Friday, October 3, 2014

Our Future is in the Children

Children are our most precious possessions, but in today's busy world sometimes we forget. This is a wonderful book for parents, grandparents, teachers, and anyone who loves children – the key word here is loves. Arnold makes the point over and over is in his chapters. Children need love and respect. They want to be seen as people. They want to love you back.

The book is filled with excellent advice about limiting screen time, trying to escape the commercialism of our culture, and dealing with difficult children. In all the chapters, the theme is the same. If you love your children, you'll teach them discipline and give them a moral compass. Loving your child doesn't mean giving in or giving everything he or she wants. Being a parent isn't easy. We're not our children's playmates, although playing with our children is a wonderful thing to do. We are the adults. The children need our strength. It must be very frightening for a young child to think he's the one in charge. If parents don't give them limits with love, they will be at sea.

I highly recommend this book. If you're doing the things Arnold suggests: limiting your child's television and tablet time, giving but in limited quantities, and taking time to be with your child. You're doing it right, and you'll feel reassured. You may even find some additional ways to help your child. If you aren't doing any of the things Arnold suggests, there is always a place to start. Take some time to just be with your child. 

I reviewed this book for Handlebar Publishing.