Raising Humans with Heart Review

Raising Humans with Heart

Okay, while reading Sarah MacLaughlin’s ‘not a how-to manual’ on raising kids, I wondered how she is in my head with how I felt with my kids. My wife and I experienced many of the same lessons she effectively describes in her book Raising Humans with Heart. She talks about real life and adult situations, which is sometimes uncomfortable — but when is raising children comfortable? I found it a wake-up call for parents that raising kids today is not the same as when you or I grew up. MacLaughlin assures us of this fact and helps guide today’s parents through being a parent in today’s world.

This book is an excellent tool for the new parent, the parent who needs a healthy boost of confidence, and the adult looking to be a parent one day who wants the inside scoop of what it’s like on the other side of the fence. MacLaughlin gives a healthy dose of instruction to all adults from all walks of life. She begins by telling parents that their most important relationship is with themselves. She reminds readers that there are no parenting hacks and gives us the truth about parenting in one quote, “Parenting is a marathon, not a sprint.”

One sample I want to share is, early in MacLaughlin’s book, she speaks of the two types of power. Having the power-to and power-over. The power-to is our ability to take action. While power-over is to control others. She explains trying to control another person’s behavior or emotions is stepping over bounds. The only time an adult should control, power-over, a child is for safety concerns. MacLaughlin encourages us to allow a child to express their emotions. We are to set limits; the child can feel their feelings to those limits. But it is also important to realize when we as parents are getting triggered. The key is to be respectful of your child having emotions, not to shut them down from expressing them.

Through the next chapters, our author discusses other relative topics such as the importance of listening, setting limits, and how much gatekeeping a parent should be warranted. With each child being unique, they are all wired differently. We should invest in learning about their differences and adapt accordingly. MacLaughlin will not offer your mom and dad’s advice in her book on raising kids. She uses a modern approach, taking what our children, and you as a parent, experience day to day into account.

MacLaughlin closes her book with a reminder that growing up today is not like it was when we were children. Our kids face so much more than we did in school, or life for that matter. The topics reviewed, and challenges discussed about the decisions our kids will be asked to make are handled professionally. While I may disagree personally with some of her approaches, she has a solid foundation for what she teaches readers. A parent looking for a book about raising kids within today’s society would benefit from reading Raising Humans with Heart. You can purchase her book by following the link to the Isabella Media book site.

Jeff S. Bray is a contract writer for Isabella Media, Inc. You can follow him on his website JeffSBrayAuthor.com

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