A parenting article caught my eye last week. A Harvard professor (Ronald Ferguson) and journalist (Tasha Robertson) claim to have found the “formula” to raising successful children. Head over here to check out the full article and head over here to check out their new book The Formula: Unlocking the Secrets to Raising Highly Successful Children.

They found that the high achievers they studied had one thing in common…most of them could read before they entered Kindergarten.


Enter a book that helped my family greatly (Amazon says I bought this nine years ago, wow the kids grow fast!). If you have a child you think is ready to learn to read, head over here to score the book Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. It’s $13.87 right now on Amazon (remember they can raise prices at anytime). 

“Is your child halfway through first grade and still unable to read? Is your preschooler bored with coloring and ready for reading? Do you want to help your child read, but are afraid you’ll do something wrong?

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons is a complete, step-by-step program that shows parents simply and clearly how to teach their children to read.

Twenty minutes a day is all you need, and within 100 teaching days your child will be reading on a solid second-grade reading level. It’s a sensible, easy-to-follow, and enjoyable way to help your child gain the essential skills of reading. Everything you need is here—no paste, no scissors, no flash cards, no complicated directions—just you and your child learning together. One hundred lessons, fully illustrated and color-coded for clarity, give your child the basic and more advanced skills needed to become a good reader.”

This probably isn’t the perfect book for everyone but I truly believe it gave my kids more confidence starting Kindergarten. I recommend it highly.  I don’t think there’s a better way to spend $13.87 (truly an example of living life BETTER for less)!

Enjoy and cheers to reading!