I’ve been reading Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture by Mary DeMuth as part of her blog tour. This book would make a great discussion guide for a parenting group, especially for parents of school age children. Mary offers lots of practical parenting hints, illustrated with stories of her family. I especially like the many short subchapters within each chapter. Makes for an easy book to pick up and read a page or two in the midst of a busy schedule.

Mary talks about the different culture that children today are being raised in. Postmodernism has in some ways become the bogeyman, the cultural expression no one knows how to deal with. While it’s true that as parents we always need to be aware of the culture our children are living in, I’m not convinced that postmodernism is a lot different than modernism. I raised my son in the 80s and 90s, and implemented almost every tip Mary gives. I guess good parenting is good parenting, whatever the cultural expression. And there is always a cultural expression that makes parents turn grey. (Remember the 60s?)

That being said, Mary gives us a lot of good reminders about communicating with our kids and giving them opportunities to reason and work through their own decisions. If you have children, you’ll want to take a look at this book. You can get an autographed copy directly from Mary at RelevantBlog.

If you’d like to read an excerpt from the book, go here.

There are several other bloggers participating in the Authentic Parenting Tour this week. To see what they have to say, visit any of these sites.

A Latte and Some Words
Chat ‘n’ Chew Cafe
Experiencing the Journey
Fabric, Paper, Thread
Fictional Journey
Haruah – Breath of Heaven
I Wish You Enough
Leanna Ellis
Margaret Daley
Partners in Prayer for our Prodigals
Raindancer’s Map of Memories
Robyn’s Ramblings
See Ya On the Net
Sometimes I Feel Like a Piece of Bologna
Sormag Online Tours
The Authentic You
The Spiritual Mom
Why Didn’t You Warn Me?
Write from my Heart

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3 Comments so far

  1. Rindy on August 15, 2007 6:59 am

    Great book wasn’t it? It’s one I am definitely keeping close at hand to check back with!! Time to go check out the rest of your site…

  2. Mary DeMuth on August 19, 2007 3:11 pm

    Thanks for being a wonderful addition to the blog tour!!!!

    With joy,
    Mary E DeMuth

  3. Summary of APT Week Five « spaghettipie on August 27, 2007 9:50 pm

    […] Why Didn’t You Warn Me? – “This book would make a great discussion guide for a parenting group, especially for parents of school age children.” […]

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