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How to Really Love Your Child Paperback – March 25, 2004
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About the Author
Dr. Campbell's first book How To Really Love Your Child, published in 1977, has sold over 1 million copies and is in its 35th printing. Revised and update in 1992, it continues to be an internationally acclaimed best seller. His book How To Really Love Your Teenager received the Gold Medallion Award.
In addition to writing, Dr. Campbell has lectured throughout the United States and in numerous European countries. He is currently a seminar leader and board member of Ministering to Ministers, an organization dedicated to the support of ministers and their families.
Dr. Campbell and his wife, Pat, have four adult children and one grandchild. They reside on Signal Mountain, TN where he is a member of Signal Mountain Baptist Church.
Current Title: How To Really Love a Child
How To Really Love Your Teenager
Brand: Life Journey
Top customer reviews
Many children do not feel genuinely loved. They grow up feeling this way and can become bitter, resentful and antisocial. Their relationship with their parents can also determine how they feel about God later in life. It is therefore so essential that parents realize that they need to love their children unconditionally. Ross Campbell has really written one of the most valuable books I've ever read. As an adult you will wish your parents had read this book while raising you. Or perhaps you are one of the lucky ones who was loved unconditionally. Either way it is never to late to start relating to your children in a meaningful way.
Ross Campbell begins his book with the most important aspects of raising a child. We should not be surprised that a good relationship between parents is essential. He then explains the "prerequisites of good child rearing." The basics seem natural. Give children attention, hug them, give them eye contact and ask yourself: "What does this child need?" Too often parents assume the worst about a child's behavior when in fact they may be lonely, hungry, in need of medical assistance or just in need of a nap. Ross Campbell provides guidance in this area and explains how to react in various circumstances.
I found the section on teaching a child what to do with their anger very interesting. It has taken me 46 years to learn how to handle anger and I'm still learning. But in this book the author suggests that most will come to terms with their anger by age 17. This sounds very unrealistic to me. As a child gets older and gets married they will deal with all sorts of new situations in which they can get very angry. However the advice on listening to a child and letting them verbally express their anger seems good to me. Suppression can in fact cause worse problems later on.
One very important aspect of this book entails the difference between punishment and discipline. The author suggests that it is not a good idea to punish often and in fact believes that punishment is a very small part of discipline. He makes a good case, almost pleading with parents not to make punishment the primary way of communicating with their child. He also makes a case about how punishment that is too severe may cause a child not to feel guilt and therefore won't enable him/her to develop a good conscience which will keep a child in line later in life.
Overall I felt this book was essential and I hope more parents will read it again and again. The principles taught in this book will make your life more fulfilling and will create happy and well adjusted children.
~The Rebecca Review