Small Boat, Wide Sea: Parenting in the 21st Century

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Small Boat, Wide Sea was primarily motivated by the author's fascination and concern with adolescent risk-taking behaviors, such as reckless driving, marijuana smoking, and binge drinking. Attempting to counsel and console battle-weary parents led her to an impassioned search for answers to an age-old question: “Why do such smart kids make such dumb choices?” The intention of this book is to share insights with parents who are currently preparing their young children (and themselves) for adolescence. The author endeavors to present a balanced, realistic view of parenting’s challenges and rewards. Her desire is to motivate, support, and encourage parents. Although the book is based on empirical research, it is void of jargon-laden, technical descriptions of complex theories of human development and provides only enough explanation to lend credibility to the “bottom line”—the application to parenting. Written from a Christian perspective, a common thread throughout the book are references to the Bible and the great importance of a connection with Someone greater than oneself.

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As a daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother, Dr. Mumford has experienced first-hand the joys and challenges of relationships within the family. As a friend, she has been both the recipient and the provider of parenting counsel. As a speaker, she has stood before many groups of parents who were seeking to understand temperamental and developmental issues and translate them into effective practice. As a professor, she has learned a great deal from her students and attempted to impart credible parenting ideologies to them, tomorrow’s child psychologists, journalists, social workers, and—most importantly—parents. As a researcher, she has been involved in lengthy one-on-one conversations with adolescents whose lives have been irreversibly altered by poor choices. In a diverse array of roles, she has observed, examined, and contemplated child behaviors and parenting practices, attempting to make some sense of possible correlations and connections.

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A sensitive, down-to-earth parenting book--a “must read” for parents of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, elementary-age and adolescents. --Kathy R. Thornburg, Ph.D. , Early Childhood Professor and Researcher

A collaboration of head and heart--a practical and insightful parenting book that is educationally sound and experientially proven. --Jerry L. Rouse, D. Min., Pastor

A spiritually-based, authentic guide for parents as they equip their young children for the turbulent waves of adolescence. --Richard P. Dowdy, Ph.D., Associate Dean Emeritus

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