Hands-On Parenting with Hands-on-Prints

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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Hands-on-Prints books. I received books to facilitate my review.

One of the things that I think we all think about as parents is how to do it better. There is so much stuff thrown at our kids every day and we know that we are supposed to filter the stimulation down to protect them from the bad stuff and enrich their lives with the good stuff. One thing that we have always tried to make time for is reading with and to our kids. It’s fun to read them the books that we remember from our own childhood, and it’s great when we can use that time to relate important messages to them – especially if it’s empowering to them in some way.

Do I Have To? What if I Don’t Want To… is a new book by Jamie Anderson, Christina Cheung, and Beth O’Connor that really helps both the parents and the little ones deal with those pesky ‘Do I have to?’ conversations that run rampant in households with children.


What I really enjoyed about this is that the book has information for parents on child development and a really good guide on listening and helping your child make good choices. What’s great for kids is that the book is interactive in a tactile way that lets your child make choices in the context of the book with special emphasis on the consequences of refusing to do certain things (like going to school or getting out of bed in the morning). The book is engaging for both the grownups and the young elementary kids.


Nuts for Coconuts is by Christina Cheung is all fun! This book is a fun exploration of all of the things that coconuts can be used to accomplish. From food to mosquito repellant, the coconut is a very versatile resource. Our youngest enjoyed the rhyming information and I learned as much as she did about the many uses of the coconut. A great part of the book for both of us was the richness of the illustrations and the diversity of the characters. Encouraging our kids to think of resources in such versatile ways was also a great feature of the book. Reading this one together helped foster a discussion about the many uses of other things we see in nature.

Christina Cheung has 5 books in this series of Hands-on-Prints. With her background in Early Childhood Education, she has a unique voice that I really enjoyed sharing with our kids. Her series is engaging for the kids and the parents, and it really inspires some great opportunities for conversations throughout each book.

Check out all five books today!

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