“Darryl has provided parents and caregivers with practical information. He provides adults with structures on how children are behaving, and a strategy that will assist them to ensure that behaviour can be planned for, and responded to, in a manner which consistently reinforces and encourages positive development in children.
Parents seeking assistance will know that inconsistent expectations and ‘quick fixes’ don’t last, so Darryl outlines a strategy and ideas which are manageable over the many years of childhood.
The book is easy to read, and easily shared in its e-format. Summaries at the end of each chapter enable key points to be discussed and revisited.
Adults who want guidance will find the book can be applied to different parenting situations, and most importantly, will be assisted to feel more confident in making positive parenting decisions.”
Gloria Hinks, former principal, Adelaide East Primary School
“From a lay-person’s point of view, we think this book is excellent. It goes straight to the core of the main issues of child rearing. It asks all the right questions and then proceeds to answer them in a complete and practical manner.
We love the way that Darryl is unequivocal in his solutions. He tells parents what is wrong not just what is right (so refreshing in these politically correct times). No euphemisms, no room for interpretation – just plain advice in plain language. Fantastic!
We found this to be the tone throughout the book and this is what we think sets it apart from other “how to” and “self-help” books. Our only regret is that we didn’t read it when our children were younger. We may have been able to avoid some of the stressful times.”
Marina & Steve Whitham, parents of two teenagers
“Good, solid, practical advice that is easy to understand and activities that anyone can implement successfully. Our only regret is that we didn’t have this available years ago!”
Carl Clappison, Chartered Accountant, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
“In the short time that we have implemented Darryl’s program, we have witnessed some amazing changes in our kids. After a couple of days, the routine is running like clockwork and everyone is happy – the previous tension has lifted. Thank you so much for your simple and practical processes. They have had a massive impact on our life.”
Jason Croston, Partner, Skaines Reeves & Jones, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
“Being second-time-around parents, having raised our biological children and now finding ourselves with two wonderful adopted daughters in their toddler years, I marvel at the question – how did our first two survive the growing up of their parents?
Darryl’s communicative style will have first-time parents finding comfort and direction as they try out their untested parenting skills, and not-so-new parents nodding their head in agreement as they relate from past experiences.
The Bible says train up a child in the way they should go, and when they grow old they will not depart from it.
Thank you, Darryl, for supporting parents in such a critical life function, raising our children. We so often must learn by trial and error.”
Richard B Kendall, Principal, Gordon, Hughes & Banks, Golden, Colorado, USA
“As the father of five young children, I found ‘Growing up Children’ to be a thoughtful and practical guide for raising kids in today’s busy world.
Dr Cross’ revealing insights into how the parent-child relationship can get off track, and the helpful examples for how these concepts can be applied, will enable parents to create the environment their children need to grow into well-adjusted adults.
Parents who are willing to take the time to learn how to apply the concepts found in “Growing up Children” will undoubtedly become better at parenting, and ultimately improve their relationship with their children.”
Paul Kessler, Managing Director, The Syncretics Group, Inc., Branford, Connecticut USA and Co-author of “Leading at the Edge: Leadership Lessons from Extraordinary Saga of Shackleton’s Antarctic Expedition”
“I found this to be a practical, no nonsense guide for parents with primary-aged children. A highly recommended must read book that will quickly become well worn.”
Leonie Trimper, President, Australian Primary Principals Association, Hindmarsh, South Australia, Australia
“This easy-to-read book is both honest and practical, taking a common sense approach to ensure children get stability and security in a constantly changing world. Practical, positive and empowering, this e-book leaves the reader with a real sense of strength and personal control in their parenting.”
Richard Wundke, Educational Consultant, Shanghai, China
“It’s been a while since I’ve read a parenting book packed with such sensible and practical guidance. I found this unique comparison between the wheels of a bike and balance that we as parents must have between love and rules very helpful. We must keep both wheels rolling, pumped and in good order to have balanced and loved children. This book is a good and easy read, I really enjoyed it.”
Vanessa Wrogemann, Bookkeeper, Highgate, South Australia, Australia
“There is a pathway to sanity!! The ‘Parenting Plan’ by Dr Cross has changed all our lives. The way forward now looks promising.”
Jan Hanlon, Athelstone, South Australia, Australia
“I commend Dr Cross for writing this book. He gives everyday examples that I could easily understand and so very much relate to. I believe by reading this book that it has empowered me with the tools and strategies that I now feel I can easily put into place within my own family. Thank you.”
Tracy Munday, Office Administrator, North Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
“Your simple methods and ideas have helped me to become a better parent and how to work with my children and not against them. Understanding the very importance of the habits and discipline we instil in them now will create for well balanced and respectful young adults. Thank you.”
Michelle Walford, Gawler, South Australia, Australia
“I think the book is excellent. I am very impressed by what I have read and congratulate you for offering this to parents and filling the void on bookshelves.”
Sarah Hopwood, Director, and Coach for “Equipping Young Adults for Life” West Sussex, England