"MORMON PARENTING SECRETS," by Flint Stephens, $18.95, 151 pages (nf)
Having raised four children to adulthood, Flint Stephens is no stranger to parental problems and tough situations. Just like other parents, as his children wandered into their teen years, Stephens and his wife stumbled into struggles that were difficult to overcome.
They quickly realized that modern parenting ploys just weren’t working for their family. They read books and attended seminars, but didn’t find true success until they decided to return to the parenting principles that their pioneer ancestors embraced.
In his book, “Mormon Parenting Secrets,” Stephens shares time-tested methods for raising children that he learned from studying the lives of his ancestors. Tackling enduring issues like handling adversity, cultivating humility and gratitude and helping children choose to do what is right, Stephens applies the attitudes of yester year to help parents today.
Stephens realized that attitudes about things like work, responsibility, morality and gratitude have dramatically changed with time. Where hard physical labor, honesty and accountability, and patience for things to come were simply a part of life in those long ago days, today children often feel entitled to take the easy way, blame others for wrongs and expect everything right now.
“In effect,” Stephens says, “while our lives have gotten much easier over the past hundred years or so, parenting has become much more difficult.”
Stephens also faces more modern parenting concerns head on. He deftly addresses pornography, substance abuse, the plague of entitlement and the role of gender helping parents apply timeless techniques to contemporary problems.
This straightforward guidebook encourages parents to help children build a foundation in basic values like honesty, patience and modesty that will support and protect them as they go through life.
Stephens' ideas are simple and commonsense. While the title touts these parenting secrets as “Mormon,” Stephens regularly reminds readers that successful parents come from all denominations and backgrounds. The book is a quick read with a positive and insightful look at parenting.
“It is never too late to become a better parent,” Stephens says. “The process of being a successful parent is simple, but it is not easy Teaching and training children requires constant and continuous effort, but the cumulative effect of these types of simple things can have a significant impact over the years of a child’s life.”
To learn more about Stephens and his parenting secrets, visit his blog www.mormonparentingsecrets.com.
Melissa DeMoux is a stay-at-home mother of six young children who lives in West Valley City. Her email is [email protected] and she blogs about her adventures in motherhood at demouxfamily.blogspot.com.