Last week I asked everyone to let me know the very best parenting or child training book they have read. Here are the results:
The book with the most votes was For the Children’s Sake
by Susan Schaffer Macaulay. This book was instrumental in shaping my
homeschooling philosophy as well. I remember the wonderful educating
advice, but I don’t remember that much about child training. So I will
have to re-read it.
The second runner up was not actually a book, but a video series by Gary and Marie Ezzo.
The name of the series varied: Preparation for Parenthood, and Growing
Kids God’s Way. I did look up the Ezzos on amazon.com, and they do have books out. The comments are very divided. I will read these with interest.
The third runner up was Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Ted Tripp. This book has been out a while, and I have heard a lot about it.
Books with more than one vote, but not in the top three, include Hints on Child Training by H. Clay Trumball, The Mother at Home by John S. C. Abbot, and Home Grown Kids by Dr. Raymond and Dorothy Moore.
The book I read when my children were little was Dare to Discipline
by James Dobson, a book which received no votes. Disciplining was out
of vogue in those days (80s) and most of the books out were about
understanding and reasoning with your toddler. !?!! An approach
obviously advocated by someone without toddlers of their own.
As our children became teens, we discovered Dr. S. M. Davis
and his videos and dvds on biblical family relationships. These are
wonderful and would have received my top vote if I was voting. And
then, representing the newest generation of parents, my daughter has
dog-eared her copies of the parenting books by Dr. William and Martha Sears. So I will add these three: Dare to Discipline by Dobson, the parenting series of videos by Dr. S. M. Davis, and The Complete Book of Christian Parenting and Child Care
by Sears, to the six already mentioned; the top three by Macaulay,
Ezzo, and Tripp, and the honorable mentions by Trumball, Abbot, and
Moore, to evaluate. I will post on my progress through the books.
plan is to read (or view and takes notes on, as the case may be) these
nine recommendations. I will evaluate each of them with a fresh eye,
with the Lord's help, based on agreement with Scriptural principles,
and what I have learned about child training, from the real life
experience and hindsight angle. I will post my top three
recommendations from the nine, and why. Also, I will post why the
bottom six did not make the cut. This will take me a few months, so
stay tuned! Thank you everyone for participating!