets of Parenting," Brad Wilcox and Jerrick Robbins share some powerful insights to help ease the difficult job of parenting.

Wilcox, a father of four, member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a professor at Brigham Young University, and Robbins, the oldest of seven children, share ideas that can help families run more smoothly. They compare family life to a car trip with unexpected twists and turns, bumps in the road and complete with wondering "are we there yet?"

The 18 secrets Robbins and Wilcox present include topics of self-esteem, journaling, giving praise, being friendly toward children, using humor, showing love, working together, being positive and supporting family members in difficult times.

These tips can help make parenting a little less stressful for parents and children. Wilcox and Robbins use real-world examples and stories to illustrate and solidify their points. Many of the ideas can assist parents to strengthen relationships with their children, which can enable parents to better help kids through life while they make their own choices. The positive changes can create a more healthy and happy home environment.

The fresh perspectives from Robbins and Wilcox can help parents not only see parenting in a new light, but also see their children differently. The secrets encourage and give parents permission to parent more friendly.

"The Best-Kept Secrets of Parenting" is a great resource for parents in any stage of parenting who want to improve and better their family. The book is free of any swearing, sexuality or violence, but does reference serious parenting topics such as drugs, alcohol, sex and abuse.

Wendy Jessen is a regular contributor for familyshare.com and frequently does media reviews. Her email is wendyjessen26@gmail.com and she blogs at mormonmomofsix.blogspot.com.