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Can anyone please recommend some Child-rearing books?

Posted on 04/27/2007 2:13:45 PM PDT by solon_where_r_u

I am in the middle of a divorce and have a one-year old son whom I plan on raising as well as I can in the time I can spend with him. To this end, if anyone can recommend some character-centered child rearing books, I would be very grateful. Thanks..


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1 posted on 04/27/2007 2:13:48 PM PDT by solon_where_r_u
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To: solon_where_r_u

If you want to raise your son well, get sole physical custody if at all possible.


2 posted on 04/27/2007 2:15:32 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Then vs Now: Tokyo Rose - Baghdad Harry Reid)
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To: solon_where_r_u

The Bible


3 posted on 04/27/2007 2:17:20 PM PDT by SF Republican
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4 posted on 04/27/2007 2:17:42 PM PDT by JZelle
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To: solon_where_r_u

Dr. James Dobson, from Focus on the Family, has some very good books for raising kids and family life in general


5 posted on 04/27/2007 2:17:49 PM PDT by skimask ("Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated"....George Bernard Shaw)
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To: solon_where_r_u

Dr. James Dobson has a great book “Bringing up Boys.” I highly recommend it.


6 posted on 04/27/2007 2:18:16 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (When toilet paper is a luxury, you have achieved communism.)
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To: solon_where_r_u

Start with the Bible. ‘Bringing Up Boys’ and ‘Love Must Be Tough’ by Dr. James Dobson are also good resources. They Way They Learn and Every Child Can Succeed by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias.


7 posted on 04/27/2007 2:18:34 PM PDT by This Just In
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To: solon_where_r_u

Child Rearing for Dummies


8 posted on 04/27/2007 2:19:17 PM PDT by The_Republican (So Dark The Con of Man)
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To: JZelle
Where's the </sarcasm> tag?
9 posted on 04/27/2007 2:19:17 PM PDT by TChris (The Democrat Party: A sewer into which is emptied treason, inhumanity and barbarism - O. Morton)
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To: solon_where_r_u
My kids loved the books by Richard Scarry (don’t worry about his last name) and his “Busytown” series. Lot’s of detail in the pictures and the stories are silly. He’s the author that also does Lowly Worm (not to be confused with Harry Reid).

Good fun through and through and will keep them coming back for more.

Cheers!

10 posted on 04/27/2007 2:19:25 PM PDT by RedCell ("...thou shalt kill thine enemy before he killeth you by any means available" - Dick Marcinko)
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To: solon_where_r_u

In my own experience, with three daughters, books don’t really help. But What To Expect The First Year has good info on the basics of child-rearing. My own advice? Read, read, read with your child. Even at this young age. Get your child to love books. My kids and I still read together every night. My youngest two are 7 and 9 (next week). It helps with everything.

But this is the most important part. My 17 year old daughter and I talk every day about books. I will read the books I buy for her, and we discuss them, even the silly ones with dumb plots, and it opens up all kind of avenues of discussion. It really does. Everything. And I truly believe that we are as close as we are because I always read with her. But the bottom line is, in my house, reading leads to talking, and when it comes to when they get older, getting them to talk to you is everything.


11 posted on 04/27/2007 2:19:33 PM PDT by USMCWife6869 (Godspeed Sand Sharks.)
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To: solon_where_r_u

‘A Fine Young Man’ by Michael Gurian.


12 posted on 04/27/2007 2:19:43 PM PDT by mouse_35
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13 posted on 04/27/2007 2:21:18 PM PDT by miliantnutcase
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To: solon_where_r_u
I would first recommend the Bible. We can always use a little help from the Lord. Scripture is uplifting and helps me concentrate on the important things in life.

A secular book that I would recommend would be "Beyond Positive Thinking" by Dr. Robert Anthony. It is not about child rearing specifically but helps the reader to understand his or herself and how he or she thinks. It's a fantastic book! I wish I had read this before my kids were born. It could have helped a lot.

14 posted on 04/27/2007 2:21:59 PM PDT by Reaganesque
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To: solon_where_r_u

When he’s old enough, Harry Potter books.


15 posted on 04/27/2007 2:22:16 PM PDT by null and void (The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.)
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To: SF Republican

“Bringing Up Boys,” by Dr. James Dobson is also a very good book for any parent of sons.


16 posted on 04/27/2007 2:22:59 PM PDT by zerosix
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To: solon_where_r_u

Also, Successful Single Parenting by Gary Richmond.

Wishing you and your son the best. God bless you.


17 posted on 04/27/2007 2:23:05 PM PDT by This Just In
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To: solon_where_r_u

Never mind, I was thinking for him, not you!


