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Raising Kids Who Will Make a Difference: Helping Your Family Live With Integrity, Value Simplicity, and Care for Others [Paperback]

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Pages   296
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 6.9" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   1.1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2003
Publisher   Loyola Press
ISBN  0829417923  
EAN  9780829417920  

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There are no guarantees in parenting. As a mother, counselor, and family-life educator, author Susan Vogt intimately knows how parents struggle to help their children develop strong values. In this unique and thoughtful guide to raising socially conscious children, Vogt sets out to inspire, equip, and comfort parents in the awesome task of raising kids who will make positive contributions to the world. Using a delightful blend of honesty and humor, Vogt offers successful parenting strategies and straightforward discussions on important issues like sexuality, substance abuse, materialism, racism, global awareness, and death. Personal anecdotes, stories from other parents, and perspective from Vogt's children enhance the practical information. Each chapter concludes with reflection activities to stimulate discussion for the whole family.

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Raising kids to be socially conscious and embrace strong values can be difficult in today's world. In "Raising Kids Who Will Make a Difference," mother, counselor, and family-life educator Susan Vogt sets out to inspire, equip, and comfort parents in the awesome task of raising Catholic kids who will make positive contributions to our world. Using a delightful blend of honesty and humor, Vogt offers successful parenting strategies and straightforward discussions on important issues such as sexuality, substance abuse, materialism, racism, global awareness, and death.

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More About Susan V. Vogt

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Susan V. Vogt is the director of the Family Ministry Office of the Diocese of Covington, Kentucky. She presents workshops around the world in connection with the Parenting for Peace and Justice Network. She is the author of Just Family Nights and a coauthor of Kids Creating Circles of Peace. She and her husband, Jim, are the parents of four children.

Susan V. Vogt currently resides in the state of Kentucky.

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Raising Kids Who Will Make a Difference  Feb 6, 2003
This is a surprising book! I usually don't like books that tell you how to raise your kids. I end up feeling guilty about all the things I did wrong that the author did right and I hate books that give a formula for parenting perfectly.

Vogt's book does just the opposite. She acknowledges that her parenting was less than perfect and her suggestions allow for a wide variety of approaches.

Best of all the author has put together a unique book that includes her ideas and principles on twelve different topics, observations from seasoned parents and reactions from their chlidren. She also puts in resources, exercises and great stories that kept my attention throughout.

I received this book as a gift and started reading it with reluctance but it just go better and better with every page. I especially like what Vogt's own kids had to say about the way they were raised and while they resisted some of their parent's idealism they turned out ok. Their daughter who wrote some of the funniest stories in the book is now serving in the Peace Corp.

Raising Kids... would make a great book on parenting and teaching values but it would also be a great read about how generations interact and approach topics from very different perspectives. I kept reading whole sections aloud to my wife while she was trying to read her own book.

This may be the best book I have ever read on parenting and sharing values with children.

A gift for grandparents to pass on  Nov 27, 2002
My own children are grown with children of their own but I'm still a concerned parent and grandparent and Raising Kids who will make a Difference gives me hope. So much of what I read and see on TV disturbs me these days and I tell my adult children that I think it's a lot harder to be a parent today than it was a generation ago. I think Raising Kids Who Will Make a Difference can help. It combines the practicality of Dr. Spock that guided my parenting with the inspiration of spiritual leaders like Jesus and Gandhi and wraps them all up in age old values and wisdom that Vogt somehow manages to convey with a modern and accessible tone. I think ordinary parents will find they can relate to it, It's not just written with "super-parents" in mind. I felt consoled to know I did a lot of things right in my own parenting and that even my regrets are shared by other good parents.

Even though my active parenting days are over, I want to give this book to my children and the other young parents I know to help them get a good start. As Vogt says, "Start's a lot easier to limit TV to an hour a day when the child is a toddler and gradually allow extensions than to announce to a preteen that the family is going to cut back on TV. If the rule has always been that everybody pitches in to clean house on Saturday, it won't meet with the resistance that some parents experience when they try to implement new policies that they picked up from a parenting class or from reading a book such as this one. If you're too late for the start young approach, approach your family gently and include everyone in the decision-making process." It makes a parent want to stretch but without guilt.

Relating to diapers  Nov 23, 2002
When I first started reading this book I only intended to spend a few minutes so I thought I'd start with the reactions of Susan Vogt's children to the chapters. Two hours later I was still reading because I found it so engaging. I could especially relate to the chapter on Ecology since our family values simplicity and tries to walk gently on this earth. Being a modern mother I felt reassured when Vogt talked about the issue of cloth diapers. Now the author does not equate disposable diapers with immorality and cloth diapers with virtue but she does raise questions about values and how we spend our time and money. In my own case, I was committed to using cloth diapers but assumed I would use disposables when traveling for convenience. When our first child started getting diaper rash with the disposable diapers, our doctor recommended using only cloth diapers. I soon discovered that it was just as convenient traveling with cloth diapers and as a bonus it fit with my value of respecting the earth. Being part Native American, this was important to me, but even more important was the knowledge that I wasn't the only one making such a decision.
This is just one example of many practical suggestions for helping ordinary families live with integrity and according to their values that the author weaves through this book. I felt like I was listening to a good friend.
A Wise Book  Oct 18, 2002
I really love this book. I'm in agreement with many of Susan Vogt's thoughts, but even if I weren't, her even-handed approach to her subject matter and her respect for her readers would impress me. Anyone looking for insight into helping their children to become adults of integrity, self-discipline, and compassion will find lots of wisdom here. The inclusion of her own children's perspectives is a delightful bonus. And Susan V's daughter Heidi is a fine writer (must be genetic!).
Raising Kids Who Will Make a Difference  Oct 12, 2002
This is one of the most insightful and practical books on parenting I've ever read. The blend of the Vogt family stories, as well as other families' perceptions make this book delightful and engaging. The honesty, sincerity and wisdom with which Susan Vogt writes present us with pragmatic, intentional and caring ways to "be" family. As a parent of young adult children, it was refreshing to be reminded that none of us parent perfectly!
Linda Moses
National Association of Catholic Family Life Minsters

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