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Today’s parents are all but completely disconnected from the commonsense parenting wisdom of their parents and grandparents. The self-esteem parenting revolution has erased the practical insights gathered by generations of parents about the best way to raise kids. In this book, John Rosemond seeks to recover this wisdom by resurrecting what parents of yesteryear tended to say. Maxims such as “because I said so,” “children should be seen not heard,” and “you’re acting too big for your britches” are more than cute sayings for John. They are parenting principles, springing from a biblical view of the world. John makes the case that these principles from the good old days are just as valid today and will help parents to pass on values to their kids so that they can succeed at life. Grandma was right after all!

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“Were you easier to discipline than your kids are? Why? What is it that your parents did that made their parenting experience so much less fraught with stress?” John Rosemond asks in his book, Grandma Was Right After All! This two hundred and forty page paperback targets parents trying to raise their children by using practical wisdom from the past. Using mainly the New King James Version of the Holy Bible, the NIV and ESV are mentioned. After an introduction, twenty-four chapters focus on child rearing, ending with a conclusion and the author’s biography. Having grown up in the 1950s, the writer sees a distinct difference between children raised before the 1960s compared to afterwards. The twenty-one-year-old in 1970 that accepted responsibility was projected to be twenty-eight years old in maturity in 2010. Times have changed, and Rosemond believes if parents returned to they way Grandma disciplined, our children would become well-behaved, respectful, humble, and mature. Using two dozen sayings from the pre-1960s, each is discussed and interpreted of how it has changed or been ignored when teaching our children right or wrong regarding motivation, respect, frugality, peer pressure, etc. Today parents tend to believe children deserve reasons and explanations when in the past the “because I said so” diffused the questioning. Boundaries were established, consequences were given, humility was taught, and perseverance was promoted. In society today, children are less apt to learn valuable lessons the hard way, entitlement is unacceptable, high self-esteem creates idols, and being grateful turns negatives into positives. Often blending his personal upbringing of being raised by single parent and later a step-father, along with a juvenile arrest, the author shows the many valid truths to child rearing techniques before the 60s. The chapters add short correlations to the Bible with written out verses, ending with questions to ponder on raising children. Without being overly preachy or dictatorial, the book establishes the contrasts between post-modern and current day psychological parenting. Although parents were not perfect back then and had different issues, it may be something to consider when raising children today. As a psychologist who directed several mental health programs for children, author Rosemond has written multiple best-selling parenting books. He and his wife of forty years have two children and a grandchild. Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s opinions.