My 16-year-old son texted me to say hello. Is that disrespectful? Or his way of showing love?
"Everyone else's parents let." Is that a valid argument, or an opening to unacceptable behavior?
How do I deal with jealousy between siblings? A 7-year-old who lies? A nice boy who doesn't want to make trouble, but is suffering socially because of his good behavior?
Raising children has never been simple. And in the 21st century? It's complex. It's challenging. It's really, really hard.
So what is a parent to do?
Obviously, mothers and fathers have to spend time building connections and relationships with their children. And of course, they must daven for siyata d'Shmaya in their childrearing efforts. Beyond that - they must turn for guidance to experts, people who have made understanding and educating today's youth their vocation and their passion, people who understand parents, and children, and the world in which we all live.
Rabbi Shneur Aisenstark is one of the most respected of those experts, a world-class educator whose experience encompasses all ages and countless situations. In Chinuch with Confidence he answers hundreds of questions that parents have asked about chinuch issues. The questions are very real (after all, they came from real parents with real children!), the answers are insightful and practical. More: Rabbi Aisenstark explains the reasons for his answers, the educational and Torah principles behind them, allowing us to integrate his profound understanding of youth into our own relationships and issues.
Rabbi Aisenstark's answers to the questions of concerned, caring parents searching to do the best for their children are sometimes provocative and always realistic and on target. Chinuch with Confidence gives us access to a master mechanech with decades of experience – and gives us the tools, and the confidence, to become great parents of great children.