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By Conny Withay
Published on August 1, 2013

Author: Jill Rigby
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 978-1-4767-1878-1

Author: Jill Rigby
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 978-1-4767-1878-1

In other words, the respectful child produces good deeds from a good heart, and a disrespectful child produces bad deeds from a corrupt heart. Whatever is in your child’s heart determines what your child will say and do,” Jill Rigby states in her released book, Raising Respectful Children in a Disrespectful World.

This three hundred and five page paperback book is targeted mainly toward parents or guardians raising children, in hopes to produce respect. After acknowledgements, foreword, preface and introduction, there are twelve chapters dedicated to the topic, followed by a final word from the author, a forty page small group study guide and three appendixes about single parenting, family protection, after a problem arises and lists of reading materials. Although there are notes per chapter, there is no topical index for quick referencing.

Rigby believes that back in the nineteen-sixties, everyone was taught and encouraged to have self-esteem, a new name for an old sin of “me” centeredness. However, having self-respect is different as it concentrates on others while addressing manners and morals.

After discussing two types of parents (parent-centered and child-centered), we should be character-centered as we prioritize God first, followed by spouse, children, others and finally our self. This can be achieved by Rigby’s “School of Respect” that breaks down goals and training into four age group stages, offering two questions under each stage to consider.

If a parent can stress purpose, not performance, coach instead of cheerlead, set boundaries without building walls, and use discipline, not punishment at each of the four life stages, the child will learn self-respect.

The book includes several chapters on the disrespectful messages currently in magazines, books, music, movies, television, video games, internet and social media and suggests promoting imagination, getting unplugged from electronics, offering opportunities to play, being a kid yourself and reading proper educational material.

If the child learns gratefulness, not greediness, at a young age, he or she will blossom into an adult who cares and is respectful of others. With referring to the Bible often, the writer shows how a parent can nurture and protect one they love so deeply.

For any parent deeply concerned about future generations and how they interact with others, with so many disrespecting both adults and peers, Rigby explains helpful, quick, easy and true tips to prompt positive reinforcement to our children.

This book was furnished by Simon and Schuster for review purposes.

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