Overview

John Rosemond's A Family of Value presents a critical view of the child care literature of the past quarter century and argues for an end to overindulgent parenting and a return to the goal of instilling moral values, such as responsibility, respectfulness, and resourcefulness.

Maintaining that it's time American parents abandon the world of what sounds good and return to the world of what works, A Family of Values offers simple, conservative, old-fashioned, if you ...

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Overview

John Rosemond's A Family of Value presents a critical view of the child care literature of the past quarter century and argues for an end to overindulgent parenting and a return to the goal of instilling moral values, such as responsibility, respectfulness, and resourcefulness.

Maintaining that it's time American parents abandon the world of what sounds good and return to the world of what works, A Family of Values offers simple, conservative, old-fashioned, if you will, advice that focuses on the "Three Rs" of child-rearing: Respect, Responsibility, and Resourcefulness.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Rosemond, who rails against dangerous, pervasive liberal parenting values and has, according to his publisher, 400,000 copies of his books in print, writes columns for mainstream magazines and newspapers and hosts a daily radio talk show. With such a following, he can hardly be the ``heretic'' he calls himself. Nor is there much revelatory material in his sixth book (after To Spank or Not to Spank), which promotes his beliefs that children want limits, must be taught that they are not the center of the universe and need to learn resourcefulness and responsibility. Rosemond dresses up this conventional wisdom in conservative rhetoric: blaming parental weakness or ambivalence on ``ultraliberal social propaganda'' (such as the anti-spanking movement), praising Rush Limbaugh and Phyllis Schlafly while vilifying Hillary Clinton and the National Education Association, and waxing rhapsodic about the good old days when no one considered blessing homosexual unions and when busy mothers were able calmly to tell their children, ``Leave me alone.'' Rosemond seems not to understand that today's parents struggle with their authority because they are without a paradigm to replace the often despotic practices of their parents. There's plenty of wisdom here, but it's delivered in a self-congratulatory, often patronizing tone. (Dec.)
Kathryn Carpenter
Confidently proclaiming himself a heretic opposed to democratizing the child-parent relationship, Rosemond presents his sixth parenting guide as a celebration of the American family of the 1950s and his contribution to a return to the commonsense values that characterized child rearing at that time. The middle section of the book, in which Rosemond advises on raising respectful, responsible, and resourceful children, gains its authority through encouraging parental self-confidence, common sense, and self-control. The initial section, however, with its frankly conservative analysis of social decline, school failure, and misguided parenting advice from experts, is not nearly as useful because it is both general in scope and inflammatory in tone. The final section provides specific answers to the most frequently asked questions. Rosemond is a frequent lecturer whose fans will enjoy his latest salvo, and even those who disagree with his philosophy will find this resource of his practical techniques for child rearing useful.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449419363
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 12/18/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Sales rank: 723,772
  • File size: 912 KB

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

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Introduction: I, Heretic 1
Pt. 1 Through the Looking Glass 15
Ch. 1 Have We Hit Bottom Yet? 17
Ch. 2 Sounds Good, but It Doesn't Work 37
Ch. 3 Why Our Schools Are Floundering 79
Ch. 4 The Politics of "Parenting" 101
Pt. 2 A Family of Value: Rearing "Three Rs" Children 119
Ch. 5 The Respectful Child: Good Beginnings 121
Ch. 6 The Responsible Child: Discipline That Works! 169
Ch. 7 The Resourceful Child: A "Can-Do" Kid 213
Pt. 3 General Questions 233
Bibliography and Recommended Reading 301
About the Heretic 303
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2003

    You Won't Be Sorry

    I've been to lectures of Rosemond and seen him on PBS. This guy is right on!! We have gotten so caught up in trying to be Psychologist and not harm our kids egos and in the mean time they are ruling the hosehold and looking at parents as equals.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2001

    Reality verses pie-in-the-sky

    For all those people who have followed well intentioned family and child psychology guides and have lived with the guilt of not being able to do enough to produce stable and happy children or a stable and happy marriage, here's your answer. This book contains a refreshing reminder of what childhood was like before psychology took over. We want so much for our precious children. Unfortunately, in our desire to make sure we are doing all we can for them, we actually cripple our ability to develope real character in them. What an enjoyable and liberating book. My family thanks John Rosemond.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2001

    THE BEST BOOK ON RAISING CHILDREN I HAVE EVER READ

    Accolades to Mr. Rosemond! I just finished reading A Family of Value and have immediately implemented many of his ideas into my home. What with my extremely hectic schedule of being a wife, mother, and full time employee, I needed all the help I could get. The best part is, several of Mr. Rosemond's ideas are working and it has only been 2 weeks. I see both my children, changing for the better and looking forward to their daily chore list (yes you read this correctly). Now that they know our expectations of them and they no longer have to guess what my husband and I want, it's posted on the refrigerator!!!!!!! Thank you, thank you thank you Mr. Rosemond! I have ordered several copies for all of my friends that are having the same parenting problems as we were, kids that don't listen! I highly recommend this one for ALL parents with any age children!

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