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  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha International (22 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905887361
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905887361
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 4 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Nicky and Sila Lee have been married for over 30 years and have four children. They are on staff of Holy Trinity Brompton in London and have spoken to thousands on the subjects of marriage, parenting and family life.


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I am so glad I bought The Parenting Book. Nicky and Sila Lee write really well, it is funny, informative and actually feels like an important read as a pregnant parent-to-be. Its not patronising but actually makes the prospect of becoming a parent feel like it may be rewarding aswell as challenging
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I am only a few chapters into the book but I am surprised by the amount of times religious faith and prayer have been mentioned. It wasn't clear enough to me from the description or the reviews that this was a factor in the parenting advice being given so I just to make other purchasers aware that it is.
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It is one of the easiest things in the world: making a parent feel guilty. Well this one, at any rate. There's always something one's done wrong, or haven't done, or overdone or underdone. And the myriad numbers of books that remind / correct / reevaluate / deconstruct parenting methods is overwhelming. I'm not sure where he got this from, but a friend was recently leading a parenting course at our church, and he mentioned that 75,000 books on parenting have been published in the last 10 years!! Yikes.

I've certainly not read that many. I've in fact only read a handful - but most of the time, my experience has been the same: a sense of guilty failure. And too often, I'm actually talking about those written from a Christian perspective.

So I picked up Nicky & Sila Lee's with a small sense of foreboding. And I have to say I was slightly put off by the rather grandiose title (`The' Parenting Book??) & Nicky Gumbel's somewhat overblown preface. But I suppose that's all part of the marketing strategy. Still, once I started the book proper, I was gripped - throughout all 500 pages of it - and hugely encouraged. It was full of things that we could start doing or do differently - and every now and then, I found that we were sort of on the right lines already.

WHY EVERY PARENT SHOULD READ THIS
There are a number of aspects of the book that make it so good:
- They are not afraid to acknowledge their own mistakes - nor to allow their 4 children (now all grown-up) to mention their own frustrations and regrets about how they were parented (as well as the joys). They come across as thoroughly human and down-to-earth. As does the whole book. This was very refreshing.
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Like thousands of others, my own family have benefited hugely from the wisdom and love conveyed by Nicky & Sila through their marriage and parenting courses and books. The Parenting Book is an encouraging and uplifting read for all parents, from those who could just do with a few new ideas to those with more serious needs. The principles of good parenting are simple enough - love and boundaries. Nicky and Sila show us how to do the hard part of putting these principles into practice. There are loads of practical ideas and strategies for all sorts of situations, ages and stages. The single best piece of advice I've ever had on parenting was from Nicky and Sila. Oddly, it's not in the book although they mention it in their courses. It's to run a family quote book. Ours has been a source of constant laughter for many years now and an idea for which I am immensely grateful to them. But this is not even a blemish. Their new book is wonderful. I shall keep it close at hand as a source of ideas for digging me out of my next parenting hole ... I recommend The Parenting Book wholeheartedly and unreservedly.
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A brilliant , informative book filled with advice on parenting, including lots of experiences. The honesty with which the book is written is reassuring and encouraging.I would definitely recommend this book to anyone with a family.
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Such good wise advice, I'm reading it having given birth a month ago, obviously lots of it is about older kids but the wisdom I will hope to remember as my LO grows older
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Brilliant book, if only for the sentence "you are almost certainly doing a better job than you think you are"... this has become my parenting mantra!
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An easy to read book that includes lots of practical ideas. I have read lots of parenting books and I think this has to be top of the list.
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