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Overview Provides a guide for parents that recommends an alternative approach that encourages respect for the self and others, in a reference that explains how to foster such values in children as thankfulness and unselfishness.
Publishers Description Child expert Jill Rigby reveals the dangers of the self-esteem parenting philosophy and offers an alternative approach that teaches children to respect both themselves and others. After decades of experimenting with child-focused parenting, parents are beginning to realize that the result is often self-centered children who tend toward narcissism, selfishness, mediocrity, and dysfunction. Rigby espouses a new goal of parenting: gently bumping children off self-center and teaching them to be unselfish givers instead. "Raising Unselfish Children in a Self-Absorbed World" dares to revisit the values of compassion, forgiveness, thanksgiving, and unselfishness and insists that we can instill these values in our children. With her encouraging approach, Rigby helps parents realize it's never too late to change their children's point of view and equip them to interact with kindness and respect in a world outside themselves. Teaching concepts, such as developing a passion for compassion, learning to give by forgiving, and filling every day with thanksgiving, "Raising Unselfish Children in a Self-Absorbed World" offers a new paradigm for parenting -- one that educates the heart and teaches moms and dads how to parent with a new end in mind.
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Studio: Howard Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.02" Width: 6.54" Height: 0.78" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2008
Publisher Howard Publishing
ISBN 141655842X ISBN13 9781416558422
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More About Jill Rigby
Jill Rigby is an accomplished speaker, columnist, television personality, family advocate, and founder of Manners of the Heart Community Fund, a nonprofit organization bringing a return of civility and respect to our society. Whether equipping parents to raise responsible children, encouraging the education of the heart, or training executives in effective communication skills, Jill s definition of manners remains the same an attitude of the heart that is self-giving, not self-serving. She is the proud mother of twin sons who testify to her contagious passion.
Reviews - What do customers think about Raising Unselfish Children in a Self-Absorbed World?
Better the future May 30, 2009
Jill Rigby is a wonderful author. Great ideas for better parenting. And if we follow these ideas maybe the future of this country will change for the better. As parents we control alot of all angles in life. This book and all of Jill's other ones are worth reading.
Good idea but not very well met May 28, 2009
I bought this book because I like the idea very much, I think we live in a very self absorbed world and I would love to teach my kids to be unselfish, but I am not too much of a beliver and this book is based in Christian belives, it's not that I have something against them it's just that I was looking for something more practical that could fit into my everyday life. If you are a Christian this book is for you, it has some good ideas.It would be a great world if we all try to raise our children in an unselfish way.
Not as good as it could have been... May 4, 2009
Ms. Rigby presents some excellent advice to parents concerned about guiding children out of becoming the "Gimme" generation. I was not "wowed" by this book, perhaps because I have recently read several books in a similar vein and many contained the same information.
First, to raise Godly children, we must set a Godly example. She encourages us to take note of our own behavior when trying to discern a cause for our childrens'. Connection with our children is key - and she does offer some tried-and-true examples of ways to strengthen the family. I'm sure the title will do to attract a great deal of parents to the subject that otherwise would not have found a valuable resource. Unfortunately, I found much of her information regarding child development and capabilities contrary of our own study and personal experience. First, I would note that she had very stringent time frames; not the usual 3-5 years you would expect this, or between 10-13 you would see that. Throughout the book she continually made hard divides between age groups. I also believe that she has seriously underestimated and delayed the involvement of the "under-five" set. Basically relegating them to the status of completely unable to make decisions or help in any way.
Perhaps the issue is that her resume is one of "accomplished speaker, television & radio personality". As in, "I'm not a doctor, but I play one on TV". I wouldn't trash it, but there are definitely a wealth of books and websites more helpful to the family with a solid foundation in the Bible. Grab the book and take a look at the authors she cites - then read *those* books for real in-depth information.
This book opened my eyes... Jan 12, 2009
to what ways I needed to change my own life in order to help my children! After I read it, I make my husband read it! We have made a lot of changes in the short time that it has been since we finished this book and I can say we see the difference it has made! I cannot recommend this book enough.
Ms. Rigby Has Written Another Winner Jan 6, 2009
I enjoyed Ms. Rigby's previous book Raising Respectful Children in a Disrespectful World (Motherhood Club) so I had high hopes for this new one. I was not disappointed. While she does not break any new ground, it's a wonderful reinforcement of good parenting practices in a society that too often does not support moms & dads who want to raise their children with traditional Biblical values rather than worldly ones.
Readers should be aware that this book has a more explicitly Evangelical Protestant tone than the previous one does. The other book I found to be more generically Judeo-Christian while this one definitely has a "born-again" Christian slant to it. In a number of places in the book, Ms. Rigby recommends engaging in evangelism. While I personally do not have a big problem with this, I know many people consider these types of activities to be aggressive pushing of religion. Not saying that they're right and Ms. Rigby is wrong, but I wanted to make sure that potential readers for whom this is an issue know that it's in the book.
I highly recommend this book for Christian parents.