ScreamFree Parenting (Harmony, 2007)

In one of our first parenting classes, a friends shared that the reason he joined the class was because he got angry too often with his children and was looking for help.  He soon discovered he wasn’t alone.

Parenting is ranked one of the most stressful seasons of life but it doesn’t have to be that way. In screamfree parenting, Hal Runkel helps parents learn ways to bring calm to their family.

“Your number one leadership role in the family is that of a calming authority. … It all begins with one fundamental shift.  As you will see, parenting is not about children, its about parents,” – ScreamFree Parenting, page 6.

The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement (Atria Books, 2009)

Jean Twenge, author of ‘Generation Me’ teamed up with University of Georgia Psychology Professor Keith Campbell to write ‘The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement.’

The book exposes the troubling effects of ‘self-admiration’ and self-esteem programs and the serious consequences of narcissism in America including incivility, egotism, rising debt and working less for more.

Parents will find the book helpful in identifying the myths of narcissism and the influences to look out for in their own family, school, the media and in the workplace.

‘Instead of telling kids what winners they are, its better that they learn how to fail with grace and resilience.  In academia, we’ve found that this ‘learning to fail’ lesson has been much more useful than the ‘you’re special’ message.’

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“Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn. Life’s greatest lessons are gained from our losses”

The quote, “Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn:   Life’s Greatest Lessons are Gained from Our Losses” is from the title of John Maxwell’s new book, Sometimes You Win–Sometimes You Learn: Life’s Greatest Lessons Are Gained from Our Losses, published in October 2013.  

A popular speaker and best selling author, John Maxwell writes about a key leadership principle that farsighted parents should teach their children.  I’ve not read John’s book but in today’s culture of self-admiration, parents can help their children avoid an over-inflated view of their own abilities by helping their children learn from their mistakes.  And when your children win or succeed, it’s better to say, ‘you really worked hard!’ or ‘wow, you really did your best,’ instead of ‘wow, you are so smart!’

 

Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World (Thomas Nelson, 2012)

I enjoyed reading Bob Goff’s book ‘Love Does.’   The book ranks a high 4.7 Amazon stars with over 570 5-star reviews.

The stories from Bob’s life are inspiring and make me feel like I can do big things just like Bob.  It’s also a great example of an ‘other-centric’ view that is so important for parents to live out and teach their children.

If you’ve ever asked yourself, like I have, ‘what is my true purpose here,” Bob shares through many stories a very simple approach:

“We aren’t supposed to be observers, listeners, or have a bunch of opinions. We’re not here to let everyone know what we agree and don’t agree with because frankly, who cares?   Tell me about the God you love; tell me about what He has inspired uniquely in you; tell me about what you’re going to do about it, and a plan for your life will be pretty easy to figure out from there.” —‘Love Does,’  p143.

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