Parenting is a daunting task, especially if you’re young and inexperienced. Today many parents find themselves disconnected from their children and overwhelmed with a sense of helplessness. There are two basic approaches to parenting that can be used— reactive parenting and responsive parenting.
Reactive parenting, so prevalent in today’s society, is done in reaction to something, whether a whining child or a parent’s own anxiety. It is impulsive and produces poor results. As more and more young people reach adulthood without an adequate model of self-regulation and conflict resolution, the more visible this problem becomes.
On the other hand, Responsive Parenting, as described in Boyd’s book, is a principled approach to parenting. It emphasizes the importance of preparing children for adulthood. Responsive parenting is thoughtful and is in response to the child’s best interests. It takes the long view. It listens and clarifies. It apologizes and forgives. It is flexible and extends freedom with responsibility. It is accepting and affirming while being connected and supportive.
Boyd Brooks shows readers through easy to understand biblical principles how to build self-esteem and confidence in their children and help them discover who they were meant to be.
“GET the book. READ the book. APPLY the book. The results will be measurable today as well as tomorrow!” —Robert J. Strand, multiple best-selling author
“If you are a parent with growing children...it will help you be a better parent!” —Dr. George Wood, former General Superintendent, Assemblies of God
|Publisher:||Genesis Communications, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)|
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From the very first chapter this book has challenged me in my parenting and in my marriage! My husband and I are looking forward to applying the principles found in this book to strengthen our family.
Responsive Parenting, by Boyd D. Brooks, is a must have for anyone looking to gain some insight into parenting. You might say, “Well, I’m not a parent or don’t plan on having any kids.” I believe this book is unique because the principles shared throughout it can be for anyone: new parents, seasoned parents, grandparents, etc. Principles such as forgiveness, respect, generosity and faith can be applied in all walks of life. Many individuals quit not only on their own families but in life. Seeing a broken family or relationship can be hard, but seeing a family or relationship survive difficult storms is rewarding. I challenge you to grab this book not only for yourself, but for someone else in your life. Even though I am the son of the author, I know that our family life was not always perfect, but we worked hard to stay strong. My parents exemplified this all my life and even to this day. I too have gained this habit with my own family and hope it strengthens more people. Finally, even if mistakes have been made in your family life, there is always hope to change for the better.
This book is a valuable resource for improving our parenting techniques. The principals are clearly explained and real-world scenarios are provided as examples. It is very evident that Dr. Brooks has a great depth of knowledge and understanding on the subject. Readers of his book will feel inspired to break the cycle of poor parenting that has been passed down to them.
I just purchased two more copies of this book to give to young couples who are dear to me. I wish this had been around when my sons were young, but it is full of guidance to help me be a better grandmother. Based on objective research , biblical examples and the author's personal experiences as a father and counselor the book is replete with sound advice on raising happy, well-adjusted and responsible children. Every concerned parent should read it, regardless of the age of the children.
I've got 4 kids! And they are all different! This book, Responsive Parenting, is extremely helpful. I will be incorporating a lot of the key points as we continue to raise our kids so that I can raise a responsible family. I don't want to just get by, I want a family that actually enjoys each other. I want to start building that legacy now.