A great book on raising kids - kids are worth it!
This may be a book many of you have read before. However, I am reading it now for the first time. It was written by Barbara Coloroso and it's called kids are worth it! The idea behind it is to treat kids with love and respect rather than punishment and rewards in order to discipline them and allow them to learn from their mistakes and become independent thinkers.
I grew up in a brick wall family where love is conditional and it's my way or the highway. My parents weren't violent but it was a polite dictatorship in which feelings were suppressed and they were in control. As a parent, I am seeing myself do these same things and it's now how I want to parent.
I've read half the book (I've got two kids under the age of 6) and want to change my habits and parenting style. It really is going to take some re-wiring of my brain and unlearning the way I grew up but I see the positive benefits of this. I'm very much wrestling with things and trying to wrap my head around it. It's not difficult but different than how I grew up and the way I think.
In no way does it make parenting an easy task. It's hard regardless. However, I love the approach. Anyone ever read this book or have any feedback on it or your own parenting styles?
Husband, father, saved by grace