Friday, June 8, 2012

The Discipline Book

I have been reading The Discipline Book for months now and am glad to have finally finished it.  I have to say that it is my favorite book on discipline that I've read yet.  It has more information and practical application than any other discipline book that I've read.  I do not buy into every single philosophy that the authors suggest, but there was a lot of good information I was able to glean from this book.  If you are pro-spanking, then this is not the book for you, but I found it very refreshing in contrast to all of the Christian discipline books that seem to be heavy in the physical discipline category. (I am not trying to get into a pro/con spanking debate with this, and I respect the right of each family to make their own decisions, so please respect our right to make our own).

1 comment:

DangAndBlast! said...

(I think I found you through the SMS giveaway day ages back? Anyhow - I love your recipes! Just explaining how I'm here.) I've been reading that lately (have a 6mo). I was actually impressed by the spanking bit - at least in the older (1995) copy I have, but things may have changed in newer editions. It's the one book I've found that picks some middle ground, rather than saying occasional spanking is the same as regular beatings with straps and hard objects. He even gave several examples of "good" (in his opinion) parents who occasionally spanked when they felt it necessary, and he agreed that that didn't turn them into ravening child abusers. It seems to fit with my mother's idea, which was that the goal was to never need to (and, according to her, my sister and I never misbehaved until much older), but that sometimes with a toddler they need the shock (as Sears agreed, pointing out that it's shocking only if it's not a regular occurrence) and sitting down and discussing feelings isn't exactly appropriate. (The one instance I remember my mother spanking my brother was when he was 2, grabbed a knife from her hand, and ran at my sister with it!) Not to say that he doesn't agree that it's better not to, but it was refreshing to see someone who doesn't see it as totally binary spank-and-you're-a-child-abuser-who-loves-violence.