Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Book Review For Tantrums, Troubles, and Treasures by Clayton Paul Thomas

Tantrums, Troubles, and Treasures: A Parent's Guide to Parenting in the 21st Century

Written by: Clayton Paul Thomas
ISBN Number: 978-1-257-05609-5
Publication Date: April 2011

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Clayton Paul Thomas has worked with kids for about 16 years from three different settings. The first was at St. Joseph Children’s Home. This was a place abused kids went after being permanently separated from their parents. Most of his parenting skills were developed here. The kids Clayton worked with ranged from ages 3 to 15.

 Afterwards, Clayton became an elementary public school teacher. He taught for 7 1/2 years from 1st through 4th grade. Finally, Clayton has two boys (Cameron age 7 and Luke age 3). He has been married for 9 years to his beautiful wife Lauren. Though his parenting skills were learned at St. Joseph, his wife’s has been the inspiration to writing the book and sharing insights with all of you. To her, Clayton is eternally thankful.


Tantrums, Troubles and Treasures is a book for parents in the 21st century who want to look at parenting from a different point of view.

All moms and dads from every walk of life can agree that being a parent is the hardest job in the world. Each person wants to be a good parent, and there are times when each of us are looking for guidance. Whether it be from our own parents or from friends, we have all come to realize that there is no such thing as being the perfect parent. Everyone is learning and doing their best. Every once in awhile there is a book out there that can help make us see parenting in a different light. Tantrums, Troubles and Treasures, is certainly that eye opener.

This is a book that Clayton Paul Thomas has created that uses his life experiences to help other parents. He talks about The Art of Presence, Confidence and Inquisitiveness, Education, Patience, Discipline, and many other topics that parents face on a constant basis. He often starts each section with a story that relates to the topic, then moves into examples, situations, and suggestions. It doesn't matter if a child is a parents 1st or 8th, all parent's will find themselves nodding their heads going, "Yes, I've been there!" and all parent's will be able to reflect on what they have done right, as well as what they have done wrong.

The author does not preach his teachings, but merely gives advice in hoping that an example that he has given, or a story that he has told, will somehow hit home to his readers and in that way have the reader look at their problem from a different angle to find the solution. What parent's will remember is that we, as parent's, are our children's best examples. Children will emulate what they see and what they hear. So be the best role model possible. Children should be learning about life from their  parent's, not their friends.

Parents will find helpful the assignments at the end of every section or chapter. The assignments, again, makes parents look at their past situations and causes them to reflect, they in turn, find themselves thinking with more clarity then they were in the moment.

Parents will enjoy this 162 page parenting guide and look at parenting from a different point of view. Whether you are an experienced parent or not, every parent will be able to find something in the book that will benefit them.

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  1. Thank you so much for reviewing my book. For anyone with questions, feel free to ask. My parenting life is an open book.

    Best wishes,

    Tantrums, Troubles, and Treasures

  2. Great review and thanks for sharing with your readers. I really enjoyed the book myself, too.

  3. This really is an informative book. I hope readers will enjoy it. Thank you so much for sharing it with is Clayton.

  4. I just learned about this book, but I can't wait to read it. I was wondering if you could tell me more about what makes the point of view in this book different from other books or parenting concepts in the media today?

    shananthebookaddict AT gmail DOT com

  5. I think one thing that makes this book different is I didn't learn my trade through the media or by studying it in school (like a lot of parenting books). I had on the job training- like most parents. The difference was I worked with an elite staff who was there for me every step of the way. The staff was at St. Joseph Children's Home in Louisville KY. It would be similar to a basketball player being coached by Kobe Bryant or a tennis player being coached by Roger Federer.

    This book was also written with the heart of a teacher. Concepts are presented that all parents will struggle with. Instead of sitting up on high looking down on all my readers (which I feel happens when concepts are presented by the media) I wrote the book as if I were walking with you in a park and explaining how a problem you may be having can be solved.

    Finally, while the book is motivational, it is also entertaining. I walk my readers through mistakes I have made so they can avoid those potholes. One of my readers told me recently, "Clay, I have read this once for the sheer entertainment. Now, I need to read it again and take notes." I considered that a true compliment. I hope this helps. Enjoy the book.

  6. Thank you so much for commenting, Clayton. You bring up excellent points that will help many parents.

    Thanks Shanan for commenting on the review. I know that you will enjoy the book.


  7. Following from friday blog hop=)
    hope you will come check us out

  8. Following from friday blog hop...

  9. Our July Book Giveaway Winner for Clayton Paul Thomas' book is Shanan!

    I'll be emailing you soon.