Raising Respectful Children in a Disrespectful World (Paperback)

By Jill Rigby

Howard Books, 9781582295749, 208pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2006



This inspirational parenting guide offers proactive and positive steps to raising respectful, engaged, and grateful children.

In an effort to raise children with a healthy view of themselves, parents often focus on self-esteem rather than self-respect. And author Jill Rigby says there’s a big difference. It’s the difference between self-centered and others-centered children, the difference between performance-driven and purpose-focused teenagers.

Raising Respectful Children in a Disrespectful World examines three different styles of parenting—parent-centered, child-centered, and character-centered. Parent-centered parents are more concerned with their own agenda than their child’s best interest. Child-centered parents are more concerned with their child’s approval than their child’s well-being. Character-centered parents are more concerned with their child’s character than their child’s comfort. Drawing a distinction between performance and purpose, this book maintains that rather than focusing on what you want your child to do, you ask what you want your child to become. Finally, Rigby calls for parents to discipline (teach) their children rather than punish them.

With wisdom and insight, Jill Rigby shares age-appropriate ways to set boundaries with children without building walls of separation. Whether you’re parenting tots or teens, Raising Respectful Children in a Disrespectful World offers valuable advice for cultivating a house of respect.

Praise For Raising Respectful Children in a Disrespectful World

“Jill Rigby tells us in practical words what we all need to not only hear but do. This book should be required reading for all parents.”

-Kathie Lee Gifford, Today co-host of Kathie Lee & Hoda

"Our Midday Connection listeners love listening to Jill! They appreciate hearing her share principles and practical tools to raise children who will become responsible and respectable adults. What parent today doesn’t want those things for their child or for our society?"

-Melinda Schmidt, host on Moody Radio

“In this age of overindulgence and underparenting, Raising Respectful Children in a Disrespectful World gives sound advice that will transform your family. With courage and conviction, Jill Rigby debunks many of the conventional beliefs in child rearing, replacing them with the wisdom of experience.”

-Dr. Kevin Leman, author of Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours

“If you’re concerned about the negative effect popular culture is having on America’s children, and you want to know what you can do to prevent your child from falling under its sway, then you need to read this book and you need to do what Jill Rigby says, because she’s right and that’s all there is to it.”

-John Rosemond, author of Parenting by the Book

“In a world where permissive misbehavior is more the rule than the exception—at a time when so many parents have opted out—Jill Rigby comes along with a marvelous ray of hope for all who have accepted the responsibility of guiding those who will lead the next generation.”

-H. B. London, vice president of Focus on the Family

“Jill explains what it means to raise children of purpose as she shares practical, how-to, godly principles to help parents teach their children to have self-respect and to respect others.”

-Dennis Rainey, president of FamilyLife

“This book is a must-read for parents who want to raise moral, responsible, spiritually healthy children with wisdom, grace, and practicality.”

-Cheri Fuller, speaker and bestselling author of A Busy Woman’s Guide to Prayer, Opening Your Childs Spiritual Windows, and Raising Motivated Kids

“With a kindness unlike anyone I’ve ever known, Jill urges children to live lives they can be proud of, lives that will make a difference for the kingdom of God. Parents can now experience the blessing from her years of work and vast knowledge in how to raise respectful children in the disrespectful world they must grow up in.”

-Eva Marie Everson, speaker and author of Sex, Lies, and the Media and Sex, Lies, and High School