The Joy And Task Of Parenting

I Want To Enjoy My Children, by Henry Brandt and Phil Landrum (Zondervan, 1975, 184 pp., $2.95 pb), You Can Have a Family Where Everybody Wins, by Earl Gaulke (Concordia, 1975, 93 pp., $1.95 pb), What Is a Family?, by Edith Schaeffer (Revell, 1975, 255 pp., $6.95), Confident Children and How They Grow, by Richard Strauss (Tyndale, 1975, 155 pp., $5.95), and Raising Children by Linda Raney Wright (Tyndale, 1975, 158 pp. $2.95 pb), are reviewed by Norman Stolpe, editorial director, Family Concern, Omaha, Nebraska.

Today, with so many articles on rearing children, so many ‘experts’ to advise parents, and so much talk among themselves, young mothers are almost developing an insecurity in regard to their own motherly instincts.” This observation by Ruth Peale, quoted in Raising Children, points out the confusion generated for many parents by the recent outpouring of child rearing literature. Of the five books considered here, no two are completely compatible. No wonder parents are confused.

Though the title I Want to Enjoy My Children sounds fresh and positive, and though much of the content is true and good, Brandt and Landrum offer little that is new. Raising Children is the collected results of interviews with the wives of twelve prominent Christian men. It communicates more warm feelings about motherhood than information about how to be an effective parent. While much of Richard Strauss’s Confident Children and How They Grow is a restatement of standard, conservative Christian perspectives on parenting, he does have some good insights into parental authority.

Edith Schaeffer’s What Is a Family? and Earl Gaulke’s You Can Have a Family Where Everybody Wins both challenge conventional thinking about ...

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