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Smack those kids into shape

What’s a Parent to Do?
Lovett
1971

Not only is the Devil hell bent on getting you fat, he is now on to your kids, and Lovett has some super helpful advice for you parents. Just smack ’em. Literally. The fist on the cover is no joke.

Over 200 pages of helpful advice on how to use the belt and/or slap your kids. But it’s okay. You pray afterwards and remind yourself it is for their own good.  So here are a few sins to consider:

–smoking
–getting pregnant
–having sex
–girls: dressing like a tart
–girls: hanging out with leather jacket/motorcycle boys

–television
–boys: looking at dirty magazines (In pic 2 below, is the sin the magazine or the “old man” reference?)
–hanging around a “certain crowd”

I would love to see how this guy’s kids turned out. He speaks like an expert.

Mary

Helpful parenting advice:

When Children Invite Abuse (Yes, that is the real title)

Who’s Your Daddy? 

Loving your teenager

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Working Parents

How to have a child and keep your job: a candid guide for working parents
Price
1979

Submitter: I found the following advise book in my local public library, giving out parenting and career advise from 1979. Probably a great choice for 1979 since many women were going back, or staying in the workforce. 2015? I don’t think so.

Holly: The statistics cited in the introduction date this book right from the start. I like the page on role-sharing and household responsibilities [p.62, below], and I’m sure there some other nuggets of good information here. The rest, like the list of examples of quality television for children, are just outdated. Not a bad book, just not current enough to warrant keeping. Weed and update!

More Parenting Advice:

But Who Will Do the Cooking and Cleaning?

Be a Guilt-Free and Organized Working Mother

You Can Be a Mom and Have a Career

Keeping Hubby Happy

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Parent Guide to Cults

Cults: What Parents Should Know
A practical guide to help parents with children in destructive groups.
Ross and Langone
1989

Submitter: I am submitting this from a mid-sized public library. It was last checked out in 2012. Besides being out of date in its references to organizations or publications that can help, the case study example that opens the book spans the 1970’s, concluding in the early 1980’s. The “recent cult activity” summary covers the 1960’s and 1970’s (can you say Jonestown?). The single color cover with an illustration the pied-piper leading a group of people whose identities have been taken off like the masks dangling from their hands is especially evocative of institutional publications of the 1980’s. The American Family Foundation mentioned as the publisher is not actually the current foundation of that name (which, as a religious organization, would be far more disturbing), but one that has since changed its name to ICSA – International Cultic Studies Association, and maintains a website with several extensive free online guides that cover the scope of this book and more. Toss the book, keep the site. (I especially appreciated their guide for people leaving cults, called “Starting Out in Mainstream America,” http://startingout.icsa.name/, which has a section on the uses of libraries). I was just glad to realize that the actual text was quite good (non-judgmental with helpful scenarios that weren’t terribly dated), so at least I hadn’t been leaving a BAD book on the shelves since I took the religion collection over.

Holly:That is a creeptastic cover, for sure. Effective for this topic, though. Plus the book is all dirty (see image below). This is an important topic for public libraries, and should be kept up to date!

More Cult-Like Behavior:

Come Drink the Kool-Aid

Going Sane

The Urantia Book

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