Raising Unselfish Children in a Self-Absorbed World

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 1, 2008 - Family & Relationships - 288 pages
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Child expert Jill Rigby reveals the dangers of the self-esteem parenting philosophy and offers an alternative approach that teaches children to respect both themselves and others.

After decades of experimenting with child-focused parenting, parents are beginning to realize that the result is often self-centered children who tend toward narcissism, selfishness, mediocrity, and dysfunction. Rigby espouses a new goal of parenting: gently bumping children off self-center and teaching them to be unselfish givers instead. Raising Unselfish Children in a Self-Absorbed World dares to revisit the values of compassion, forgiveness, thanksgiving, and unselfishness and insists that we can instill these values in our children.

With her encouraging approach, Rigby helps parents realize it's never too late to change their children's point of view and equip them to interact with kindness and respect in a world outside themselves. Teaching concepts, such as developing a passion for compassion, learning to give by forgiving, and filling every day with thanksgiving, Raising Unselfish Children in a Self-Absorbed World offers a new paradigm for parenting -- one that educates the heart and teaches moms and dads how to parent with a new end in mind.
  

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Review: Raising Unselfish Children in a Self-Absorbed World

User Review  - Courtney - Goodreads

I really liked this book and the practical suggestions it offered! The author writes from a Christian perspective (doctrine presented was minimal) and encourages building Godly character traits. I ... Read full review

Review: Raising Unselfish Children in a Self-Absorbed World

User Review  - Jenny - Goodreads

Not impressed. Save your time and read The Parenting Break-Through by Merilee Boyack. It talks about the same parenting ideas, but it's more practical, more specific, and less alienating to those who don't share her exact same religious beliefs. Read full review

Contents

The Mirror or the Window?
3
Enough Is Never Enough
15
Twenty Years of Wisdom
30
Take Charge of Your Child
53
Meet All Their Needs Not All Their Wants
71
Nurture GodConfidence
91
Develop a passion for Compassion
111
Build Family togetherness
135
educate the heart in Generosity
183
Twenty Years of Prayer
198
Making a Difference in the World
219
Twenty Years of Scripture
234
Movies with a purpose
243
state Family policy Councils
253
Mall Management Companies
259
Copyright

educate the heart in Forgiveness
159

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About the author (2008)

Jill Rigby is an accomplished speaker, columnist, television personality, family advocate, and founder of Manners of the Heart Community Fund, a nonprofit organization bringing a return of civility and respect to our society. Whether equipping parents to raise responsible children, encouraging the education of the heart, or training executives in effective communication skills, Jill’s definition of manners remains the same—an attitude of the heart that is self-giving, not self-serving. She is the proud mother of twin sons who testify to her contagious passion.

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