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What Would We Do If

Shalmarie Bunker and Kim Osborne

Average Review Rating Average Rating 9/10 (1 Review)
Book Details

Publisher : Bonneville Books

Published : 2003

Copyright : Shalmarie Bunker and Kim Osborne 2003

ISBN-10 : PB 1-55517-720-4
ISBN-13 : PB 978-1-55517-720-1

Publisher's Write-Up

Key Features:

  • This follow-up to What Would You Do If ... contains three times as much information and covers situations ranging from tots to teens.
  • Families across the nation have used this book as a way to spark conversations on important topics affecting their home life.
  • Arranged according to age group, with easy-to-use tabs marking each chapter.

A young mother asked her four-year-old daughter Cassidy,
“What would you do if someone you didn’t know told you he lost his puppy and wanted you to help find it?"
Without blinking an eye she said,
“I would go and help him, Mama.”

The mother’s stomach turned and tears rolled down her cheeks. She was certain she had failed at parenting.

As parents, we assume our children know how to respond in certain situation, but this isn’t always the case. What Would We Do If... is a reader-friendly book that parents and children can read together.

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Review by Molly Martin (310804) Rating (9/10)

Review by Molly Martin
Rating 9/10
Section one, The Early Years presents, five chapters:
Out of Sight But Not Out of Mind
School Daze
Emergency Exits
Let’s Go Fly a Kite
Out and About,
and Final Thoughts.

Section two, The Later Years, is eight chapters: Friendly Reminders
Study Strategies
The 9 1 1
Let’s Party!
The Dating Game
Getting Connected?
Working Hard or Hardly Working?
Baby Baby!
And in the end.

The writers present an eye opening statement in their introduction: ‘As parents we make assumptions as to what we have taught our children and what we think they know.’ What Would We Do If is a direct by-product of the writers’ learning the truth of that statement.

Each chapter is presented as a help for parents to use when talking with their own children about what to do in specific situations. What to do when situations are encountered at a friend’s house, at school, or emergency settings are all geared on what to say to the small child who may not yet understand what to do. Emergency situation especially need to be well thought out by parents prior to their trying to teach children what to do when the smoke alarm goes off, or a tornado is nearly upon you.

As kids mature talking time between parent and child needs to continue, however the specifics may change. The writers stress that Parents must have well developed understandings for how they themselves will face situations prior to trying to talk to their pre teen or teens.

Writers Bunker and Osborne are parents who have put into practice the methods they advocate in What Would We Do If. I especially enjoyed the little tidbits added as the writers told how specific situations played out for them regarding the suggestions offered.

What Would We Do If is a short little book filled to the brim with useful, helpful hints developed by two women who have an easy writing, easy reading style.

The book should prove helpful to parents of newborns and older kids alike. The book is easily read, filled with good useful suggestions and will enhance the home library of those who endeavour to broaden their understanding of kids and how to guide them to successful adulthood.

Enjoyed the read, happy to recommend.

Molly Martin (31st August 2004)

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