Finding Magic in the Mess, by Steven Fonso, is a book on raising children with more joy. Fonso encourages parents to liberate their families from arbitrary rules and expectations. Fonso also encourages parents to let their kids play, and “just be kids”, assuring the reader that those values lead to more connectedness and less conflict within the family unit. Fonso also reminds parents how harmful it can be to compare one’s family to other families, and encourages parents to recognize and appreciate what makes their own family unique.
- Steve Fonso is the author of the positive parenting tome entitled, “Finding Magic in the mess.”
- The book makes the point that emotional bonding and finding joy should take precedence over arbitrary rules.
- One important element, according to Fonso, stop comparing your family to other families.
“rather than focus on cleanliness and fear of germs, let kids get dirty, connect with nature, and make a mess”