Posted by Todd Kangas on 3/28/2001
I went home for dinner one night and noticed new behavior around the table from our younger children. The boys stood until their mom was seated. No one was sneaking food before our prayer. They all waited to ask to be excused until the last one was done eating. Was I in the wrong house? No, my wife had been reading this book and immediately saw a personal application for our home in the area of table manners and had implemented it. What a great introduction to this book!
I had already been impressed by the insights in the book about parent/child relations. With 8 children from 21 to 2 years of age, we feel overwhelmed with parenting suggestions at times, but I can see how I can apply some of what I've learned already and the encouragement from the authors to just start with what we could handle was refreshing. The candor and practicality are great. This book is not about theory, but about real life and investing in the well being of our children.
I would heartily recommend this book to parents who are trying to: develop emotionally secure, loving children; develop vision in their children; create multigenerational foundations of family ties; and develop their value systems with their children. Outstanding book!