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Why did you have a child?
on June 26, 1999
If you expected a constant flow of affection and appreciation, we are talking about a pet! Even dogs get taught and trained to behave appropriately, so that their company is pleasant. Children are far more precious and in greater need of committed parental devotion, discipline=training in order to become the responsible, kind, loving and productive adults we hope for someday. It doesn't just happen. I picked this book when my oldest was only two, after realizing this parenting thing involved far more than changing diapers and round-the-clock feeding. Having seen the devastating results of no training, neglect and abuse in our own families, I vowed not repeat the same mistakes. I DARED to be a different parent, one that is dead serious about the task. Today our children are 27, 23 and 19. Each one is successful, not only in academics, talents and marketable skills, but also in the excellence of their character. Loving and considerate, they are highly regarded by their employers, spouses and families. I'm thankful for the principles outlined in Dare To Discipline. You don't have to agree with all that suggested in a GOOD book-you need to be wise and choose as your own all that is useful! And then try it out yourself.