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Now I see why my local library won't carry this
on June 25, 2015
Yes I understand that this book is probably geared toward a very particular, narrow market. However it was advertised on amazon and as a parent I'm always trying to learn more--and share my perspectives with other parents. First, the good stuff. I did pick up a few things that were helpful--the parts about financial education struck me as spot-on in a world where so many young people get into crushing debt for lack of knowledge. I also agree on the importance of chores, discipline and family togetherness.
However, she completely lost me on pg. 157: "Our kids face the evils of the world head-on [...] sexuality, materialism, homosexuality, deviancy, violence, and the list could go on and on." Wow--HOMOSEXUALITY is grouped in there with materialism and violence?? I checked the publication date of the book and was shocked to learn that is was 2005. Merrilee's book is opinion-based, I'll grant her that--but her views are completely incompatible with modern parenting in the modern world. In this day and age, we no longer have the luxury of raising our children as sheltered--let's be honest here--bigots. My family lives in a diverse metropolitan city--and that diversity comprises culture, economy, religion and sexuality. "Satan" is not having a "field day" because my kid's camp counselor is gay. But my child is, because she has been taught the value of diversity and respect.
In the end, I'll admit that Merrilee gives some of the best advice I've heard--if something doesn't fit the family's values it goes straight in the trash. Well, the recycling bin is where this shoddy bit of condintioning-by-prejudice disguised as parenting advice is heading.