HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: A Hug and a Kiss and a Kick in the Pants: A Creative Approach to Preventing Disciplinary Problems
Author: Kay Kuzma
Cover Illustrator: Edward Letwenko
Publisher: Chariot Family Pub., 1987
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Parents
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Kuzma, Kay. A Hug and a Kiss and a Kick in the Pants: A Creative Approach to Preventing Disciplinary Problems (published in1987 by Life Journey Books, an imprint of David C. Cook Publishing Co., Elgin, IL 60120). Oh my! Another book on childrearing. Most such parenting books use an “if you do this, that, and the other, then this will happen, and if you don’t do this, that, and the other, then that will happen” approach. However, A Hug and a Kiss and a Kick in the Pants is not a “how to” book in the usual sense. Rather, it is a success “storybook” about parents who have discovered disciplinary strategies that work. The author, Dr. Kay Kuzma, combines the practical experience of raising three children with more than twenty years in the fields of child development and family health services. This valuable resource is a collection of stories that can give parents a fresh look at the challenging responsibility of raising children with a creative approach to preventing disciplinary problems. Usually, materials from David C. Cook are generally conservative and fairly reliable.
Reader reviewers made several positive comments. One wrote, “I raised my kids with it and now they are raising theirs with it. It’s full of love and logic.” Another said, “It’s a great book to help you on how to handle your kids from other parents experiences.” Someone else noted, “OUTSTANDING book on raising children. When no other book seemed to give me the advice I was looking for, this one, recommended to me by a friend, came to my rescue.” Still another remarked, “I devoured this book when I was a young mother. It gave me tons of ideas and encouragement while I was an exhausted stay at home mom with three kids under the age of five.” Yet another wrote, “This is one of the best books I have in my library. It taught me loving, creative discipline.” Then someone else said, “I have read and re-read this book a number of times over the years, and recommended it to my friends. It has lots of practical parenting advice, especially for parents of younger kids but really for all ages. From a Christian perspective.” Someone else remarked, “This is my favorite childcare book right next to How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Faber and Mazlish.” And finally, there is the note, “Great guide to parents in raising responsible loving children in today’s world.”