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10 Conversations You Need to Have with Your Children Hardcover – April 4, 2006
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About the Author
Shmuley Boteach is host of the daily national radio program The Rabbi Shmuley Show on Oprah & Friends and Sirius XM Satellite Radio and host of the award-winning national television show Shalom in the Home on TLC. He is also the international bestselling author of twenty books, including the New York Times bestselling Kosher Sex and Ten Conversations You Need to Have with Your Children. In 2007, Boteach was labeled "a cultural phenomenon" and "the most famous rabbi in America" by Newsweek, and was also named one of the ten most influential rabbis in America. He has been profiled in many of the world's leading publications, including Time, Newsweek, the New York Times, London Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and Washington Post. Shmuley and his wife, Debbie, have nine children.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book is about the conversations you need to have with your children, but parents should heed the wisdom from these pages. For parents to be role models for the younger generation, they can only influence their children's behavior through their own actions. This book outlines the steps to take, using real life examples. Although at first glance it seems easy, it may take 2-3 reads to fully digest the entire book.
I praise Shmuley for another great book. Thank you.
I would have given it 5 stars if there had been nothing religious contained in it. Every person interested in raising confident well adjusted children, grandchildren should enjoy this book. Its an easy read and a subject close to everyones heart.
Boteach stresses the importance of interaction with your children. He says that everything that happens in life provides an opportunity for conversation, and you shouldn't overlook those opportunities; rather, you should train yourselves to see them.
All parents can learn from Boteach's book that making the investment in children by conversing with them and teaching them their uniqueness will reap rewards. Work on motivating your children to hear their inner voices, and it will inspire them to become better people. Boteach says, "Success is never immediate, and sometimes it's nowhere in evidence, but talking to your kids really works."
Boteach's book also has four great lessons for improving communication skills with everyone you live with or work with. These are Boteach's four lessons:
1. You can control your emotions by controlling your actions. When you force yourself to behave in a certain way, even if you don't feel it, the action creates the emotion.
2. The foundation of every relationship and interaction you have is the "desire to know". Much of Boteach's advice is based on the premise that you have to find ways to be stimulated every day, and your relationships and interactions are a source of stimulation.
3. The world will be a kinder, gentler place if we each honor and exhibit what Boteach identifies as the "feminine qualities" we all have within ourselves, such as peacefulness, tenderness, nurturing, and relationship-building.
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Shmuley uses situations from his own life raising eight children as well as stories from the people he meets to illustrate the importance of a parent's role in their child's life. He has inspired me to be a better role model for my children, and also inspired me not to be afraid to discuss some of these critical topics with my children. This book has had a HUGE impact on how I look at my role as a parent: not simply as making my kids do what I want, but inspiring them to be the best individuals they can be. To discuss these deeply important topics, like what kind of person they want to be, the importance of dignity and forgiveness, being happy, how to ignite their passion for knowledge... these are critical things we simply are NOT teaching our children, which I believe is the reason why so many children have such a hard time dealing with the challenges of life today.
This book has also helped me see that I can integrate these concepts into my own life to be an inspiration for my children. Many people tend to focus on Shmuley's Jewish beliefs, which he clearly articulates in this book. Come on! He's a Rabbi! Would you expect him NOT to write about them?? I am not Jewish nor Christian. I choose not to label or identify myself with any organized religion. Shmuley writes in the last chapter about the importance of teaching children about God. He gives very compelling reasons why this is important. He also gives examples of how America was founded "Under God," which is true.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoy reading the book. It does touch on religion and God but not in a demagogic way. It is full of good parenting advice and common sense approaches to raising your kids. Read morePublished 14 months ago by sferka
Great reference all around -- not only for conversations with children, but adults as well.Published 16 months ago by Angela Geli
Some good points are made in this book, but several of them I would argue with as they seem discriminatory from a male perspective. Still, there are parts considered useful. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Michelle J. Brewer
I did not purchase this book for myself. However, who I gave it too found t interesting and think she might be able to use some of the confersationsPublished 21 months ago by c.becker
Was a gift for a single dad of two small children, and I understand that he enjoys it and is utilizing it as they grow. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Alice Mason
I don't buy into absolutely everything Shmuley advocates but you have to read this book if you are a parent.Published on February 9, 2014 by Elroy Bosch
Rabbi Shmuley inspires our family! I recommend all his books... to everyone with children, even if you are still expecting!Published on January 31, 2014 by Nakiah Burnes
"What to Expect When Expecting" before the birth. 10 Conversations for everything after that! Every household needs to have one.Published on November 30, 2013 by Bethany Emerson
Makes you think about what you are teaching your children. What lessons are truly important, and how much we are in control of who are child becomes by our own actions.Published on February 10, 2013 by Kindle Customer