Dr. Ray Guarendi explores the deluge of advice parents receive from the moment they discover a child is on the way—advice that is rarely solicited, often confusing, and can even conflict with their most deeply held beliefs and principles.
So what should you do when commonly accepted “parenting wisdom” just doesn’t pass the smell test?
Dr. Ray identifies fifty of the most common child-related truisms and
parenting myths, and explains how the virtues of prudence, temperance, and fortitude can help you discern the best course of action for your own family. He’ll encourage you to ask yourself: Does this have merit for our family, with our morals? Does it make sense? Does it align with wisdom confirmed through generations?
Covering a range of ages and stages, from the early years (“It’s a stage; it will pass”) to the teenage years (“Don’t make your child lie”), Advice Worth Ignoring gives you the tools you need to spot the hidden assumptions colored by pop psychology, and make parenting choices that are consistent with raising up good Catholic kids.
When you read Advice Worth Ignoring, you’ll be empowered to judge the advice that’s right for your own family, regardless of who doles it out.
It also contains a special section specifically for adoptive parents.
Dr. Ray Guarendi is a clinical psychologist, prolific author and speaker, and nationally syndicated radio host. His radio show, The Doctor Is In, can be heard weekdays on EWTN, Ave Maria Radio, and Sirius XM. His many books include Discipline That Lasts a Lifetime, You’re a Better Parent Than You Think, and Winning the Discipline Debates. He and his wife are the parents of ten children.
“If you only read one parenting book this year, make it this one. Dr. Ray dismantles all of the misguided ideas about parenting that flood our society today, and leaves you with common-sense wisdom that makes you feel calm, equipped, and excited to face your day as a parent. When you’re done with this book you’ll feel as if a huge weight has been taken from your shoulders.”
—Jennifer Fulwiler, radio host, bestselling author, and mom of six
“In Advice Worth Ignoring, Dr. Ray continues to provide parents with ideas on how to raise children who will love them and love God. Unlike many ‘experts’ whose only experience with children seems to derive from case studies, Ray has raised ten kids (or as he says his wife has since he has been busy writing books on raising kids). His experiences with his own children are not only insightful but also heartwarming, making this book both instructive, charming, and fun to read!”
—Dr. Mary Kay Clark, Director, Seton Home Study School
“Advice Worth Ignoring is a reassuring handbook for Catholic parents who want to raise their children to become confident and compassionate adults. Dr. Ray presents answers to many of the most pressing questions about how to identify and resist cultural messages that are based not on Catholic values but on pop psychology which have the potential to undermine parents and tear apart families.”
—Thomas S. Monaghan, Founder of Domino’s Pizza, Ave Maria University, and Ave Maria School of Law
“Dr. Ray is a voice of reason in what is often an unreasonable time. He offers insight and hope for the daunting job of parenting with advice that takes into account our children’s spiritual well-being, not just behavior modification. He makes us laugh, think and reach for the best in us.”
—Rose Malavolti, Professional educator, speaker, and mother of 21 children.