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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture

I’ve been reading Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture by Mary E. DeMuth as part of her blog tour. Since some of you are parents of school age children, I thought it was worth reviewing here. Mary offers lots of practical parenting hints, illustrated with stories of her family. I especially like the many short subchapters within each chapter. Makes for an easy book to pick up and read a page or two in the midst of a busy schedule.

Mary talks about the different culture that children today are being raised in. Postmodernism has in some ways become the bogeyman, the cultural expression no one knows how to deal with. While it’s true that as parents we always need to be aware of the culture our children are living in, I’m not convinced that postmodernism is a lot different than modernism. I raised my son in the 80s and 90s, and implemented almost every tip Mary gives. I guess good parenting is good parenting, whatever the cultural expression.

That being said, Mary gives us a lot of good reminders about communicating with our kids and giving them the opportunity to reason and work through their own decisions. If you have children, you’ll want to take a look at this book. You can get an autographed copy directly from Mary at RelevantBlog. If you'd like to read an excerpt from the book, click here.

As I was reading the book, I realized that many of her tips are also useful for parenting our parents. If we can remember to be authentic with them, to ask questions, and not be as dogmatic as we might be tempted to be, we’ll find that we get along better with our parents. Especially those who are becoming “young” in their mental and behavioral abilities….

There are several other bloggers participating in the Authentic Parenting Tour this week. To see what they have to say, visit any of these sites.

A Latte and Some Words
Chat ‘n’ Chew Cafe
Experiencing the Journey
Fabric, Paper, Thread
Fictional Journey
Haruah - Breath of Heaven
I Wish You Enough
Leanna Ellis
Margaret Daley
Partners in Prayer for our Prodigals
Raindancer’s Map of Memories
Robyn’s Ramblings
See Ya On the Net
Sormag Online Tours
The Authentic You
The Spiritual Mom
Why Didn’t You Warn Me?
Write from my Heart

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1 comment(s):

Pat, Thanks so much for being a part of the Authentic Parenting tour. I really appreciate it!

Mary E. DeMuth

By Blogger relevantgirl, at 4:05 PM  

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