I love that this book prefaces that everything must be done in love, and love includes cool, calm, consistent discipline, as well as, lots of encouragement and positive reinforcement. If we don't enforce discipline and consequences in a loving, thoughtful & effective way, we aren't showing love! The consequences of that, are often children who have a far more difficult struggle with self-centeredness & healthy self image, difficulty in submitting to authority & mastering their impulses and behavior, especially when things don't go their way. This book is chalked full of scripture and scripture based principles, always done with a patient & loving attitude, while challenging parents to be the role model & trainer (with God's direction) for the behaviors & character we would like to see in our children. I'm challenged by it & love it!
I really enjoyed this book, but I was looking for some help with my twin 2 year old girls, and the book is geared for older kids that can reason better, and for teens. I will keep the book and definitely check it out again when my kids are older, and I think it will be really helpful, but right now, not much help, except to know I am not alone, and my kids are normal.
I absolutely love this book. It is packed with lots of great ideas for how to handle various issues with kids. It is a easy read. I really like the toolbox sections which have great practical ideas. I love Lisa's creativity and her humilty. I have had this book for four years now and still refer to it regulalry for advice.
I think this has excellent, simple ideas, and you will probably find yourself saying, "why didnt I think of that"....not only do you get the discpline ideas, but you have scripture to share with your child and what God has to say about it. Excellent book!