April showers....and not much else! All of you are stir crazy enough to be spending time outdoors in the rain. The neighbor donated several tons of dirt from his yard project yesterday, and you and Matt played "Battleship" on it all afternoon. I'm almost sad we have to level it. The rest of our spring veggies will be going in this week with hoop houses up to keep them protected. We've let the coal stove burn out, too. Cross my fingers, I think spring has finally arrived.
I won't be writing a great deal about our child rearing philosophy or practices in these letters because the vast majority is contained in our library, and I'd prefer to leave you an annotated bibliography.
|An Eric Guiomar creation.|
Training Your Children to Turn Out Right by Sorenson doesn't pull any punches and requires hard decisions. This is Dad's favorite parenting book. We went to college with his daughters and had the privilege of sitting under his preaching on several occasions. His book on marriage is one of the best, too.
Scott Turansky and Joan Miller's book, Good and Angry, was a game changer for me. I highly recommend it if you or any of your children have a short fuse. They have a number of other books, videos, and seminar information at www.effectiveparenting.org I choose to receive a free bi-weekly e-mail with excerpts from their books, too.
I'm positive there will be many more books that come out in the years before you are parenting and working with children. Seek counsel from your pastor and godly friends whose children display the character you wish to see in your own children. Above all, spend much time in the Word and prayer!