Family Building: The Five Fundamentals of Effective Parenting

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The truth is, child rearing is not complicated. Therefore, it is not hard. There will be difficult moments, of course, . . . but if a parent is experiencing the rearing of a child or children as generally difficult—as emotionally, intellectually, and even physically exhausting, then the parent is doing something wrong. —John Rosemond, Family Building

Trusted family psychologist John Rosemond has a revolutionary message for today's parents: Your grandparents' generation knew a ...

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Overview

The truth is, child rearing is not complicated. Therefore, it is not hard. There will be difficult moments, of course, . . . but if a parent is experiencing the rearing of a child or children as generally difficult—as emotionally, intellectually, and even physically exhausting, then the parent is doing something wrong. —John Rosemond, Family Building

Trusted family psychologist John Rosemond has a revolutionary message for today's parents: Your grandparents' generation knew a lot more about raising children than all of today's experts. The experts have turned child rearing into a complicated, exhausting chore rather than the simple, straightforward task it should be. In Family Building: The Five Fundamentals of Effective Parenting, Rosemond outlines the five key principles of traditional parenting that are crucial to raising well-behaved children today.

* It's about the family, not the children.

* Where discipline is concerned, it's about communication, not consequences; leadership not relationship.

* It's about respecting others, not high self-esteem.

* It's about manners and morals, not skills.

* It's about responsibility, not high achievement. 

Each chapter includes questions from real parents faced with real-life parenting challenges, and in his typical no-nonsense style, Rosemond provides practical solutions. Family Building restores common sense to parenting and puts the parents back in charge. Once again, John Rosemond delivers child-rearing wisdom that no parent should miss.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780740755699
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/1/2005
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,445,202
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

John Rosemond is a family psychologist who has directed mental-health programs and been in full-time private practice working with families and children. Since 1990, he has devoted his time to speaking and writing. Rosemond’s weekly syndicated parenting column now appears in some 250 newspapers, and he has written 15 best-selling books on parenting and the family. He is one of the busiest and most popular speakers in the field, giving more than 200 talks a year to parent and professional groups nationwide. He and his wife of 39 years, Willie, have two grown children and six well-behaved grandchildren. 

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction: Back to the Future 1
1 Fundamental Parenting Principle One: It's About the Family, Not the Children (Or, First Things First) 9
2 Fundamental Parenting Principle Two: Where Discipline Is Concerned, It's About Communication, Not Consequences; Leadership, Not Relationship 51
3 Fundamental Parenting Principle Three: It's About Respecting Others, Not High Self-Esteem 103
4 Fundamental Parenting Principle Four: It's About Manners and Morals, Not Skills 123
5 Fundamental Parenting Principle Five: It's About Responsibility, Not High Achievement 145
6 Final Exam 175
References and Suggested Readings 181
About John Rosemond 182
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