BOOK GIVEAWAY: Life Ki-do Parenting, Tools to Raise Happy, Confident Kids from the Inside Out

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. -Frederick Douglass

Parenting is the most important job you will ever have. The world needs you.

If you survive the infant stage (and your friends and family are still speaking to you after a year of erratic behavior, all blamed on sleep deprivation) you see a glimpse of normal life again.

But then the terrible two’s hit you head on. Suddenly you’re wondering where in the world is that stupid stork? He clearly forgot to include the instruction manual when he delivered the baby.

Your child starts school, and you realize this is only the beginning. You want them to function as a positive member of society. To be happy. To make a difference in this big, bad world.

But under tremendous pressure, and influence of peers and culture today, kids are being conditioned to believe in the “American Happiness Formula”: look good + perform well + approval = happiness.

Instead of happiness, we are seeing an alarming rate of stress, anxiety, and depression. Not only in our children, but in our adults! The formula doesn’t work.

One of my best parenting decisions to date was enrolling my son in martial arts at age four. The physical training is incredible preparation for team sports. More importantly, though, is the personal growth I’ve seen and continue to observe in him.

My little guy has grown from disruptive, self-centered preschooler into a focused, confident, and compassionate second grader. His martial arts training plays a key role in his ongoing development.

When I learned my son’s teacher, Jonathan Hewitt, was writing a book on parenting I couldn’t wait to read it. Founder of Life Ki-do in Austin, Texas, Sensei Jonathan has developed a Tools for Life system.

Integrating 20 years of experience teaching life skills and martial arts, 25 years of mindfulness and meditation study, and data and research from modern psychology and neuroscience, the system is made up of four components:

  • River Check-in for improving focus
  • River Effort for building confidence and a strong sense of self
  • A-B Formula for developing resilience when facing life’s challenges
  • My Shoes, Your Shoes, Our Shoes for cultivating social intelligence

In addition to teaching you how to implement these tools, Sensei Jonathan combines the system with four parenting pillars:

  • Modeling
  • Unconditional Love & Acceptance
  • Nurturing & Empowering Encouragement
  • Empowering Discipline

I found the book to be extremely practical. The ideas and techniques are easy to understand and apply. The best review comes from my seven year old, who says, “Life Ki-do has taught me how to deal with stressful situations. It’s just so amazing I can’t talk about it!”

To help others reduce stress in their parenting lives, I’m giving away 5 signed copies of Life Ki-do Parenting: Tools to Raise Happy, Confident Kids from the Inside Out. To get a chance at snagging one, you must take the following three actions:

  • Subscribe to my blog. Simply enter your email address in the upper righthand corner of the home page, or click here. It’s a two-step process, so be sure to verify your subscription. Already subscribed? Then you’re good to go. (Thank you! My readers rock)! Hesitant? See why people are saying it’s Worth the Time.
  • Leave a comment below. Tell me why you want the book. Be creative!
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On Friday, July 27, I will select five people, based solely on my evaluation of their comments. If you are chosen to receive the book, I will contact you via email. If you don’t hear from me, you can assume you weren’t selected.

Don’t fret if you’re not selected. I plan to give a free copy of my new eBook, Engage Your Core, to ALL of my subscribers later this year. Stay tuned!

Cheers to raising great kids! Now excuse me while I go practice my Ninja Breathing.

This giveaway is not associated with any referral program. I will not receive commission on products sold. I purchased five copies of the book myself, because I believe Jonathan Hewitt is making a difference in the lives of children. I am giving them away because my readers are awesome. If you wish to purchase the book, you can find it on Amazon. Enjoy!


  1. Estelle says:

    I really want a copy of this parenting book. I happen to have a whole library of parenting book and read them when I am stressed or lost for what to do with my  parenting struggles. I trust your opinions on parenting and hope this book can give me some light in my tunnel…………lol .

  2. Why do I want the book…  Let’s see.  I’m a dad of 5 (and another on the way).  We homeschool (so our kids are with us almost 100% of the time).  I’m a youth minister (so our kids are being raised in a very positive, constructive atmosphere and any ideas on how to improve this are welcome).  I’m a youth minister (so resources I can recommend to our church families are great to have on hand).  I’m a working husband to a stay-at-home mom (so my wife would benefit from things I learn and implement to help her out).  I’m a voracious reader (so another book on my shelf is like another trophy in a hunting lodge).  I’m broke (with five+ kids, why does that surprise people?  So free is better than buying one).  And, the give-away got me to subscribe via email to your blog (I already subscribe via RSS, but I get giddy when people subscribe to my blog, so… you’re welcome).

    Is that enough?  Because I can list more reasons…
    Thanks for the chance! 

  3. Oh let me count the ways I could use help with my parenting! There is absolutely nothing more precious to me than the fact that God has entrusted me with these three amazing kids of His and I certainly want to do right by Him! I want to make my years with these little people count and to raise them up the best I can! 

  4. Tony Castronovo says:

    I would like a copy. As a single Dad of twin 9 yr old boys I can use all the help I can get!! 🙂 They are are very unique in many ways and need my constant support, love, patience, and strength. With the limited time I have with them it’s important to make our moments matter.

  5. Three reasons I would love to have a copy of this book:  First, part of my job is to help successful leaders be productive leaders who develop others.  This is an amazing opportunity for which I am profoundly grateful.  The challenge is that adults are really nothing more than bigger versions of the kids someone raised; great parenting skills are usually transferable and readily applicable to my professional life.  Secondly, I am raising two tiny humans whom I hope turn into successful leaders who have a love for developing others.  Third, and by far the most compelling, “My Shoes, Your Shoes, Our Shoes.”  Are you kidding me?  Shoes?! I am in.

  6. Tschlereth says:

    I’d love a copy of the book! While I’ve already raised 2 boys into men, I often think of the things I’d wish I had done to better prepare them to be successful in a world that thrives on failure, and taught them to be forward thinking, and better prepared to tackle any challenge that comes their way. Now that I’m raising their little sister, (who is 3), I want to make sure she is better equipped and more aware of the impact that she can make not only in her own life, but in the lives of others.

    Plus… Everyone knows that kids dont come with instructions, but some crib notes might come in handy for the final exam called LIFE!

  7. Carrieketchum07 says:

    I would love a copy of the book.. I have a 16 yr old stepdaughter, 14 yr old daughter, two boys that are 7 and 2, and my husband and I have a karate school in north Texas. I am very interested to read parenting tip from another martial artist that could help me with my kids at home (especially with my boys) as well as the 30+ kids we have in our school which we consider as part of our family.

  8. Tracy- I would LOVE a copy of this book.  It comes at a perfect time and sounds like a very fitting book.  We were just about to sign my oldest (6) for Tae Kwon Do and  had heard wonderful things about how it can really help channel frustrations with children.  We are also talking about picking up and moving out to the country, sometime next year, so we can be more influential on our children and live simpler lives based on our values.  

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