18 posted on 04/27/2007 2:23:23 PM PDT by null and void (The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.)
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To: solon_where_r_u
I know many FReepers don't like Dr. Phil, but I've found most of his advice to be very good.

Dr. Phil's articles on parenting

...or his book: Family First: Your Step-by-Step Plan for Creating a Phenomenal Family

19 posted on 04/27/2007 2:23:56 PM PDT by TChris (The Democrat Party: A sewer into which is emptied treason, inhumanity and barbarism - O. Morton)
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To: solon_where_r_u
Tough to hear, sorry. I’m not a single parent but a book I found helpful bringing up my son, now 5, and one that would be a good start for you would be:

Bringing Up Boys
by James Dobson

It is vital, even though he will not be with you all the time, that you remain a positive influence on him always and that, even though you are divorced you show him that you are Man enough to still respect his Mother ans see the importance of her in his life as well. Good Luck.

20 posted on 04/27/2007 2:24:25 PM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: solon_where_r_u

The what to expect series of books have been invaluable with my 1 and 3 year olds. Some very good insight into developmental milestones and understanding what’s going on during the key early years. And a nice reference for when the “mechanicals” aren’t running too smoothly. When to call the doctor, when to keep an eye on things and when to relax.

Babycenter.com also has a weekly email that you can sign up for that will tell you what to look for - “your baby at 14 months” type stuff.


21 posted on 04/27/2007 2:24:35 PM PDT by sbMKE
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To: solon_where_r_u

“Help! There’s A Liberal Under My Bed.”


22 posted on 04/27/2007 2:24:42 PM PDT by MayflowerMadam
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To: solon_where_r_u

LOL, I just realized I said books don’t help and then told you to read. I meant that child-rearing books never really helped me.

To read with your baby, start with Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney (it comes in a board book version so your baby can eat it, too ;-) ) and I’ll Love You Forever by Robert Munsch.


23 posted on 04/27/2007 2:24:52 PM PDT by USMCWife6869 (Godspeed Sand Sharks.)
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To: solon_where_r_u

To Train Up a Child
By Michael Pearl

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1892112000/ref=wl_it_dp/103-7182085-3003011?ie=UTF8&coliid=I2VDEACRG1QXZL&colid=AENX7GGPFOX5


24 posted on 04/27/2007 2:27:08 PM PDT by Little Ray (Rudy Guiliani: if his wives can't trust him, why should we?)
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To: JZelle

LOL!


25 posted on 04/27/2007 2:28:22 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat lead.)
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To: JZelle

Thanks, but no thanks.


26 posted on 04/27/2007 2:28:41 PM PDT by solon_where_r_u
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To: miliantnutcase

Most certainly not..


27 posted on 04/27/2007 2:29:01 PM PDT by solon_where_r_u
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To: solon_where_r_u

Children’s Books Gift Package
http://www.drlaurashop.com/product.php?id=18

Parenthood By Proxy
http://www.drlaurashop.com/product.php?id=44

Stupid Things Parents Do To Mess Up Their Kids
http://www.drlaurashop.com/product.php?id=43

Dr Laura recommends books
http://www.drlaura.com/reading/


28 posted on 04/27/2007 2:29:03 PM PDT by donna (America used up all the good weather.)
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To: solon_where_r_u

Dare to Discipline, by Dobson.


29 posted on 04/27/2007 2:29:09 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: USMCWife6869

Reading with kids is one of those lost parenting skills that really makes a world of difference. My 3yo and I read and talk about pictures in catalogs, magazines (home and garden and wildlife), kids books of course and really anything we can get our hands on.

The only odd moment we’ve had as a result was when his eyes were opened to something we weren’t aware he noticed. “I didn’t know they made dog shaped topiaries...” New worlds have opened up through reading, that’s for sure.


30 posted on 04/27/2007 2:30:13 PM PDT by sbMKE
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To: solon_where_r_u

Encyclopedia Brown

( I loved em,after I could read of course)


31 posted on 04/27/2007 2:30:29 PM PDT by advertising guy (If computer skills named us, I'd be back-space delete.)
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To: solon_where_r_u

“Dare to Discipline,” James Dobson.


32 posted on 04/27/2007 2:30:55 PM PDT by Oberon (What does it take to make government shrink?)
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To: solon_where_r_u
Love your son unconditionally.

When you have to say no, explain why.

If you are Christian pray with him and teach him the love of God, why and how Christ died on the cross for our sins,prepared a place in Heaven for His children.

The love for your son will lead you to be the best Dad you can be.

May God Bless you and your precious son.

