Item description for Parenting With Grace: Catholic Parent's Guide to Raising Almost Perfect Kids by Gregory Popcak & Lisa Popcak...
Overview "Why don't kids come with an instruction manual?" Actually, they do. It's just most of us haven't figured out how to decipher it. But, help is here. Now family therapist and parent Gregory Popcak, MSW, LCSW along with Lisa, his wife, reveal the guidance God offers every Catholic parent in Parenting With Grace, a truly Catholic apprach to parenthood. The unique perspective of Parenting With Grace combines orthodox theology with contemporary psychology to show parents: *The twelve secrets to raising practically perfect children *The nine weapons that wipe out every parent's worst enemy *The five fabulous phases every child must go through *The two essential differences between discipline and punishment *And finally, the single most powerful parenting technique in the world Laced with humor, practical examples, and thought-provoking quizzes, Parenting With Grace helps you discover your own God-given instruction manual for creating a hightly individualized, completely Catholic parenting plan for your children. Check out the practical advice contained in Parenting With Grace and begin raising your own (almost) perfect children today!
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Studio: Our Sunday Visitor
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.9" Weight: 1.3 lbs.
Release Date Mar 31, 2000
Publisher Our Sunday Visitor
ISBN 0879737301 ISBN13 9780879737306
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More About Gregory Popcak & Lisa Popcak
Gregory K. Popcak is a psychotherapist, the executive director of Pastoral Solutions Institute, and the author or coauthor of more than twenty popular books and programs integrating Catholic theology and counseling psychology. He is an expert on the practical applications of the theology of the body. His books include Just Married, Then Comes Baby, and Parenting with Grace. He is a regular contributor to Catholic Digest, Family Foundations, and other magazines. He hosts More2Life with his wife, Lisa, on Ave Maria Radio. The couple has three children and lives in Ohio.
Gregory K. Popcak currently resides in Pittsburgh, in the state of Pennsylvania.
Reviews - What do customers think about Parenting With Grace: Catholic Parent's Guide to Raising Almost Perfect Kids?
excellent advice May 26, 2008
Parenting with Grace is an excellent book and will benefit parents grately. The key is to have happy, content, self confident children and this advice will definately help parents of any religion or faith in this direction. With this advice parenting will become so much more rewarding and children will have a childhood they will be proud of.
I thought I would hate it! Jul 26, 2007
I have 4 small kids and am a fairly recent convert. When I heard about the Popcak's radical anti-spanking stance I thought I would find their book mushy and liberal, so I borrowed it from a friend. But I liked it so much that I actually bought 2 copies, one for me and one for my sister (who is not even Catholic).
The Popcaks speak from experience, and they really showed me in this book that attachment parenting, and even a no-spank mentality, does NOT mean permissiveness. The way to reach your children is to form their consciences through love and example. Loving them and having expectations of them inspire them to obey from the heart. This ensures that what we really want for our kids -- for them to be happy, loving, productive adults -- is going to happen.
Some features of the book are "quizzes" that give you a more concrete sense of what they are talking about when they speak of having rapport with your child, etc. I think their suggestions for building a loving home are great, their discipline suggestions and explanations are very useful, and also their section that walks through each stage of childhood and describes parenting issues, suggestions, and what virtues the child should be learning at each stage.
When you are focused on behavior modification, you tend to look for mere outward compliance. The Popcak's way is a LOT more labor- intensive, a lot more parent-involved, and a lot more rewarding in the short and long term.
The hardest part about being a parent is being a good example. Learning to model charity and other Catholic virtues is much harder than simply requiring it of your kids. If you want an easy button approach to parenting, a way to keep your kids quiet so you can watch TV, or a magic wand to fast forward through the early years, this book is NOT for you.
The Popcaks have a live radio show weekdays as well. [...]
This Book is BOTH Theologically Sound AND Effective! Apr 26, 2007
For Catholics (and other Christians, heck, for anybody!), psychotherapist and author Gregory Popcak provides here a great deal of sound theological, psychological and practical support for the attachment-style of parenting, not just in the "baby years" but all the way through! He has written a book for Catholic parents ("Parenting with Grace"), but also promotes on his radio show and blog secular authors whose work backs up with sound science the principles he embraces, including Margo Sunderland (The Science of Parenting), Dr. William Sears (of course) and Gordon Neufeld (Hold On to Your Kids).
Popcak is able to articulate a real theological basis for making parenting decisions AND has many extremely useful practical strategies for improving connection between parents and kids which enhance behavior. His work has the approval of his bishop, and is supported by many Catholic theologians, priests and lay experts.
Popcak has taken some flak in some Christian childrearing circles for being anti-spanking, but I support him. He has a better way. And if you think that YOU have a situation where you REALLY need to spank your kid, call Popcak up on his weekly radio program and ask him. I guarantee you he will have an effective AND loving answer. Call my bluff on this.
A recent study showed that children of religious parents behave better. I believe those who read and follow Greg Popcak's work here must be skewing that sample! Contrary to popular belief, not all religious parents use an authoritarian style of parenting to improve short-term behavior. In the case of this Catholic author, the love of Christ and our reflection of that love calls us as parents to demonstrate love radically through self-giving to our children. This doesn't mean permissive parenting, but radical love and being willing to inconvience ourselves to meet our children's needs, along with having the guts to set limits when we are "working for our children's good."
If there are Catholics, other Christians or seekers out there looking for gentle religion-based parenting that WILL improve behavior through love, I recommend Popcak's work.
This Author is Awesome Mar 26, 2007
I really love Gregory Popcak's way of explaining every facet of life in the light of Christ and the Church. He is very doctrinally sound and is the best Catholic author/counselor around today. This book is so thorough and helpful. I put off reading it for so long because, of course, I would rather read novels than have to improve myself as a person and a parent, but when I finally got around to reading it, I wished that I hadn't put it off. I've gotten to the point with my children where I just didn't know what to do anymore and I needed some serious encouragement, from someone I could trust, and let me tell you, if you are a Catholic, you can trust Gregory Popcak in every way. He is the author of many other books on other subjects ie: marriage and teaching sexuality to your kids, so check them out if there is any part of your life that you are struggling with and need some Catholic answers.