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Well I finally finished one of the (many) books that I began reading several months ago.  When I opened this book, I was set to like it.  Having grown up hearing about Dr. Dobson and even reading some of his other materials, I figured this book would be great.  Here are my thoughts on this updated book:

One of the topics that Dr. Dobson discusses is the controversial topic of spanking, which he wholeheartedly supports.   He explaned the need for spanking (disrespect and outright rebellion), and he made it VERY clear that spanking is NOT child abuse.  He explained the appropriate times and places to spank, being wise in how you go about it.  I agreed with Dobson’s view and plan on using this tool in the future for my kids.

Dr. Dobson also set up a clear explanation of procedures (and departure from them) and rules (and disobeying/disrespect).  For instance, a procedure might be that your kid put their clothes in the basket when he takes them off at night.  If he doesn’t, you remind him that he is supposed to do it.  This is a procedure.  If, however, after you’ve asked him to do this, he ignores what you say (or mouths back, etc), this is disrespect and disobedience.  The latter should be punished with, say, spanking, but the former should not be punished-a simple reminder will do.  He also adds rewards to the procedures, which helps kids follow them.  (You get $1 if you keep your room clean, etc.) This idea of rules vs. procedures is actually something I’ve used in my classroom and it works very well.

This pretty much concluded the first half of the book, and at this point, it went downhill.

Dr. Dobson then began to write about other topics other than discipline: achievement, learning disabilities, drugs, and purity, among others.  While he had some relevant and interesting things to say about these topics, I felt they weren’t appropriate for this book.  It disappointed me that he strayed off topic so much!  I understand that these issues could play into how you discipline, but I felt his book would have been more effective had he stayed to the point.  Had he offered more techniques and examples of appropriate parent/child discipline, I would have thought it a great read and worth my time.  As it was, I finished the book disappointed.  Overall, I’d only recommend someone to read the first half.

Here’s a fun, nonsensical poem that I’ve always enjoyed.  It’s a great one for teaching kids about elements of poetry.

Jabberwocky

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought —
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

“And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!’
He chortled in his joy.

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

One of the series that I’ve enjoyed reading recently is the Percy Jackson series.  The Lightening Thief is the first book of the series, which was recently made into a movie.

Just as Percy Jackson is finding out about his strange powers, he is whisked away to Camp Half-Blood, where he begins his training along with other demigods.   In this series, Percy undertakes quests to battle evil in the form of ruling gods, traitors, family, friends, monsters, and titans.

This series is an entertaining, well-written fantasy series written for tweens, though any age or gender will enjoy reading the mythical series.  If you decide to watch the movie, read the book first, lest you miss out on a good story line and excellent details that the film fails to portray.

You can purchase the series here.