Living & Parenting
A Down-to-Earth Guide
By Rabbi Yakov Horowitz
ArtScroll Series - Mesorah Publications, New York: 2008
ISBN 10: 1-4226-0642-2
ISBN 13: 978-1-4226-0642-1
Reviewed by Anna Dogole - June 17, 2008
Parenting is a labor love, one filled with the highest possible of joys, but also a labor that can be met with frustration, and heartbreak when difficulties arise - especially when your children enter their teenage years. In Living & Parenting: A Down-to-Earth Guide, Rabbi Yakov Horowitz provides sage advice that can help you prevent difficulties from arising, as well as practical advice on how to deal with your child when problems do arise.
As well a being a respected educator, Rabbi Horowitz is an acclaimed Youth Counselor and he is the director of Agudath Israel's Project Y.E.S. He is also the founder and Principal of Yeshivah Darchei Noam of Monsey, and he is a prolific writer who has contributed to numerous periodicals. Combined his years of experience dealing with children - and their parents, along with his academic credentials, have provided an excellent foundation upon which Rabbi Horowitz drew for inspiration while writing this book. In addition many of the questions that are answered in this book were drawn from questions written in by the many readers of his articles and newspaper columns.
Filled with real life examples, compassionate advice, and Torah wisdom, this book will prove a boon to anyone dealing with teenagers. Rabbi Horowitz provides solid advice on how to keep the lines of communication open with your children, and how to delicately guide your children onto the right course for them, and most important, on how to help your children reach their highest potential. As well as helping parents avoid the pitfalls of parenting, Rabbi Horowitz also highlights the joys and rewards that come from this most blessed of jobs.
Parenting and education are two interconnected aspects of child rearing, and perhaps the most complicate. In Living & Parenting, Rabbi Horowitz tackles not only the problems that can arise while raising children, but more important, offers tips on steps you can take now to help prevent problems arising in the future. Tips that apply equally to younger children as well as to teenagers. Best of all, incorporating Rabbi Horowitz's advice into your day-to-day routine will not only make you a better parent, but these steps will help to reduce the overall stress and conflict that can arise in any household, thereby increasing the overall peace and happiness of everyone in the family!
Reading this book was akin to having a long, friendly conversation with a sage elder who had been there, done that, and who was willing to freely share all his hard earned advice and wisdom. I found this book to be very encouraging. It shows you how to take steps to prevent common parenting problems. Most encouraging of all, it Rabbi Horowitz illustrates that even if you have a troubled teen and you think that all is lost, there are still steps that you can take to help repair your relationship with your child and help to get him or her back on the right path.
Living & Parenting is essential reading for all parents, parents-to-be, educators, and for anyone else who deals with children on a regular basis.
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