I know Ric — he is a contributor to a volume I am co-editing from Energion — and he has been my counselor for a few years. So, go and buy the book.
What a concept! A book on parenting that actually inspires and guides you in spending productive time with your child. And it’s easy—even fun—to read. In conversational style, the author presents the basic six dimensions of parental responsibility that he discovered from clinical research over twenty years ago. But the presentation is anything but academic. Each of the 30 brief “thoughts” ends with at least one “Step to Take” with your child. Scattered throughout are “Grace Alerts,” ideas intended to relieve some of the pressure parents too often feel. You will also hear from the author’s wife and children as they chime in occasionally with their personal reflections. And now, this second edition includes a section that guides those of you who are grandparents in how you can apply the basic dimensions. The appendices present various comparisons of the six dimensions, including the scriptural basis for each one.
The six things? Here’s the thumbnail view:
- Provision: Providing for everyday, essential needs of survival
- Education: Helping your children learn
- Emotional Support: Letting your kids know you’ve got their back, showing them how to handle emotions correctly
- Governance: Establishing and enforcing boundaries, growing self-discipline
- Appreciation: Feeling and speaking gratitude with and for your kids
- Unconditional Affiliation: Sticking it out — no matter what
Go, buy the book — please.