I’m a little late posting this as I have had my nose in multiple parenting books. Raising Kids You Actually Like by Sheila Wray Gregoire is a good read. It’s basic parenting that we all need to be reminded of. The way we used to be parented has been forgotten and many parents today feel they lack these basic tools to discipline and train their children. “We have more education and we’ve forgotten. Provide structure. Provide stability by loving your spouse. Care for your children’s bodies by feeding them and putting them to bed.” (Loc 69)
I would like to share a few excerpts from her book…I love her humor and candidness. If you’ve never read anything of Sheila’s, I encourage you to check out her blog at To Love Honor and Vacuum where she gives advice on marriage, parenting, and sex from a Christian view.
I will let her book do the talking here:
“Power struggles with smaller children are easier to defeat than power struggles with teenagers. Yet too many parents give up in the early years…” (Loc 101)
“I once read about a dad who dialed 911 when he discovered that his teenage daughter had posted naked pictures of herself on Facebook. He was desperate, and to him this was an emergency. The dispatcher, though, wasn’t amused. She wasn’t in the position to do anything about it, because she wasn’t the girl’s parent. He was.” (Loc 98)
“…children can’t obey if no rules are laid down.” (Loc 98)
“If we don’t stress discipline when the children are young, then children don’t internalize self-discipline, or values, or even simple politeness.” (Loc 111)
If you need encouragement to remind you that you have the skills and tools to parent your children, then this ebook is a great way to motivate you and remind you that you can do this.
As a parent, we have the job of training, molding, and shaping the lives of our children to become strong, healthy, successful adults. That’s what we are doing here. Making responsible adults. However, if we aren’t disciplining them and nurturing them the way we are intended to, they become irresponsible adults who lack motivation and struggle to develop healthy relationships. The power is in the parenting.