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Christian Parenting

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The Creative Christian Home
Sparks
1974

As I was looking at this book, I was trying to decide how creativity fit into this Christian parenting guide. There is nothing particularly wrong with this book, I just don’t think it is super creative or helpful.  The Christian aspect was more about peppering general advice with a bit of scripture.

Caveat: I am a bit biased against parenting books since all they did was make me feel inadequate. They remind me of those passive aggressive “helpful” moms, and sometimes dads, that point out all the things I am doing wrong. This includes, but is not limited to, issues of breastfeeding, naps, raisins as a snack, dairy, no dairy, diapers, television habits, church attendance, lack of church attendance, reading habits (btw, I really resented that one!), and other ridiculous unsolicited advice. (Let’s call it parent-splaining.)

I am so glad to be retired from parenting.

Mary

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Not my precious child

Tonight is too late cover

Tonight Is Too Late
Purtell
1965

Parents, all the possible sins your children are committing, behind your back, are right here in this conveniently packaged single volume. Purtell advocates open and honest communication with pre-teens about the consequences of drugs, premarital sex, and disease. Not too bad, especially for the time period. There are examples and quotes from law enforcement about their frustrations with the parents of young people that they are not stepping up to monitor their own children. Overall, Purtell is telling parents to wake up and smell the coffee about their precious child.

Evidently, time hasn’t changed much.

Mary

 

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Don’t Sit on the Baby!

Baby-Sitting coverThe Franklin-Watts Concise Guide to Baby-Sitting
Saunders
1972

Submitter: [Here is] a babysitting book from the 70’s. Apparently the going rate then was $0.75/hour, and there are references to sleep-in servants and tie dye jeans, as well as specific reassurance that it is acceptable for female sitters to wear pants.

Holly: My favorite line: “This doesn’t mean you have to dress like a square; it just means that you don’t wear your wildest tie-dyed jeans or your tightest hot pants” (p.42, image below). Then what the heck will I wear?

Boy, that cover is showing every inch of its 45 years, isn’t it? The cover art, the crinkles, and the tape do not help. I do like Tomie De Paola’s illustrations, but they don’t save this book from the weed pile.

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