I’m always scouting for good books on parenting, Christianity, children and so on and when I saw 14 Secrets to Better Parenting: Powerful Principles from the Bible, I immediately asked to review it. And oh boy, I just love this book!
This entire book is written based on the book of Proverbs. As I read through each chapters in the book, I couldn’t help but agree and realized there’s so much to parenting!
The writing style of Dave Earley is like Max Lucado and Zig Ziglar, in the sense that the author dispenses his parenting advice together with biblical verses for you to understand more on and ponder about.
The author starts with the questions on why should we trust in God as the expert on parenting and why the books on Proverbs in particular. On page 14 of the book, he explains that the book of Proverbs is unique as it is written from the perspective of a parent giving encouragement and instruction to a child. Read Proverbs 4:1-2 (NIV)
I like the statement on page 17 where it says “Parents who make their children’s immediate happiness the goal of their parenting are making a huge mistake, If happiness becomes the primary target, character flaws would go uncorrected and behavioral problems will be overlooked. The children will be spoiled and overindulged.”
In my opinion, too often we as parents are afraid of disciplining our child; either we are too soft-hearted to punish them when they do something wrong or we think they are still too young to understand the concept of punishment or apologizing for their mistake. Read: Proverbs 23:13 (NIV), Proverbs 29:15 (NIV), Proverbs 29:17 (NIV)
I also learned that it is best that the same person who disciplines the child should be the same one to console them afterward. That way, the child will understand the connection between discipline, love and developing character and all. There is also some points on resorting to spanking as a method of discipline which you should read on to understand more.
In summary, this book emphasizes highly the power of wisdom, in the sense that how we as parents should focus our parenting on developing our child’s wisdom.
I am very inspired with how wisdom helps greatly in our children growing up to be a God-fearing and God-loving child. I am so glad to review this book and it will definitely stay in my iPad for repeated readings!
Do get a copy of this book if you want to equip yourself with more parenting wisdom and knowledge.