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Family Building: The Five Fundamentals of Effective Parenting [Kindle Edition]

John Rosemond

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The truth is, child rearing is not complicated. Therefore, it is not hard. There will be difficult moments, of course, . . . but if a parent is experiencing the rearing of a child or children as generally difficult--as emotionally, intellectually, and even physically exhausting, then the parent is doing something wrong. --John Rosemond, Family Building

Trusted family psychologist John Rosemond has a revolutionary message for today's parents: Your grandparents' generation knew a lot more about raising children than all of today's experts. The experts have turned child rearing into a complicated, exhausting chore rather than the simple, straightforward task it should be. In Family Building: The Five Fundamentals of Effective Parenting, Rosemond outlines the five key principles of traditional parenting that are crucial to raising well-behaved children today.

* It's about the family, not the children.

* Where discipline is concerned, it's about communication, not consequences; leadership not relationship.

* It's about respecting others, not high self-esteem.

* It's about manners and morals, not skills.

* It's about responsibility, not high achievement. 

Each chapter includes questions from real parents faced with real-life parenting challenges, and in his typical no-nonsense style, Rosemond provides practical solutions. Family Building restores common sense to parenting and puts the parents back in charge. Once again, John Rosemond delivers child-rearing wisdom that no parent should miss.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 348 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC (1 Jan. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GUS7KU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,369,031 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not love it more! 2 Dec. 2006
By Saisajo2 - Published on
I am a professional nanny of over 12 years and have read almost every "it" book on how to raise children. This book, along with "Because I said So," another Rosemond title, is pretty close to being the most amazing book I have ever read. I have seen what happens when children are over indulged, given too much attention and given a status that they have not earned and it's not pretty! I am so sick of spending time with children who act like the world owes them something and also like they should enjoy the same rights as adults. That simply is not reality and we do children an injustice to allow them to behave that way. How does that prepare them for the real world? Anyways, the book is great, full of good stuff and wonderful question and answer sections at the end of each chapter. Any parent or caregiver would benefit from reading it.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good old fashioned common sense! 27 Aug. 2005
By Dawn - Published on
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I have been a longtime fan of John Rosemond & this book is one of my favorites. Anyone who is tired of the way society spoils, pampers, & micromanages kids these days will think this book is a breath of fresh air! I love my child, but I don't buy the idea that we are supposed to create such self-centered children that they think thier wants & desires come in first, last & always!
27 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars nothing new 16 Aug. 2005
By 3girls4me - Published on
I waited anxiously for the newest John Rosemond book and was very disappointed. It seems to be the same information as his books Raising a Non-Violent Child and Parent Power. I read nothing new. Parents who are already familiar with his other works won't find anything new...sadly. A big disappointment that his material is continually recycled with only a new title and cover.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great common sense parenting 29 April 2008
By Cheryl Dunlop - Published on
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I wish I'd read this book before I took in foster kids last fall. Discipline guidelines for foster parents, coupled with a background of parental leniency and the like, makes it a challenge to help foster children understand what is expected of them. And though I was strict, and loving too, at times I felt guilty because of things I probably shouldn't have felt guilty about. And I let them get away with things they probably shouldn't, in the attempt not to try to change everything at once.

Note: Rosemond simply doesn't get into spanking at all, so whether your household does or doesn't use it, you'll find his commonsense, strict approach, with the goal of a successful family and morally upright offspring, useful. He undercuts many common parenting mistakes, and gives reasons that some choices don't work well--including some that have set my teeth on edge but that I couldn't necessarily explain why they seemed wrong. And the questions and answers on specific issues help make it practical.

I'm ordering more than one copy, to give some away as gifts to new parents. I don't agree with everything, of course. At times Rosemond seems a little TOO remote and unemotional (not finding it problematic to leave a six-week-old baby with grandparents for four days, for example), but overall this is a welcome correction to our cultural tendency to raise self-centered, undisciplined, and unlikable brats.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good old fashioned discipline! 11 Jan. 2007
By G. Estrada - Published on
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I always heard about how well behaved children were in the 1950's and before, and I wondered what the previous generations did differently! This book made me realize that we put far to much importance into making our children always happy, rather then teaching them to make God and others happy and then they will be happy in return. Dr Rosemond made me realize that life DOES NOT revolve around the children and if we make them think it does, what are they going to do when they go out into the real world and see that they are not the center of the universe??? Very Good!
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