Childwise Principles

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I am currently in the middle of reading Childwise. I thought I would list the principles listed in the book. I will later take each principle and go into more depth on each topic with my added thoughts.

  • Great marriages make great parents (Put Your Marriage First)
  • Use the strength of your leadership early on and the strength of your relationship later. (Leadership and Authority: Childwise)
  • Parent now, be friends later. (Parent vs. Friend: Childwise) (Four Phases of Parenting (Childwise))
  • Instill morality into a child and his behavior will fall into place. (Moral Training: Love)
  • What you do not yourself desire, do not put forth before others. Do to others what you would have them do to you.
  • Other people count.
  • It is not enough to teach your children how to act morally; they must learn to think morally.
  • To teach a virtue, one example (you) is better than a thousand lectures.
  • Discipline is heart food for your child.
  • If learning didn’t take place, correction didn’t happen.
  • Allowing a child to progress into his new and expanding world in an orderly fashion greatly enhances learning and decreases the need for correction.
  • Constantly reminding a child to do what is expected only means you have no expectation.
  • Verbal affirmation is never redundant.
  • Wise parenting is better than power parenting.
  • An ounce of self-control is better than a pound of trouble.

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