Child Training Books and Reviews

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LadyFlynt

Puritan Board Doctor
Instead of just making blatant promotions, I thought to make a list of child training/teaching books and to post the pros and cons of each. I will keep the list in this first post. Others may make suggestions, comments on various books, etc in the replies. I will add the information in the replies to this original post as appropriate.

I am posting the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly for the sake of arguement for when those books may be found on recommendation lists, etc. Homeschoolers are many times targeted by certain books that at first are found appealing, but later found to be unsound or swaying toward a particular doctrinal system Basically, some of these books are created and offered as "raising godly families" when they are in fact a foot in the door for pushing other doctrinal ideas.

To Train Up A Child by Michael and Debi Pearl
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Cons - setting a child up for failure or being the intentional cause of sin or an accident perceived as sin, placing children in potentionally dangerous scenarios, denial of original sin or scriptural understanding of a sin nature,

Sheparding A Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp
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Studies in Building Character by Ella Easton Kellogg -
Background - unmarried housemother for an orphanage from over a century ago
Pros - focus on character and nuturing
Cons - rejection of corporal punishment (some will see this as a pro and others as a con...in the author's situation however, there is reasonable explaination for this)

Gaining Favour With God and Man by William Thayer -
Background - 1876 classic
Pros - geared much toward character and practical application, can be used directly and for discussion with children of a variety of ages...from 8-80
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Bringing Up Boys by James Dobson -
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Growing Kids God's Way (or the baby/child wise series) by Gary Ezzo -
Background - author is under discipline of his church, has had to change the title of his series several times
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Cons - training by setting up the child, fear training with little focus on true character or the heart, used to require meetings for examination of this book (seminar), creates anger, emotionally detached parenting, their books on infants have inaccurate and sometimes dangerous teachings

Dare to Discipline by James Dobson -
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The Strong-Willed Child by James Dobson -
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Parents and Children by Charlotte Mason -
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Formation of Character by Charlotte Mason -
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Parenting by Proxy (Stupid Things Parents Do to Mess Up their Kids) by Laura Schlessinger -
Background - author is a Conservative Jew
Pros - focuses on scripture (OT and on Christ when dealing with Christians on her show), uses common sense, promotes hands on parenting
Cons - psychobable sometimes enters in though not in the proportions that James Dobson uses.

The Mother's Book by Mrs L. Child -
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Beautiful Girlhood by Karen Andreola -
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How to Rear Children by Jack Hyles -
Background - IFB Guru (many IFB reject him)
Pros - conservative
Cons - crazy suggestions (don't feed your children spicy or flavourful foods as it will cause them to be led by their tastes instead of what is good for them/feed them bland foods)

Romancing Your Child's Heart by Monte Swan -
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"Ye Fathers" by Burkholder -
Background - Anabaptist fathering book
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Raising a Thinking Child by Myrna Shure -
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Grace Based Parenting by -
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Bound For Glory (the chapter on Covenant Children) by RC Sproul, Jr. -
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The Duties of Parents by Jacobus Koelman
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A Family Well-Ordered by Cotton Mather
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Christian Living in the Home by Jay Adams
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The Christian Father at Home: A Manual of Parental Instruction by W.C. Brownlee
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Disciplines of a Godly Family by R. Kent Hughes
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The Duties of Parents by J.C. Ryle
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Letters to Young Men by William Sprague
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Letters on Practical Subjects to a Daughter by William Sprague
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The Christian Father's Present to His Children by John Angell James
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A Help to Domestic Happiness by John Angell James
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Hints for Parents by Gardiner Spring
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Come Ye Children: A Book for Parents and Teachers on the Christian Training of Children by C.H. Spurgeon
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Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens by Paul David Tripp
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The Family by Benjamin M. Palmer
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Of Domestical Duties by William Gouge
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The Family at Home: Familiar Illustrations of Domestic Duties by Gorham D. Abbott
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The Mother at Home by John C. S. Abbott
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Anchor Man: How A Father Can Anchor His Family in Christ by Steve Farrar
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The Patriarch's Calling by Larry Arnold
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Training and Nurturing Children by Ralph Bouma
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Dealing With Sin in Our Children by Arthur Hildersham
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Hints on Child Training by H. Clay Trumbull
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Successful Fathers: The Subtle but Powerful Ways Fathers Mold Their Children's Character by James B. Stenson
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What the Bible Says About Parenting: Biblical Principles for Raising Godly Children by John MacArthur
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Withhold Not Correction by Bruce Ray
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Good and Angry: Exchanging Frustration for Character, in You and Your Kids by Scott Turansky, Joanne Miller
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Relevant sections of A Christian Directory by Richard Baxter
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VirginiaHuguenot

Puritanboard Librarian
Good idea, Colleen!

Perhaps a few others could be added to the list?

The Duties of Parents by Jacobus Koelman

A Family Well-Ordered by Cotton Mather

Christian Living in the Home by Jay Adams

The Christian Father at Home: A Manual of Parental Instruction by W.C. Brownlee

Disciplines of a Godly Family by R. Kent Hughes

The Duties of Parents by J.C. Ryle

Letters to Young Men by William Sprague

Letters on Practical Subjects to a Daughter by William Sprague

The Christian Father's Present to His Children by John Angell James

A Help to Domestic Happiness by John Angell James

Hints for Parents by Gardiner Spring

Come Ye Children: A Book for Parents and Teachers on the Christian Training of Children by C.H. Spurgeon

Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens by Paul David Tripp

The Family by Benjamin M. Palmer

Of Domestical Duties by William Gouge

The Family at Home: Familiar Illustrations of Domestic Duties by Gorham D. Abbott

The Mother at Home by John C. S. Abbott

Training and Nurturing Children by Ralph Bouma

Anchor Man: How A Father Can Anchor His Family in Christ by Steve Farrar

The Patriarch's Calling by Larry Arnold

Dealing With Sin in Our Children by Arthur Hildersham

Hints on Child Training by H. Clay Trumbull

Successful Fathers: The Subtle but Powerful Ways Fathers Mold Their Children's Character by James B. Stenson

What the Bible Says About Parenting: Biblical Principles for Raising Godly Children by John MacArthur

Good and Angry: Exchanging Frustration for Character, in You and Your Kids by Scott Turansky, Joanne Miller

Relevant sections of A Christian Directory by Richard Baxter
 
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LadyFlynt

Puritan Board Doctor
You're such a "one upper", Andrew :lol:

(next chance we have to come down, we are visiting you and Jessica...mind if we bring friends?)
 

py3ak

Unshaven and anonymous
Staff member
I have read Bringing Up Boys --a long story. It has a lot of interesting anecdotes. That's the best part of the book. It warns you to be careful in how you speak: that's a pro.
I don't remember anything beyond that.
Can anyone say, "Bland, unhelpful"?
 

QueenEsther

Puritan Board Sophomore
ahh, there are so many! Feed back will be helpful :) so I don't have to read them all ;) Great idea Colleen.
 

VirginiaHuguenot

Puritanboard Librarian
Also, The Godly Family: Essays on the Duties of Parents and Children by George Whitefield, Henry Venn, Philip Doddridge, et al.
 

VirginiaHuguenot

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