Book Review: Peanut Butter Principles by Eric Franklin

We were contacted to review Peanut Butter Principles: 47 Leadership Lessons Every Parent Should Teach Their Kids by Eric Franklin. This review is based on my opinions only and I was not compensated for it.

Take leadership skills, ideas and principles and apply them to your own parenting and teaching with the hope that your children will become leaders themselves. What a great approach to parenting, right?

This is the idea that Eric Franklin came up with when he wrote Peanut Butter Principles: 47 Leadership Lessons Every Parent Should Teach Their Kids. Eric is an amusement park worker turned entrepreneur who has learned a lot in his life of working hard and leading wherever he goes. In this book he shows many examples of how his work ethics and faith has led him to where he is today.  Peanut Butter Principles is a great summary of many other books, whether leadership or parenting, all rolled into one place. I think this book is great for those who are looking for a catch-all approach to forming an intelligent, contributing leader in the future.

Eric takes 47 different principles like “Love thyself”, “Success is a verb”, and “Count your blessings, not your problems” and shares his thoughts on why children in today’s society need to learn and practice them. In most chapters he spends half the time giving personal experiences or observations on why these principles are important and then the other half explaining why we should teach them to our children. As much as these thoughts are great, as a relatively new mother in the scheme of things, I would have liked more ways to share, teach and apply these ideas with my kids.

However, these bite size pieces of leadership nuggets are perfect reading for any busy parent. More importantly, even though there are 47 of these bite size pieces, it is a fairly quick read. The principles are just that, principles, if you are looking for guides or how-to, this is not your book. Eric suggests to work through each principle before moving onto the next….and what great advice. Each chapter is about 5 or so pages long and perfect to consider and focus on for a week or two at a time before moving onto the next one. YOU need to work on these just as much as your kid. These are leadership skills that everyone can use. I think most of the book is more applicable to the parents in the early years and then for the children in the later years.

There are a lot of principles, just glancing at the table of contents, you can see some are very similar but Eric focuses on five areas of life that will build your little leader: self awareness, goals, life experiences, relationships and choices. These are great areas of life to focus on and throughout  Peanut Butter Principles he also extends the importance of a foundation in faith and family. He has a lot of nuggets of ideas such as “We don’t become wiser without stumbling. Life is a lot of trial and error” and “If what you drive to the bank cost more money than you have in the bank, you’re poor”. If you are looking to raise an influential, driven, self-motivated, committed leader, then this book will help give you the principles to make that happen.

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