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A few years ago, I was teaching a class to a group of early childhood educators, and one of the participants had just visited a local bookstore. On her desk sat a copy of It’s OK NOT To Share by Heather Shumaker. I was so intrigued by the title that I went out and bought my own copy immediately.

Good choice.

If you have read this blog for a while, you know I am a fan. Heather Shumaker is wise, funny, and so timely with her advice to parents and educators. So I am excited to share that she has a new book, It’s OK to Go UP the Slide!

All of us who read her first book while our young ones were in diapers and navigating preschool need some new advice on navigating the tricky issues our elementary-aged children are facing…and this is that book. Once again, Heather is not afraid to take on the difficult (sometimes controversial) topics, boiling down practical advice into short, easy-to-read chapters that fit the needs of busy families.

I was invited to read an early copy of her manuscript, and I can tell you that it is truly wonderful. There are so many excellent chapters…here is a small sample:


  • Safety Second
  • Recess is a Right
  • It’s OK to Talk to Strangers
  • Princesses are Powerful
  • Deal with News Disasters
  • Discipline Your Phone

So, if you are interested in her book, buy it now, and get these cool gifts: order a copy of before March 13, 2016 and receive free gifts (special edition one-hour podcast taking you behind the scenes plus a set of inspirational quotes for your fridge). Simply 1) buy the book before March 13, 2) send an email to saying where you bought it.

And, only for readers of this blog…WIN A COPY! Heather is offering a FREE COPY of her book!  Enter to win your own free copy by leaving a comment below. I will randomly select one winner at midnight (PST) on March 7. Don’t forget to check back on the 8th to see if you are the winner!

Thank you, Heather!