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  • Posted May 21, 2010

    Best parenting book I've read

    While so many parenting books out there are "ages and stages" and discipline (reacting AFTER behavior), Dr. Campbell take a preventative approach.I think every parent, teacher, grandparent, babysitter, social worker ... basically anyone who interacts with children on a regular basis should read this book!

    How to Really Love Your Child by Dr. Ross Campbell, M.D.
    In the preface, Dr. Campbell acknowledges that there is a lot of parenting information out there--enough to overwhelm parents. Though the information is good "many books, articles, and lectures have honed in on one, or at most only a few specific aspects of child rearing without clearly defining the specific areas they cover." It's not that the information is wrong or the parents didn't do it right, "the problem lies in the parents not having a general, balanced perspective on how to relate to a child." Dr. Campbell believes "the problem is how to manifest our love to a child through discipline and when to show it in other more affectionate ways."
    In chapter one he cites some of the common problems he has seen as a psychiatrist. Chapters two and three talk about the home, parents and child and how important this relationship is for the child to understand love. An entire chapter is devoted to how the husband and wife relate and how that affects the children. Chapter three defines what unconditional love is and is not. The next three chapters discuss how to express, demonstrate, show this unconditional love through eye contact, physical contact and focused attention.
    While chapter three defined unconditional love, chapter seven touches on appropriate and inappropriate love: possessiveness, seductiveness, vicariousness and role-reversal. If you are a loving, Christian parent and think you can skip over this chapter--wait. Read through it if only to know possible warning signs if you ever see them in your friends' or your child's friends' family.
    Though chapter eight touches on helping your child learn how to deal with his anger, Dr. Campbell says this topic is thoroughly covered in How to Really Love Your Angry Child. There is some helpful starting information in this chapter, however.
    Chapter nine is about discipline. Dr. Campbell says "that making a child feel loved is the first and most important part of good discipline." Love and discipline should not be viewed as separate entities, and "punishment is a very small part of discipline." But the next thing he says is what I found interesting:
    "What you have read thus far in this book is the most important aspect of discipline, and you must apply what you've learned to expect the best results from disciplining your child. There is no point in reading further at this time if you have not applied what you have already read."

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2004

    I read this book when my children were small

    and it definately made an impact on my life and their childhood years. It helped me to move past obstacles from my own upbringing, to go beyond myself and touch them. Now I want to get it for my daughter as she & her husband raise their daughter.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2003

    A must-read for parents and hopefuls

    Dr. Campbell presents one of the clearest explanations I have ever seen of this challenging topic. With so many of us wanting specific guidelines that makes sense to both head and heart, this book finally fills in the gaps of what it means to really love your child.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2013


    I loved this book. I think the advice is spot on with how to love your child - unconditionally!

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