- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Crossway Books; 1 edition (30 September 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1433551934
- ISBN-13: 978-1433551932
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 431 g
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Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family Hardcover – 30 Sep 2016
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Paul David Tripp (DMin, Westminster Theological Seminary) is a pastor, author, and international conference speaker. He is also the president of Paul Tripp Ministries. He has written a number of popular books on Christian living, including What Did You Expect?; Suffering; Parenting; and New Morning Mercies. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Luella, and they have four grown children. For more information and resources, visit paultrippministries.org.
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When he says that today, many parents are choosing to work rather than take care of their children, I don’t think he is talking about the ones that HAVE to work. There are many couples who need two incomes, and that’s totally ok. The Bible never says “one parent must stay home with the child.” What I believe he is referring to is the new cultural norm of women needing careers to feel validated and have a “real job.” I’m not saying that women can’t work. What I’m saying is that being a stay at home parent is a REAL job. A 24/7 never ending job. What I truly believe the author is saying is that parents should, if possible, raise their own children. Sometimes, it’s not. However, sometimes parents are on the hunt for having a big house, a successful career, all these material things instead of focusing on parenting. When in reality, they could scale back - live in a smaller home, drive an older car, etc. - and afford to have one parent stay home or maybe just work part time to raise their child.
My goal in this post is not to make working moms feel bad. I can see how what the author wrote could be offensive - but I truly don’t think he meant it in that way. I do think it could be a wake up call to some who are working not for God’s glory but for excessive money, success, etc. But so far I do love this book. It has helped me to refocus my parenting on Him and especially His grace. Would definitely recommend.
"Thousands and thousands of children are handed over every day to people they don't know because success in work and career has become too important for their parents. Since neither parent is willing to step away from their work outside the home for fear of its long-term implications on their career and finances, no one is left to take care of the children, so someone else must be hired to do it. I know this is controversial, and I would never judge a couple who have their children in day care without knowing the details of why they made that decision, but I am troubled that we are not talking about this more. I am saddened by the numbers of children not with their parents for the bulk of the day during their formative years. I am saddened by the growing cultural comfortability with 'latchkey' children. I am concerned about how many exhausted parents pick up their children at the end of their day and are just not able to have the kind of patience and grace that they need for the rest of the evening with their children..."
The author states he is not judging these families - and yet, he is. He further states that he would never "judge a couple who have their children in day care without knowing the details...". Maybe he just shouldn't judge at all. Period. As Christians we are called to love and not to judge. I was so disappointed with this and I really tried hard to understand it. I even kept reading because I REALLY wanted to read and love this book. Despite my best efforts, I couldn't finish the chapter knowing that the author was writing from this perspective. Mr. Tripp, my child is one of those thousands of children who is dropped off every morning because God has called me to work outside the home. Many of the parents of those thousands of children will tell you that dropping off our children is the hardest, most stressful thing we have to do. I am so sorry that you feel we made this decision based on something as simple as career goals or finances, it was much more complex than that. It was not entered into lightly or without prayer and discernment. This book has such good potential, I wish it hadn't been ruined for me in the first chapter.