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  • Publisher: Zondervan; Unabridged edition (7 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310279771
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310279778
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.2 x 15.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,534,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michelle E. Denning on 30 Sep 2009
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book and just what you need to read when you are striving to be the best parent you can be. That's a lot of pressure so this book helps you to focus on the really important stuff and see the bigger picture. The chapters are short and have a few questions at the end of each one so it works well to read as a couple or small group. Seriously, if you want to avoid mistakes that you feel your parents (or other parents) make then read this book and put it all into action.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Soos on 19 Sep 2007
Format: Paperback
I recently got an advance reader copy of this book. As a parent to be I was very interested in reading it.
This book talks about different traits that parent should consider to build up in their kids. Of course they need to build those in themselves first.
The different chapters have many examples from real life, full of good advises and guidance.

My concern with this book is that it does not have enough examples and quotes from the Bible. I believe the greatest example for parents is God, the FATHER. I agree with the traits of the book, but really miss the verses from Scripture that back up the main points in the book. There are many quotes from famous psychologists, reference to studies made for different subjects, but that I can find in any secular book as well.
As an example: "parents should praise their kids for their actions, not for their characteristics..." OK, sounds reasonable, but how do I know that it is right? Because it works for some people? Or because recently most psychologists think this is the right way?
I need to know what God thinks about it to be sure to apply it, if you now what I mean.

Overall I think it is a good, valuable book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great Book for Any Stage of the Parenting Journey! 7 Oct 2007
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Format: Paperback
I got this book to review as a possibility for our couples small group study, but found myself not being able to put it down. The book gently leads readers to reflect on ten traits worth considering to becoming the parent you want to be and then focus on the top two. I have to admit, I have more than two that I want to work on personally, but because of the authors' no-guilt guidance, humor and encouragement, I know I can do it! Great book for all parents in any stage of parenting and it will be a wonderful book for our small group discussions.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Easy for a parent to read 24 Sep 2007
By M. Melvin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
So many parenting books are full of a guilt trip. Due to either the content or the fact that you could never actually finish the book because you are busy parenting! This book was different. It was easy to read with practical wisdom to really help a busy parent evaluate their priorities. Thank you!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Gets to the root of the issue 24 Nov 2007
By Amanda Mauricio - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book gets to the root of most parenting issues, I think. Although parenting techniques have some value, the book suggests that who you are will speak over the techniques you use. Even if you "do the right thing", you will end up communicating what is in your heart through the means. By becoming the parent you want to be, you can communicate important traits to your children through your behavior...it seems a lot more natural than following step-by-step directions.

The book is quite practical (although it isn't a parenting technique book) and down-to-earth. It has small chapters and thought-provoking questions. It will help you to feel better about the things you are good at and it will encourage you in doing better at the things you are not so great at. I enjoyed the book and I think it has given me a lot of hope for my future as a parent.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellent parenting book 12 Oct 2007
By Sherri R. Myers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
What kind of parent are you? What kind of parent do you want to be? Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott examine parenting in this new book from Zondervan. Did you know who you are is more important than what you do? Your kids are watching and listening and learning from YOU and they WILL copy your traits. This book helps examine ten traits parents can possess and how each will benefit your child. I know personally it has definitely given me insights on how to become a better parent and I'm ready to put them to the test. I want my kids to grow up to be the best people they can be, and if I can change my behaviors and parenting to help them be so, then sign me up! With its fairly short chapters, most people should have no problem getting through the chapter without interruptions. I took notes and read over them before going on to the next chapter the next day. Now, the question is, do YOU have the courage to be the parent you want to be? Step one is to buy this book, then read it, and then put it into use. Good luck, and happy parenting!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
self-examination in parenting 10 Nov 2007
By Actuary Lady - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Relationship experts Les and Leslie Parrott offer their experience as psychologists and as parents in what is more than just another parenting book. In discussing personal "perfect ten" traits to teach their two boys, they accompany each trait's chapter with a "self-test" for parents to see how they themselves measure up. I particularly appreciated the sections on being authentic, in which they emphasized that those who look for lack of trust will find exactly that, and on being prayerful, in which they outlined how to explain the ACTS method of prayer (which all of we in Moms in Touch groups use!)to a child. Although my children are out of the nest, I still find useful nuggets in the book!
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