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Hi Fastlane Parents,

Reading books on parenting can have an enormous positive impact on the affect you have on raising your children - my favorite book is How to be a great dad by Keith Zafren. What is your favorite book on parenting?
 

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A big part of what constitutes a "good" parenting advice will depend on your worldview.

If you have a Christian worldview (or at least you're open-minded enough to examine new information, no matter the source), a great parenting book would be King Me: What Every Son Wants and Needs from His Father.

The author (Steve Farrar ) uses kings of the Old Testament as character studies to examine the critical role a father plays in preparing his son to become a godly man, concluding that what separated the "good kings" from the "bad kings" in the Old Testament was a father who made time commitments to mentor his son.

I think that's true irrespective of your worldview. And despite the "son" bias, I see no reason why making time commitments to mentor your daughter wouldn't be as helpful.

Also, as my little boy (who will be 4 in December) grows up, I see him trying to ape me in everything I do. As a result, I've come to appreciate that the biggest parenting advice is for parents to live an exemplary life for their kids to follow. And a critical piece of that puzzle is how the parents treat and relate to each other!

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A big part of what constitutes a "good" parenting advice will depend on your worldview.

If you have a Christian worldview (or at least you're open-minded enough to examine new information, no matter the source), a great parenting book would be King Me: What Every Son Wants and Needs from His Father.

The author (Steve Farrar ) uses kings of the Old Testament as character studies to examine the critical role a father plays in preparing his son to become a godly man, concluding that what separated the "good kings" from the "bad kings" in the Old Testament was a father who made time commitments to mentor his son.

I think that's true irrespective of your worldview. And despite the "son" bias, I see no reason why making time commitments to mentor your daughter wouldn't be as helpful.

Also, as my little boy (who will be 4 in December) grows up, I seem him trying to ape me in everything I do. As a result, I've come to appreciate that the biggest parenting advice is for parents to live an exemplary life for their childing to ape. And a critical piece of that puzzle is how the parents treat and relate to each other!

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George,

Thank you so much for the book recommendation. Just ordered it and looking forward to reading it!
 

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I have one. It’s not exactly parenting per se.. more like changing your entire understanding of children. It changed my life.

For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay
 

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Short Answer: Yes, they do matter.
 

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Hey Andy

I haven't ready any yet, but my son is almost 2 now and I've noticed he's started to respond a lot more now to what I do, how I treat him, etc. I need to dig in and start reading some books.

Thanks for starting this thread, I'm gona start watching it and pick a book once I've seen what some others have said.
 

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Recently heard during a Brian Tracy course that “How to really love your child”, and “How to really love your teen” by Ross Campbell are both great books
 

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So far all of the books on here have great reviews, and lots of people have great things to say about them. But I'm going to start with How to really love your child (thanks andyhaus44), for two reasons:

1. Brian Tracy recommended it

2. More importantly, I resonated with the amazon description:

"Many parents would be dismayed to discover that their child feels unloved. After all, they make sure that their child has the things they need. They attend their child's school events. They buy their child the things they want. So why is it then that most children doubt that they are genuinely and unconditionally loved?"

I know a lot of parents who fully provide for their kids, yet their kids hate them. I can see where those parents are going wrong, they're not involved with their kids lives, they're just providing for them. It'd be great to get some more insight on how to create that loving bond between parent and child.

Also something that a reviewer said, who took a stance against the supernanny approach:

"I rate this book very highly. I believe this book takes a long term view at how to raise children into mature adults; it is not about how to make them behave today."
 

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By the way, a couple of months ago, I came across a post from a successful forum member, and they recommended the following books:

Everyday Blessings by Jon Kabat-Zinn and Myla Kabat-Zinn (am currently reading this, and so far so good)

The Continuum Concept: In Search Of Happiness Lost by Jean Liedloff
 

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