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This comprehensive, easy-to-access book provides reliable, biblically based information to help parents raise healthy, God-honoring kids. Discipline, sibling rivalry, sex education, and spiritual development are just a few of the topics covered in this extensive reference. Tyndale House Publishers
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This comprehensive, easy-to-access book provides reliable, biblically based information to help parents raise healthy, God-honoring kids. Discipline, sibling rivalry, sex education, and spiritual development are just a few of the topics covered in this extensive reference. Tyndale House Publishers
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780842387163
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 456,085
  • Product dimensions: 6.88 (w) x 4.28 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Table of Contents

Appreciation Page ix
Introduction xi
1 Understanding the Nature of Children 1
The Influence of Culture 1
Temperament 2
The Innate Disobedient Nature 15
Testing Authority 17
2 Raising the Preschool Child 21
Fussy Babies 21
Mental Stimulation 22
Answering Difficult Questions 24
Disruptiveness in Church 25
Lying 26
Violent Entertainment 28
Teaching Politeness 29
Encouraging Responsibility 30
3 Disciplining the Preschool Child 31
Permissiveness 31
Balancing Love and Control 34
Instilling Respect 36
Age-Appropriate Discipline and Responsibility 37
Fussy Babies and Toddlers 41
Toilet Training 45
Discipline 46
The "Terrible Twos" 51
Avoiding Confrontation 52
Anticipating the Future 53
4 Children's Health and Well-Being 55
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome 55
Failure to Grow 56
Battles over Food 57
Bed-Wetting 59
Cruelty to Animals 61
Nightmares and Night Terrors 62
Dangers of Marijuana 64
Alcohol during Pregnancy 65
Eating Disorders 66
Childhood Depression 67
Long-Term Effects of Childhood Trauma 68
Childhood Obesity 70
Stuttering 71
Preparing for Adolescence 72
Parental Rights vs. Adolescent's Right to Privacy 73
5 Attention Deficit Disorder in Children and Adults 75
Recognizing Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) 75
ADD without Hyperactivity 78
Cause of ADD 79
ADD as a Lifelong Condition 79
Positive Features of ADD 81
Treatment of ADD 81
Disciplining/Managing the ADD Child 83
6 Effective Parenting Today 87
Prioritizing Parenting 87
The Challenge of Parenting 89
Research on Parenting 94
Discerming a Child's Needs 95
Dealing with Grandparents 96
Choosing Clothes 97
Contemporary Music 97
Teaching Courtesy in Addressing Adults 98
Family Activities 99
Raising the Adopted Child 100
Dealing with Negative Feelings toward Your Children 106
Gender Differences 106
Importance of the Father-Daughter Relationship 107
Sexual Attitudes and Behavior 108
Television 110
Video Games 113
Violence in Media 114
Protecting Your Children 115
7 Disciplining the Elementary School Child 119
Guidelines for Discipline 119
Shaping the Will without Breaking the Spirit 121
Setting and Enforcing Boundaries 123
Mutual Respect 128
Presenting a United Front 129
External Discipline vs. Internal Control 130
Recognizing the Origin of Negative Behavior 131
Venting Feelings 132
Inappropriate Parental Anger 133
Dealing with Your Mistakes 135
Teaching Respect without Instilling Undue Fear 135
The Habit of Saying No 136
Disciplining Other People's Children 137
Discipline in Single-Parent Families 138
Shaping Moods/Attitudes 139
The Timing of Negative Consequences 142
Confronting Disrespectful Behavior 143
Connecting Behavior with Consequences 144
Dealing with Morning Dawdling 146
Reinforcing Positive Behavior with Rewards 148
Whining 151
Teaching Responsibility 152
The Scriptural Basis for Discipline 153
Listening to Children 155
Swearing 155
Setting Boundaries on Family Vacations 155
Apologizing to Children 156
Avoiding Adolescent Rebellion 157
The Bottom Line in Parenting 158
Advice to Parents of Strong-Willed Children 159
8 To Spank or Not to Spank 161
Effects of Spanking 161
Dangers of Extremes 164
Guidelines for Spanking 166
Corporal Punishment and the Law 172
9 What's a Mother to Do? 173
Creating a Network 173
