I was asked recently by Exisle Publishing to review Here Be Dragons. It says on the cover, “A parent’s guide to discovering purpose, adventure, and the unfathomable joy of the journey.” I did think to myself, “not another parenting book!”
I got to about page three and, to my delight, couldn’t put it down.
It wasn’t like any other parenting book I had read or reviewed. I loved what was different. It is written by Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh and Ken Harbaugh – from how they met, how they developed as people together and apart, and how they met each challenge once they became parents. I found it to be an honest and personal insight into both parent’s experience and how they felt about it and dealt with it – and is full of humour only parent’s would appreciate!
I felt a part of Annmarie’s and Ken’s lives as I turned the pages and could relate to their many experiences; as well as how they had overcome the tough times.
What stood out for me though was how they described real issues faced by all of us once we become parents –
- How mothers are judged differently to fathers.
- Working through career goals and meeting the needs of your children.
- Who does what, when.
- How imbalanced it can be – and that is perfect.
- Getting the right people around you.
- Weathering each storm, knowing it will pass.
Then it is all tied nicely together at the end with a section of topics and questions for discussion as you examine your own ‘story’.
I highly recommend Here be Dragons for parents of any age children. Whether it is for reflection, guidance or amusement – this book has it all.