Book Reviews

★★★★★ “Parenting Through the Eyes of Lollipops by Jacqueline Pirtle is the go-to primer for expectant, struggling, or just plain curious parents.”-RED CITY REVIEW – Professional Editorial Review

Pirtle uses her experience as a mother and holistic practitioner to distill her key takeaways for developing a healthy, nourishing relationship with your children. At the heart are her Three Pillars: The Harmonious Dance, It Is Never the Child, and The Love Cycle of Parenthood. To give just a taste of these teachings, the first pillar—The Harmonious Dance—describes the natural give-and-take relationship between parents and their children, where the role of teacher and student is meant to switch constantly as children grow up. When parents fall too heavily into teacher mode, The Harmonious Dance becomes unbalanced. Through the synergy of these three pillars, Pirtle takes readers on a journey from pre-conception all the way to adulthood, checking in with parents at each stage of growth and describing the unique challenges—and joys!—that accompany each one.

Parenting Through the Eyes of Lollipops is an optimistic manual for any parent who needs to be reminded of how special their job really is. Pirtle’s perspective on parenthood is truly unique—and refreshing. She believes that the healthiest families blossom where equality is encouraged. Forgetting to respect our children enough, or putting too much pressure on them because parents know what is right, is exactly the wrong way to raise young adults. And, while this message might be tough for some parents to hear, it could be exactly what they need to hear. For readers who are interested in engaging with more of Pirtle’s teachings, they are encouraged to pick up a copy of 365 Days of Happiness, which is a guide to cultivating true happiness in one’s life. Though less specific to parenthood, this brilliant book carries its own share of great life lessons.


The entire book presented alot of valuable information and provided me with a few different ways to look at parenting.

“Pirtle argues that children and their parents are equals in this life of parenting and there are times that one is the student and one is the teacher and vice-versa. It is a harmonious dance in which the child and parent are equal participants. Yes parenting is part of a dance— one that can be fun, harmonious and joyful. One that allows our children to become who THEY are and that reminds us as parents that our children are their own beings.”

“Parenting Through the Eyes of Lollipops by Jacqueline Pirtle has been pretty life-changing – you might think that’s a bit of a bold statement but it really has been! When I began reading Parenting Through the Eyes of Lollipops by Jacqueline Pirtle, I was mildly sceptical about how this book would be. I assumed it was a “perfect parenting” “you must do this to have happy children” type of books – boy was I wrong. I feel that reading Parenting Through the Eyes of Lollipops has truly helped me to become the best parent I can be. It’s made me realise how my own childhood had blurred the way I was parenting my own children too.”

“In conclusion, Jacqueline Pirtle takes you on an experience like no other when parenting your children or grandchildren. You will dig deeper into the meaning of parenting and be able to enjoy parenting more by just following her three pillars. It is one of the utmost best books I have read in 2019 so much that I have read it 3 times before writing this.”

“I wish I had a book like this when I first became a Mom and was kind of unsure of what to do. It’s a great book to read no matter what stage of parenting you are on.”


“This book is playful and gives a much needed reframe on the child-parent relationship and approach to parenting.” — Insightful Inspirations

“Parenting Through the Eyes of Lollipops is less a book about how to parent , but how to bring joy to parenting and thus your lives.”

“It’s an inspiring and insightful new way to examine your relationship with your child and yourself, encouraging you to take more enjoyment from the everyday.”

Amazon Reviews:

I cant put it down… I am about to read it for the second time. I am a super busy mom with a full-time job, blogger, and running my Irish twin boys to sports, daycare, and more. Her book is the perfect read when I am stuck waiting around. It provides me a different angle to look at! In the end our children and next generations are mirror images of there surroundings.
Jacqueline reminds us that parenting can be fun and colorful, like lollipops. It empowers me to better myself and my family. It is very energetic and addicting to read! ~ Review on amazon

Highly Recommended… Parenthood can be challenging! In her book — Parenting Through the Eyes of Lollipops, Jacqueline Pirtle explains the importance of maintaining good physical, mental, and spiritual health to equip a person for parenthood. I am a parent and relate to the messages found in this book. The collaboration of parents and children toward a harmonious family is well articulated. Self-care is an essential component of mental health, advocated in this inspiring book, which also highlights conflict resolution skills that are necessary for peaceful coexistence. Readers are shown that parenthood can be filled with sweetness, and cherished experiences. Doubtless, Jacqueline Pirtle is an Ambassador for Mindful Happiness. She exudes positive energy, which I am privileged to enjoy. I commend the insightful, remarkable Jacqueline Pirtle, and recommend Parenting Through the Eyes of Lollipops to parents, parents-to-be, carers, and everyone. ~ Review on amazon

