Life in Sturdy Stitches (Paperback)
Life in Sturdy Stitches is Valerie Felder's key work sharing how parents can get back to the basics of raising exceptional children. It offers easy-to-follow strategies for family-bonding success. Providing a behind-the-scenes reality glimpse into her life as a mother, Valerie invites the reader to see how she crafted routine life to benefit her family. She does it in conversational format for a fun read. Classify this book as an encouraging, thought-provoking "can-do" parenting manual. Concepts empower parents to plan and function according to specific family needs. It couples material with ideas for shaping sibling-to-sibling and parent-to-young child relationships as well as healthy ways of interface with adult children. Parenting improvement checklists and projects are interspersed, helping pinpoint those hard places that can challenge a family. Engaging and hilarious, heartwarming and real - Life in Sturdy Stitches tells 9 stories of one mother and her unique relationships with her 9 children, both biological and adopted. In a move of transparency, Valerie includes bonus material individually highlighting each of them. These are letters written by her children to give readers a perspective on how their family life impressed the children. The Felder children tell the story of family through their own tender eyes. A former military officer, Valerie transformed winning military teamwork principles and mingled them with her mother's heart to best nurture her children. This book provides hope and guidance for anyone with children: -Expectant parents -Parents with young children -Parents with adult children, -Parents with biological, foster or adopted children Valerie is an Air Force veteran and Family Team Builder who is called on by government agencies, associations, groups, and parents alike. She has a wealth of parenting experience and shares as a mother and grandmother. Valerie and her husband, Lee, enjoy their close-knit family of 9 children, a wonderful daughter-in-law and one delightful grandson.