Child-Care Centers 174
Full-Time Mothering vs. Career 176
Dealing with Fears 181
10 Education: Public, Private, and Homeschooling 183
Teacher-Led vs. Student-Led Education 183
Public Schools 185
Corporal Punishment in Schools 188
Class Discipline 188
Work/Play Balance 189
Curriculum Issues 190
Intellectual Potential 191
Self-Esteem 194
Developmental Issues 195
Repeating Grades 198
Benefits of Formal Education 199
Disorganization 200
Writing Skills 201
"The Class Clown" 202
School Choice 203
Early Reading 205
Grades 206
Chaotic Classrooms 207
Year-Round Schools 207
Homework 208
Underachievers 210
Memorization 213
Teaching Respect for Other Ethnic Groups 214
Homeschooling 215
Voluntary School Prayer 218
11 Sex Education: Where, When, and How 221
Impact of Sex Education Programs 221
Coed Sex Education 222
Parental Involvement in Sex Education 223
Timing of Sex Education 227
Encouraging Abstinence 229
When to End Formal Sex Education 230
"Safe Sex" 231
Obstacles to Abstinence Education 233
What's Missing from Sex Education Programs 235
Teaching Morality 236
Sexually Transmitted Diseases 237
12 Spiritual Life of the Family 243
Cultural Influences 243
Parents' Responsibility to Teach Spiritual Values 245
Family Devotions 246
Conceptualizing God for Children 246
A Critical Period in Spiritual Training 248
Santa Claus 249
Halloween 250
"Forcing" Religion on Children 251
Rebellion against Childhood Spiritual Training 252
Praying for the Spiritual Welfare of Children 257
Dealing with Past Mistakes 264
The Role of Grandparents 265
13 Sibling Rivalry 269
The Inevitability of Rivalry 269
Minimizing the Rivalry 270
Fighting to Attract Attention 274
Establishing a "System of Justice" 275
14 Help for Single Parents and Stepparents 279
Encouragement for Single Parents 279
Blended Families 281
Time Away 283
Challenges of Noncustodial Parents 284
Help for Single Mothers Raising Sons 285
Visitation 286
Helping Single Parents 287
15 Living with a Teenager 291
Causes of Promiscuity 291
Development Rates 293
Challenges of Early Adolescence 294
Power Issues 297
Fatigue 303
Self-Consciousness/Body Image 304
Communication "Blackouts" 305
Hormonal Influences 308
Channeling Energy Positively 310
Parental Influence on Smoking/Drug Abuse 311
Masturbation 312
Dating vs. "Courtship" 315
Gender Roles 316
Causes of Disrespectful Behavior 318
Influences of Modern Music/Media 320
Preparing Teens for Independence 323
Picking Your Battles 325
The Bottom Line on Surviving the Teen Years 329
Absentee Fathers 329
Creating a Father-Son Bond 330
The Father-Daughter Relationship 333
Mother-Daughter Friction 334
Drawing the Line on Negative Behavior 336
Teen Violence 337
Motivating Teenagers 340
Using Action, Not Anger 343
Responding to a Teenage Pregnancy 345
Symptoms of Drug Abuse 346
Pros and Cons of "Privacy" 347
Harmful Cultural Trends 348
Moms at Home during Adolescence? 349
16 Building Self-Confidence in Children and Teens 353
Causes of Low Self-Esteem 353
Physical Attractiveness and Self-Esteem 354
Intelligence and Self-Esteem 355
Parental Influence in Self-Esteem 356
Values That Support Self-Esteem 358
The Influence of Painful Experiences 360
The Influence of Toys and Culture 361
Challenges of the Middle Child 363
Negative Expectations 364
Mental Blocks 365
The Role of Teachers 366
Teaching Empathy 370
Self-Esteem and Sibling Rivalry 371
Early Teen Issues 372
Accepting Your Child's Basic Personality 373
Humor vs. Ridicule 374
17 The Delicate Art of Letting Go 375
Impact of the Empty Nest on Fathers 375
Parental Reluctance to Let Go 376
When Adult Children Return Home 378
Easing the Transition to College 379
Endnotes 381
Index 387
Index of Scripture References 409
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    This book by far has been the best for advice on rearing children. I will use Dr.Dobson's book forever when I need help with my grown kids, grandchildren, and the children who will be involved with my career as a Youth Ministry Leader.
    So, whether you are a parent-to-be, a parent, grandparent, guardian, or working with youth, I highly recommend using this book as a resource.

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