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The Book of Nurturing: Nine Natural Laws for Enriching Your Family Life Hardcover – 1 May 2003

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Linda and Richard Eyre have enjoyed enormous success with their book Teaching Your Children Values, the first parenting book since Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care to top the New York Times Bestseller list. While the Eyres' book generated an overwhelmingly positive response from families, the authors received letters from parents asking for help in putting the book's principles into practice.

These parents were discouraged by the lack of warmth in their relationships with their children. Many said of their kids, "We don't communicate. They don't listen to me." Other explained, "My kids are never around. They'd rather be anywhere but home." It became evident that a lack of connection between parents and their children was an increasingly common problem that could eat away at a family's happiness.

The Eyres quickly saw the need for a "prequel" built on the concept that before parents can teach their children values, they first need to establish a safe, understanding, and caring environment where parents and children participate equally. The Book of Nurturing gives parents what they need most tools that can set the dream of respectful and trusting family relationships, as well as principles that will turn a house into a home.

These vital tools are given in nine simple, powerful lessons that can protect and preserve families and give children a sense of worth and self-esteem. With a unique blend of insight and imagination, the Eyres have couched each lesson in a memorable animal story that illustrates the lesson in practice. The nine lessons include:

-Praise, support, and positive affirmation
-Discipline (tough love)
-Security and identity
-Freedom and empowerment

The fables used to explain these principles create a language of symbols, which makes it easier for both parents and children to remember the lessons when they're most needed. As each principle is integrated into the general dynamics of family life, both parents and children will contribute to the building of a happier, healthier family that everyone dreams of.

Transform a house into a loving home with the help of the #1 bestselling authors of Teaching Your Children Values

Every parent wants to teach his or her children good values. But beneath that desire lies a greater need for a bond of love and trust that keeps their children safe, and lets parents participate more fully in their children's lives. In The Book of Nurturing, Linda and Richard Eyre, parenting experts on the "CBS Early Show," present parents with tools for developing healthy and happy family relationships.

These tools are embodied in nine powerful lessons which, when practiced consistently, help to preserve family values and give children a sense of worth and self-esteem. Illustrated by examples drawn from nature, The Book of Nurturing gives the family a common language of symbols that they can use to build and strengthen the relationships that bring a family together.

Along with these stories, The Book of Nurturing also includes:


Poignant stories that illustrate the principles in action


Heartfelt advice distilled from letters from over one million readers


Specific examples of actions to take

With insight, compassion, and understanding, Linda and Richard Eyre show parents ways to increase the strength and stability in family relationships, creating the kind, nurturing home every parent and child desires.

About the Author

Linda and Richard Eyre are the husband-and-wife team behind the #1 bestseller Teaching Your Children Values, as well as the founders of Values Parenting, the organization that grew from the book's outstanding success. They are also hosts of a monthly segment on the "CBS Early Show."

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If "I" like it.... Just get this book- 23 July 2003
By Bill Stenton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
...you won't regret it. I don't usually bother with these kinds of things- my wife bought this one- but this book I can highly recommend. The stories, the lessons the drawings...they are all wonderful. It's a self-help/parenting book for people who don't like self-help/parenting books.
I like the whole nature and animal twist-it "speaks" much better to me than most of these kinds of books (and I'll be honest- I like books with pictures- and so do my two kids!) It's a good book.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Worth Reading Every Year 23 Jun. 2003
By Teresa Kvarfordt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I found "The Book of Nurturing" to be perfectly written and full of wisdom and common sense. Each chapter was profound enough to transform a troubled family, yet simple enough to be adopted with ease. It was delightful to read, yet very clear and concise in its guidance. I plan to read it each year as it will remind me of what is most important in my family.
My Favorite Parenting Book 24 Dec. 2014
By Daniel Burton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
We received this The Book of Nurturing as a gift from my parents back before we had children. Mom and Dad have always been big fans of the Eyres, allegedly raising us based on the stuff they picked up from the Eyre's many books. We read it, found it interesting, and decided it was all good stuff.

And then we started having children.

Talk about a dose of reality. Kids are messy, unique, and rarely act how you predict...at least, so it seems. My degrees are in political science and law, not marriage and family development, and though I'm the oldest of six, I doubt anything really prepares you to have kids, except, perhaps having kids. By that time, it's on the job training.

With The Book of Nurturing, though, it's clear that the Eyre's get this.

We opened the book again recently, six years into our sojourn as parents, and started reviewing what we had read before becoming parents. "Does it actually apply?" "Have we even used any of this?" and "Does it have any secrets for getting kids to stay in bed?" were questions that crossed our minds as decided to review what we had read before. Instead of hard and fast techniques for getting your kids to do what you want, the Eyres provide some basic principles for building strong families, share anecdotes from their long career in the parenting advice field (I think they also have something like a bazillion kids, too, so they might know something about parenting), and give you some questions to ask yourself about how you want your family to look and act.

As a wise man once said, "I teach them correct principles and let them govern themselves." The Eyres law out a few (or nine) and let you figure out what matches your family situation--whatever that situation is--and let you figure it out yourself.

To make it interesting, or maybe it's the hook, the Eyres have gone to nature to find examples of each principle. Whales for communication (they communicate over long distances), geese for sticking together and looking out for each other, crabs for avoiding criticism, and the tortoise and the hare for teaching and living consistency, and so on.

When we pulled out the book again, we decided to use it in cooperation with our children, which, coincidentally, is along the lines of how the Eyres suggest it be used. We would read about each animal or principle from nature, watch a short nature film about the animal that demonstrated the principle, and then talk with the kiddos (6, 3, and 10 months) about how it applies.

Stop laughing! We did, and it worked. Sure, the 10 month old didn't have a ton to contribute, but the six-year old and the three-year old were riveted as we would watch the geese herding their goslings across a crowded road of stopped traffic, honking at the cars to stay back until each of the babies was across and to safety. We told them that Mom and Dad would always put them first, that we stick together, and we look out for one another.

Would you believe my surprise when a year and a half later (we started going through the book with them a year or so ago) the six-year old busted out all of the principles and what they meant? I was so excited that she remembered them that I about served her a heaping bowl of ice cream right there and then.

Parenting is hard, but so very worth it. I figure that the most difficult years are ahead of us, still, but with any luck, and some consistent application of these principles, the kids might turn out okay. Buy this book, read it, apply it, and enjoy the wonder years.
A great book for families 11 Nov. 2014
By Kimmers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is just lovely. I'm a fan of these authors and this book didn't disappoint. The stories and the illustrations are beautiful and I find myself going back to the book year after year.
Amazing ! Unique ideas 9 Mar. 2013
By Janet Criner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is so interesting and reveals many new and interesting ways you can teach your children behaviors that correlate to animals' communication.
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