We’ve all heard the adage, “It takes a village to raise a child.”
Although there is some truth to that adage, author Robert P. Newberry challenges parents with, “it takes a parent to raise a child.”
In his book, Green Beans and Legacies, Newberry outlines his “Basics for Raising Successful Children” and makes it clear that there is no substitute for a parent in raising a child. His first Basic is: The responsibility of raising a child lies squarely on the parent’s shoulders. While getting assistance from relatives, the community and friends can certainly make parenting easier, such help is optional and limited in what it can do. The village or community cannot give your child that “special-ness” that only parents can give.
Mr. Newberry does more than challenge parents, however. He provides guidance and encouragement, showing parents how to build credibility with their children in order to influence and teach them about how to build a successful life. As one reviewer notes, “Your style of writing is so inviting and inspires the reader to want to become engaged. The anecdotes are wonderful and make the trials of parenting realistic.”
Mr. Newberry illustrates the importance of parents – not just parents, but parents who are present – in his book. The author includes eight “Basics” that can easily be used as a self-assessment by any reader in evaluating the effectiveness of how they are utilizing their parental authority.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a stay-at-home parent or one who works outside the home. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the natural parent or the adoptive parent. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a single parent or whether you’re parenting with your spouse. What does matter is that parenting takes consistent effort and a great deal of quality time. But, Newberry argues, it can be done very successfully and there is nothing that offers such great rewards!
Green Beans and Legacies is the first of three books in the Raising Successful Children Series. I highly recommend this terrific resource for parents. It is available on Kindle and in paperback here at this link.
For more information on the author and his books, check out his website at: http://www.robertpnewberry.com