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Parenting Books and the Advice They Give

Aug 17, 2007
Today, you will find books on every aspect existing under the sky. Some books are for information while others are for mere pleasure. No matter whether the book is a work of fiction or non-fiction, we always learn a lot from reading. Unfortunately, this excellent habit is dying slowly in favor of the TV, computers, iPods and what not.

The Pros and Cons of Parenting Books

There are many parenting books in the market; but why is it that people buy these parenting books? Do they feel $12.99 will solve all their tantrum issues? Do they want to know if they're the only ones getting up at 3AM? Let us see what are the merits and demerits of raising kids with the help of parenting books instead of natural parenting.

The Pros

1. One of the greatest plus points is the fact that when you have a book, you feel in control of the situation. The book becomes a physical assurance that the parent is correct and this, to a person who is new at parenting, or usually dominated by others, is a wonderful tool.

2. It does provide alternatives to handle a particular problem. A parenting book is a wonderful encyclopedia on 'how to' and sometimes reading such a book opens your mind to other perspectives and viewpoints.

3. Reading a parenting book shows that you care and want to do better for your children, which by itself is a most wonderfully warm gesture. It also shows that that you are open to other possibilities of handling a situation.

The Cons

1. It makes you too dependent. Once you have a source where you can look up anything (and learn how to supposedly do it the 'correct way'), one tends to become too dependent on it. In such a scenario, very soon one would not be able to function in normal day-to-day matters, without the blessed parenting book.

2. It makes one feel like he/she knows everything and hence, he/she become intolerable to others with 'Do it this way - I read it is correct' or 'This is not right; you should do it this way' and so on. It will also kill the spontaneity with which parents deal with their children.

3. You may make big mistakes with your approach and/or action just because it is printed in a book. There are many books out there, which do not know what they are talking about. People who read the 'how to' books tend to follow the instructions blindly may end up harming instead of helping the interests of their children.
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