Hi MommyBKnowsBest readers! I am Alison, a wife and mother of a rambunctious 2 year old boy. When MommyB asked me to do a book review I was thrilled to choose from a wide selection and decided on, Modern Parents, Vintage Values: Instilling Character in Today’s Kids by Melissa Trevathan and Sissy Goff. Though my husband and I are raising our son in this “modern world” filled with technology, we are very conscious of instilling the values that we were raised with, so this book was intriguing to me.
I want to start off by saying this is a great book, but it is more for parents of older children. As the mother of a toddler, I can’t yet relate to some of the advice. That being said, if you are the parent of a tween, or a teen, this is a fabulous book.
The book is split up into 3 sections; Modern Parents, Vintage Values and Timeless Truths. The Modern Parents section gives fabulous advice on the best ways to deal with new problems that parents are faced with in the “modern world”.One great discussion in, Modern Parents, Vintage Values: Instilling Character in Today’s Kids surround the ins and outs of social networking, cell phones, texting, and technology in general. If you aren’t on Facebook, or don’t have experience with texting, you will find great advice in this section of the book.
My favorite part of the book was the section on Vintage Values. It not only describes the nature of these values, but also gives you tips on how to instill those, ever-important values in both younger children and teenagers. I don’t know about you, but as a first time parent, I love hearing ideas that I can actually put to work in my daily life with my son. The fact that it’s applicable to my life makes the lessons in this book that much more valuable.
On a side note, I also want to mention that this book has biblical references throughout. These references are are supportive and not obtrusive or in your face. The references can be another way to utilize this book to tie spirituality into your daily life.
Overall, I see this as a great book for parents of older children and teens. It is especially helpful to guide you through a very different time in our world. I think it will be especially valuable to those who feel strongly about creating and maintaining a connection to God within their families.
**This is a guest post written by Alison who normally writes for http://stretchmycheck.blogspot.com/ she’s taking a mini-break for the holidays but go check out her previous posts and give her some love!