What My Parents Did Right!: 50+ Tips to Positive Parenting


The message of this powerful book is that you don't have to be a perfect person to be a great parent. In it you will find fascinating stories written by people like John MacArthur, Jr., Kay Arthur, Joni Eareckson Tada, Janette Oke, Gary Smalley, Frank Peretti, and many more. From them you'll learn more than fifty tips to positive parenting — tips you can incorporate in your own family today — principles that will help ensure that you, too, do something right!

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The message of this powerful book is that you don't have to be a perfect person to be a great parent. In it you will find fascinating stories written by people like John MacArthur, Jr., Kay Arthur, Joni Eareckson Tada, Janette Oke, Gary Smalley, Frank Peretti, and many more. From them you'll learn more than fifty tips to positive parenting — tips you can incorporate in your own family today — principles that will help ensure that you, too, do something right!

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  • ISBN-13: 9781582292564
  • Publisher: Howard Books
  • Publication date: 7/1/2002
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Author, award-winning songwriter, and speaker, Gloria Gaither is known as a stateswoman in the field of Christian ministry. Gloria has written lyrics to more than 600 songs, including such gospel classics as "Because He Lives," "The King Is Coming," and "I Am a Promise" and has authored such best-selling books as Because He Lives, God Gave the Song, and Friends through Thick and Thin.

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As I think back on my childhood, I'm convinced more and more that my parents did many things right when I was growing up. And over the years I've had the privilege to meet and know many wonderful Christians-people who've achieved success in such diverse arenas as entertainment, politics, business, and ministry-whose lives are a testimony to the fact that their parents knew some of the keys to good parenting too. Curious, I've asked them, "What did your parents do right?" Many agreed to answer that question in writing, and this book is the result.

If you are a parent, you will find much within these pages to encourage you. You will discover many practical keys to good parenting that you can put into practice today in your own home. And you will find hope!

No parents are perfect. Mine weren't. The writers in the chapters that follow admit theirs weren't either. Yet it is clear from their stories that the impact of the things parents do right-when the heavenly Father is involved in the process-far outweigh the impact of the things parents do wrong. The Bible promises that "all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose" (Rom. 8:28, KJV). The stories you're about to read are a testimony to that truth.

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Table of Contents

Contents Introduction

Chapter One: Gloria Gaither - Guide by your example―not just your words.

Chapter Two: Kay Arthur - Give lots of physical affection.

Chapter Three: Robert Benson - Bestow an appreciation for the wonder of words.

Chapter Four: William K. Brehm - Allow simple pleasure to create a sense of security in your home.

Chapter Five: Jill Briscoe - Teach your child to be accountable―to you and to God.

Chapter Six: Karen Burton Mains - Share your passions.

Chapter Seven: Bart Campolo - Be yourself and play to your strenths.

Chapter Eight: Tony Campolo - Believe in your child.

Chapter Nine: S. Truett Cathy - Honor Sunday―the Lord's Day―as a family.

Chapter Ten: Chuck W. Colson - Teach the importance of telling the truth.

Chapter Eleven: Larry Crabb - Teach commitment in relationships by your example.

Chapter Twelve: John R. Dellenback -

Encourage your child to value family relationships.

Chapter Thirteen: Richard DeVos -

Don't accept "I can't" when it means "I won't try."

Chapter Fourteen: Dez Dickerson -

Make the Lord your parenting role model.

Chapter Fifteen: Danae Dobson -

Assure your child of her value when no one else will.

Chapter Sixteen: James Dobson -

Develop a friendship with your child that will last a lifetime.

Chapter Seventeen: Joni Earickson Tada - Instill a sense of wonder and passion for life.

Chapter Eighteen: Carl Erskine - Teach your child to appreciate the simple blessings of life.

Chapter Nineteen: Jamie Evans - Don't shield your child from life's hard lessons.

Chapter Twenty: Lee Ezell - Make fun an integral part of parenting.

Chapter Twenty-One: Jeannie Falwell Savas - Trust your child's heavenly Father to make up for your shortcomings.

Chapter Twenty-Two: Jerry Falwell - Practice the principles of family living found in the Bible.

Chapter Twenty-Three: Millard Fuller - Teach Christian values through your example.

Chapter Twenty-Four: Bill Gaither - Be your child's biggest supporter.

Chapter Twenty-Five: Steve Green - Teach your child to laugh and not take himself too seriously.

Chapter Twenty-Six: Darrell Harris - Be blameless before your child in word and deed.

Chapter Twenty-Seven: Larnelle Harris - Support your child's interests and career pursuits.

Chapter Twenty-Eight: Stephen Hicks - Occasionally set aside grown-up concerns and be a kid.

Chapter Twenty-Nine: Dann Huff - Don't be afraid to speak the truth in love.

Chapter Thirty: June Hunt - Keep the lines of communication open.

Chapter Thirty-One: Jeff Jenness - Don't manipulate your child to meet your own emotional needs.

Chapter Thirty-Two: Phyllis Jenness - Pray for your child — and let him know you're praying.

Chapter Thirty-Three: Carman Licciardello -

Let Christ heal the wounds carried over from your own childhood.

Chapter Thirty-Four: Florence Littauer - Make life a constant laboratory for learning.

Chapter Thirty-Five: Mark Lowry - Remember that difficult stages will pass.

Chapter Thirty-Six: Sen. Richard Lugar - Be willing to sacrifice your own comfort to show that you care.

Chapter Thirty-Seven: John MacArthur, Jr. - Make loving your spouse a priority.

Chapter Thirty-Eight: Julie Makimaa - Teach the importance of having a personal relationship with God.

Chapter Thirty-Nine: Ralph Martin - Make devotional times a normal occurrence in your home.

Chapter Forty: Tony Melendez - Enjoy being together as a family.

Chapter Forty-One: Calvin Miller - Use simple language to teach profound truths.

Chapter Forty-Two: Janette Oke - Never forget that love and discipline go hand in hand.

Chapter Forty-Three: Sandi Patty - Let Your Child Make Mistakes

Chapter Forty-Four: Frank Peretti - Never tell your child "That's a dumb idea."

Chapter Forty-Five: Ron Sider - Allow and encourage age-appropriate decision making.

Chapter Forty-Six: Gary Smalley - Set clearly defined rules that involve consequences when violated.

Chapter Forty-Seven: Norm Sonju - Make special memories by investing time in your child.

Chapter Forty-Eight: Kenneth Taylor - Pray together as a family.

Chapter Forty-Nine: Sheila Walsh - Love your child unconditionally.

Chapter Fifty: Walter Wangerin, Jr. - Teach God's grace by showing unmerited kindness.

Chapter Fifty-One: Robert Webber - Help your child to persevere through tough times.

Chapter Fifty-Two: Ken Wessner - Encourage your child to dream dreams — and to work hard to achieve them.

Chapter Fifty-Three: David Wyrtzen - Involve your child in your ministry to others.

Chapter Fifty-Four: Don Wyrtzen - Be consistent in living out what you believe.

Chapter Fifty-Five: Jack Wyrtzen - Make Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior — and prepare for a great family reunion in heaven.


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