Sunday, January 20, 2008

Book of the Week

This week's book is a parenting book called, "To Train Up a Child" by Michael and Debi Pearl. Jennifer read it and wanted me to read it when she finished. It's written by an Amish couple and so far its been pretty funny as well as helpful. Even the structure of the book is funny. The first subtitle of the first chapter is entitled: "Switch your kids"...and he's not referring to trading them in, but rather to spanking them. Other than the somewhat dated language and strong opinions, it is a good book. Here's an excerpt that captures the goal of the book:

"Parents should not wait until the child's behavior becomes unacceptable before they commence training..."

It's got certain parts that neither Jennifer or I would agree with, but as an old professor of mine used to say, "Eat the meat and spit out the bones."