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You've Got to Be Kidding!: Real-life parenting advice from a mom and dad of nineteen Paperback – June 22, 2004
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Yes, the Williamses really do have 19 kids. "You should see mouths fall open and pupils dilate when we drop that bombshell on unsuspecting new acquaintances," they write. Its actually worse than that: a few years ago, 16 of their kids were teenagers at the same time. Thank heavens they lived to tell the tale and share some of their wisdom in this short book. (When would they have found the time to write anything longer?) Pat Williams, senior v-p of the Orlando Magic basketball team, and his wife, Ruth, a consultant with the Franklin Covey company, talk about the blessings and burdens of their parenting experience. Theirs is the ultimate blended family: they have biological children from previous marriages, as well as more than a dozen kids adopted from several different cultures. The book has a strong Christian message woven into its sensible lessons on discipline, decision-making, and teaching children responsibility.
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“I’m a parent of six. At times it seemed impossible! But nineteen? Incredible! Yet through such an enormous responsibility comes life lessons for us all. Wow! I mean, oh my!”
–DICK ENBERG, sports broadcaster
“This is the most wonderful guide for raising happy, healthy, self-confident children ever written! It will transform you, your children, and your home.”
–BRIAN TRACY, motivational speaker and best-selling author
“You’ve Got to Be Kidding! is down to earth, full of biblical wisdom, and touches all the bases! Parents are in for a great read and will be greatly helped in raising their kids for God.”
–JIM CYMBALA, pastor, Brooklyn Tabernacle Church
“This is more than a book–let’s call it an incredible guide for living, whether you’re a parent or not. Thank you, Pat and Ruth, for setting this high standard for all of us.”
–CHRIS SCHENKEL, Hall of Fame sportscaster
“Pat and Ruth Williams are real and relevant as they share the delightful pleasures and the painful realities of raising nineteen children from various cultures within their own blended family. With the application of God’s Word and prayer, they have magnificently and responsibly accepted all the challenges. Their story will enrich your own efforts through the marathons of life.”
–CYNTHIA SWINDOLL, president and CEO, Insight for Living
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Top customer reviews
On spanking, "The truth is that without spanking, parents don't have much control over some children. And for children to learn respect for superiors, they have to know who's in charge." They go on to say that talking works with some children but spanking is the only thing that will work with others.
If a parent, a grown adult, can not think of any other effective method of discipline than hitting a child then they are lacking in imagination. I can testify that it is hardly necessary to hit to show that one is in charge. Hitting might show that one is larger and stronger but not that one is in charge. Rather seems that if one has to resort to physical violence to "show they are in charge" they have lost their leadership and ability to be an example of mature adult.
Our child is well behaved but he has had both parents in his life from day one and has plenty of individual attention and mentorship. We have had the time to work things out and help him work through his issues rather than punishing him for them.