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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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7 Responses to Christian Parenting

  • Whatever the potential local audience, I suspect it’s safe to retire a 43 year-old parenting guide. There’s probably something a bit more up to date for them out there.

  • The publication year alone makes it weed-worthy, but even I, a non-Christian agree with nearly all the advice on the pages shown! Mealtimes (family time and the dos and don’ts)… television (what and how much)… reading (not to ban entire categories)… it even admits people masturbate, and doesn’t say it’s sinful! Pretty progressive advice for the time.

    • Baker Book House is a very conservative publisher, too. The section on TV brings to mind that there’s likely nothing on computer use by kids, let alone the Internet.

  • Agree that more current guides are available (especially ones that cover use of electronics and social media). And I tend to be wary of any “Christian parenting” guides, many of which encourage the use of corporal punishment. But form the little that’s shown here, much of the advice appears to be quite reasonable. And parents should, of course, be alert to the child who “masturbates habitually… in public”.

  • I think the author is trying to encourage the parent to be creative in their parenting, rather than trying to encourage creativity in the children. Which makes all the lists rather odd, but there’s only so many formats to present this stuff. And if your audience is used to the heavy-handed, “Demand obedience” parenting school, the lists might be reassuring.

    But this did catch my eye… “Encourage free discussion on a wide variety of subjects. Avoid controversial items that can lead to family quarrels.” I can see myself going cross-eyed from the stress of trying to balance these contradictions!

  • If this book helped someone, great. I hope it didn’t hurt but from your post it seems it’s just trying to help parents.

    I still won’t read it, lol.

    http://www.ManOfLaBook.com

  • Why do the publishers always assume that all Christians are whiter than white? There was that one book in the same genre where even the dog was blond. I am prepared to believe that the Korean edition’s cover shows a different ethnicity, but I have grave doubts about the South African edition.

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