33 posted on 04/27/2007 2:31:15 PM PDT by BARLF
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To: Little Ray
To Train Up a Child
By Michael Pearl

I haven't read that one. But this review of To Train Up a Child from Amazon.Com really concerns me.

Is this really what the book teaches?

In their book the Pearls advocate pulling an infant's hair, "thumping" a toddler and a daily routine of whipping infants, toddlers and preschoolers to teach them to be submissive. They encourage parents to whip their children 10 times several times a day starting at 3 months old.
If so, I must strongly disagree with your choice.
34 posted on 04/27/2007 2:32:02 PM PDT by TChris (The Democrat Party: A sewer into which is emptied treason, inhumanity and barbarism - O. Morton)
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To: solon_where_r_u
Childcraft series (the older editions - check E-bay)
Grimm's Fairy Tales
Aesop's Fables
The Canterbury Tales
The Book of Virtues (Bill Bennett)
35 posted on 04/27/2007 2:33:39 PM PDT by quark
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This book was the "minority opinion" when Dr. Spock was messing up the 60's generation with his book.

And unlike Dr. Spock, W. Cleon Skousen actually raised kids, including a bunch who weren't his own.

36 posted on 04/27/2007 2:33:59 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: solon_where_r_u
The Art of War
37 posted on 04/27/2007 2:34:04 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny
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To: solon_where_r_u

The “Teaching Your Children” books by Richard and Linda Eyre:

Teaching Your Children Values
Teaching Your Children Responsibility
Teaching Your Children Joy
Teaching Your Children Sensitivity
(they’ve written a bunch of other books too, but these are the only ones I’m familiar with)

They also have a website, though it’s mostly oriented to selling you their various programs. http://www.valuesparenting.com/

They’re LDS, but nothing in the books is specific to their religion.


38 posted on 04/27/2007 2:34:05 PM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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39 posted on 04/27/2007 2:34:59 PM PDT by cmsgop ( "cmsgop" a Mark Goodson / Bill Todman Production)
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To: solon_where_r_u
Dr. Laura has a page full of recommended books:

http://www.drlaura.com/reading/

40 posted on 04/27/2007 2:35:20 PM PDT by FReepaholic (If Cho had a nuclear weapon instead of guns, would he have used it?)
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To: solon_where_r_u
My wife and I like Dr Dobson's "Bringing up Boys" and "Dare to Discipline" in addition to a number of good books from Dr Sears.
41 posted on 04/27/2007 2:37:04 PM PDT by pgyanke (RUDY GIULIANI 2008 - BECAUSE IF YOU'RE GOING TO COMPROMISE YOUR PRINCIPLES ANYWAY... WHY WAIT?)
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To: TChris

I don’t recall whether those precise details are accurate, but I tossed “To Train Up a Child” in the trashcan rather than inflict it on the unfortunate child of someone who found it at the library’s rummage sale.


42 posted on 04/27/2007 2:37:20 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("And he had turned the Prime Minister's teacup into a gerbil.")
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To: TChris

Dunno, but I have friend with four boys who swears by it. Probably more of a “spare the rod, spoil the child” book.


43 posted on 04/27/2007 2:39:10 PM PDT by Little Ray (Rudy Guiliani: if his wives can't trust him, why should we?)
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To: SF Republican

Good answer!
That was the first book that came to mind!


44 posted on 04/27/2007 2:40:16 PM PDT by elder5 (Dino Rossi IS My Governor.)
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Nice except from the classic book So You Want to Raise a Boy?
45 posted on 04/27/2007 2:40:53 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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46 posted on 04/27/2007 2:42:10 PM PDT by MaDeuce (Do it to them, before they do it to you! (MaDeuce = John Browning's gift to freedom))
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To: solon_where_r_u

bump for later


47 posted on 04/27/2007 2:42:33 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (The Drive-By Media is attempting to Cronkite the Iraq war.)
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To: solon_where_r_u

Giving the Love that Heals a Guide for Parents, by Dr. Harville Hendricks

This book will help you to heal the wounds to this little soul. And unless he father is a threat him, by all mens encourage him to love his dad and to have a good relationship with him.

Dr. Hendricks is also a minister as is his wife.


48 posted on 04/27/2007 2:42:35 PM PDT by stockpirate (Al Qaeda is in the United States, they are in the House and Senate!)
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To: solon_where_r_u

My son found the “Captain Underpants” series fairly stimulating.


49 posted on 04/27/2007 2:42:39 PM PDT by keat (You know who I feel bad for? Arab-Americans who truly want to get into crop-dusting.)
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To: solon_where_r_u

Good luck! I like John Rosemund’s books. Very sensible.


50 posted on 04/27/2007 2:44:20 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("And he had turned the Prime Minister's teacup into a gerbil.")
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