Some families are blessed with child after child who makes them proud.
Others seem to face challenges with their children at every turn.
What separates those who struggle from those who succeed?
Rabbi Dr. Barry Kislowicz believes that a large part of the answer lies in the perspective we bring to parenting. In Parenting in Perspective, Rabbi Kislowicz draws on psychological research and Torah ideals to provide an insightful framework for truly putting our kids at the center. Exploring how parents can inspire and guide their children in areas ranging from morals and mitzvot to the nuanced interactions of day-to-day life, this book aims to help parents develop a deeper understanding of their children while strengthening the parent-child relationship. This thoughtful approach is then brought to bear on the most challenging areas of parenthood, such as effective discipline and managing the teenage years.
In this powerfully insightful primer on parenting, Kislowicz underscores, through abundant research and illustrative stories, the key role of perspective in raising healthy, responsible, and committed Jewish children. Drawing from a deep knowledge of Torah and psychology, Kislowicz, a rabbi and educator, presents relevant psychological theories in an articulate and comprehensive manner to demonstrate his fundamental belief: "More than just the amount of time and attention we devote to our children, putting kids at the center means challenging ourselves to see things from their perspective rather than our own." To help transition his theories into practice, Kislowicz follows two fictional families as they struggle with a slew of parenting challenges and follow and deviate from the strategies he recommends. Among the chapters are "Morals and Mitzvot"; "Learning Your Child"; "Practice, Practice, Practice"; and "Teenagers." Kislowicz seamlessly moves from topic to topic and effectively incorporates the science behind the logic in a remarkably understandable and thought-provoking way. His advice is tailored to orthodox Jewish parents and an observant lifestyle, but his advice is so grounded and sensible that any parent would benefit from his informed guidance.