After reading this book I knew I had to share it with as many young parents that would listen. I taught a class to the ladies of our Church. I bought the VCR tapes and each lady bought the book and workbook, we meet weekly sharing our thoughts and discussing topics such as spanking, fighting, whinning, etc.... I think Tedd Tripp hit the nail on the head with this book. I always said if I were to write a book it would be titled "You parent for their future." Its not about us as parents it is about raising kids to Glorify God in all they do.
As a young parent with young kids, I find valuable guidance on parenting from this book. The author has laid down a clear biblical approach in parenting. It helped me to see my own weakness and wrong approach in parenting. It is a good parenting book and helped me to see my role as a parent from a biblical view.
As a grandparent who is a Bible-believing Christian and part-time care giver for two young (6 and 9) grandchildren of parents who are not practicing Christians, I was searching for help in ensuring that I was taking the right approach in my attempt to share my faith with my grandchildren through what we teach them and the example we set. I found the book extremely helpful and reassuring and fully grounded in Scripture. I would highly recommend it to anyone seeking guidance for raising children or grandchildren in a biblical manner.
Some reviewers of this book have taken exception to the chapters on spanking. Since I interpret the book to say (and I agree) that spanking is biblically reserved for parents, those portions of the book are not relevant to my situation. However, I will say that I do agree with spanking as it is presented and explained in the book. As the book points out, the key is consistency. If parents are consistent in applying discipline in a loving, biblical manner, they will find that the need for discipline decreases quickly.