Book Review: Discipline that Connects with a Child’s Heart
I found Discipline that Connects with a Child’s Heart (Jackson, Jim and Lynne, Bethany House Publishers, 2016) to be a powerful read. The Jacksons are parents, they know what the rest of us are going through and are willing to share their own parenting struggles, success and failures with the rest of us. I have so much respect for authors and especially for professional Psychologists who give so much of themselves in a book. Too often I find self-help books written by people who apparently never needed any help themselves. It’s a lot easier to trust folks like the Jacksons.
Beyond their own family, this couple has worked with many other parents facing similar as well as vastly different problems. Yet they have boiled down the key to all disciplinary problems to love. The resounding message of this book is to love your kids.
Now it’s not hard to love kids, especially your own. Somehow those little rats wriggle their way deep into your soul and I find myself struggling not to laugh at some antics that require a stern look. And very often I just have to squeeze them. Yet in the heat of anger – and disobedience produces very real anger – maybe my love for them isn’t quite so obvious.
Certainly the 288 pages of Discipline that Connects with a Child’s Heart are a little more detailed than that and the examples the Jacksons draw from their experience helping families will apply to almost any situation you are facing with your own children.
I’m sure this will be a book that I will refer to again and again.
Bethany House, the publisher of Discipline that Connects with a Child’s Heart supplied a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and impartial review.