“Don’t worry that your children never listen to you, worry that they are always watching you” - Robert Fulghum.
About the Book
“If you want to glean insights into how to raise and influence children to be more compassionate and considerate, more courageous and confident, more independent, secure, and unselfish; if you want your children to be more loving and joy-filled, then get reading!” —excerpt from Mark K. Shriver’s Foreword (President of Save the Children Action Network)
Heart of a Philanthropist's Take
Johann Christoph Arnold reminds us that the children of today are the adults of tomorrow. Do we want our grandchildren raised the way our children are being raised? How much 'education' is enough, and are we hurting our children by requiring them to learn so much more than previous generations? We are raising a society of people who do not communicate, and that is not good. However, Arnold does not condemn parents/caretakers in Their Name is Today, rather he encourages us to really adore our children and get to know them at their earliest ages.
We need to not worry so much about testing and if our children are at the level they are suppose to be. These things can actually hinder our children. Instead we need to be more like children- getting on the floor solving problems through play. However, children do need parents to teach them respect, morals, and how to live as adults. Don't be too busy to teach them the importance of them! By showing our children the value of family and the roles we should play, we will teach them how to be strong confident loving adults.
About the Author
A noted speaker and writer on marriage, parenting, and end-of-life issues, Arnold is a senior pastor of the Bruderhof, a movement of Christian communities. With his wife, Verena, he has counseled thousands of individuals and families over the last forty years, as well as serving as an advisor at several innovative private schools. Arnold’s message has been shaped by encounters with great peacemakers such as Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, Dorothy Day, Cėsar Chavez, and John Paul II. Born in Great Britain in 1940 to German refugees, Arnold spent his boyhood years in South America, where his parents found asylum during the war; he immigrated to the US in 1955. He and his wife have eight children, forty-four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. They live in upstate New York.
“A much-needed message not only for South Africa, but for the whole world.” -Nelson Mandela, on Why Forgive (one of Arnold’s books)
“In this book we find a message needed today in every part of the world.” -Mother Teresa, from her forword to Sex, God, & Marriage (one of Arnold’s books)
“Written in a way that is easy to grasp…indeed, very beautifully.” - Pope Benedict XVI, on A Little Child Shall Lead Them (one of Arnold’s books)