Joyful, fun, sweet and colorful!… Jacqueline’s second book founded on the premise that everything is energy, and the way to live peacefully and happily in the world is to recognize that premise is as chock full of good reminders and nuggets of wisdom as her first, this time around, not just for being in the world, but for being a parent. Parents will find it so useful and relieving to learn, or remember, that the parent/child relationship is an ever changing student/teacher relationship, with each partner taking turns in the two roles. Letting go of resistance to moving back and forth from teacher to student through each and every stage of parenting, from conception to passing, is the key to a fulfilling and meaningful relationship between parent and child. Another incredibly powerful tool Jacqueline provides her readers is to recognize that at the same time our children are mirrors for us, they are also individual soul-beings who demand, rightfully, to be who they are meant to be, and that our job is to let them! She invites parents to stop holding on to anything that doesn’t serve us or our relationships with our children. Jacqueline reminds us that yes, parenting can be joyful, fun, sweet and colorful, just like lollipops! ~ Review on Goodreads

Jacqueline Pirtle is my hero! Parenting Through the Eyes of Lollipops helped me recognize all the parenting phases that I went through and that continue still. I loved the descriptions and explanations of the early, tween and adult years. At every age, Jacqueline Pirtle reminds us that your child’s needs change, but they never stop needing to be themselves. This book flows logically from pre-pregnancy to adulthood. Mindfulness, happiness and well-being of both parent and child are central to the discussions here. Jacqueline discusses so many important aspects of parenting—appreciation, trust and patience, to name a few. A terrific follow-up to 365 Days of Happiness, this book continues to exude Jacqueline’s positivity and happiness.
I will be giving this book with every baby shower gift I give, I think it is that important and relevant! ~ Review on goodreads

A follow-up that didn’t disappoint!… Jacqueline Pirtle is an author who could write about the driest topic out there and inspire readers. Luckily, parenting isn’t anywhere close to a dry topic! Jacqueline adds her trademark wisdom and whimsy to this book to help put parenthood into perspective. The joy of children can get lost without finding this connection to the energetic give and take between parent and child. I would recommend this book to parents, parents-to-be, and anyone else who has children in their lives. ~ Review on amazon

Reading and loving it!… I enjoy reading Jacqueline’s book so much! In the morning, before the bed time, during bus ride to work… just cant wait to open the pages. It offers us a different angle of looking at ourselves as a parent and how we see our kids, it also empowers us to be better selves and asks difficult questions… I recommend this book to parents and not parents! ~ Review on amazon

Jacqueline Pirtle’s “Parenting through the eyes of lollipops” is a lovely guide for every parent, expecting or already enjoying the journey of parenthood, to better understanding and navigating their relationship with their child. Jacqueline’s method of teaching will not only make this book extremely easy and joyful to read, but will also open up new avenues of perception of your relationship with your little loved ones. Immerse yourself in the beautiful, spiritual, witty, love-filled adventure to becoming a co-creator of joy together with your child, it’s absolutely the best gift you could offer yourself and your loved ones! ~ Review on amazon

The First Ever Parent Guide… Jacqueline Pirtle never ceases to amaze me with her imagery of life. Things I’ve never thought about such as smelling the air or even licking a lollipop would be senseless to me. That’s what I love about Jacqueline’s books she has a way of getting the reader to actually “sense and feel” not only what they’re reading but life in general. As she states, EVERYTHING has energy attached to it, we just have to settle down long enough to listen to it. This book was a joy to read and I know every parent would love to hear her wisdom and guidance on bringing lollipops to the table of disagreement and let’s just take a lick and talk. Whether you’re thinking about having kids, already have them or if your children are grown. Jacqueline has a chapter for each stage of life – never before was there a book that was given to parents before and after having a child. Well, here it is – all you have to do is order it! ~ Review on amazon

The Most Miraculous and Spiritual Job… I was luck enough to get an advance copy of Jacqueline Pirtle’s new book and boy was I glad I did! I loved the positivity of her first book 365 Days of Happiness and this one had a similar feel. But the wisdom and the joy as well as the truth of just how difficult this most important job of parenting is, really shines through this book. It’s one to go back to again and again. I have also ordered one as a gift for some new parents just starting this miraculous and very spiritual journey of parenthood. ~ Review on amazon