This little book basically just reminds you that to raise happy, compassionate responsible kids you have to model those qualities yourself and spend time with them. But I think it does so in a way which is easy to read without being overly simplistic, and is entertaining and convincing. It makes the important point that if you want your kids to like you, take advantage of these years as when they're teenagers they're going to listen to everyone BUT you.
Its brevity is a strength, as the above message does not get clouded by too many stories or background science, and it means I can get my husband and babysitter to read it and realistically recommend it to friends.
Yes it does have a Christian slant but not in fundamentalist or intolerant way, so I did not find that detracted. I have read alot of other books on raising kids which explain in more depth the evidence showing that a loving upbringing (with clear limits!) WORKS better than one based more on discipline. So I suggest you read those too for the depth lacking in this book: ie Raising Resilient Children and for boys: Raising Cain and Speaking of Boys. Also if you have somehow come this far and not yet read How to Talk so Kids will Listen and Listen so Kids will Talk, buy that and read it and now and paste their advice up all over the house. But also buy this little book and keep it by your bed.
We've been over-run with child-rearing manuals for infants. We've been swamped with advice for relating to teens. But little has been offered to parents whose children are in middle childhood! John. M. Drescher, a wise voice in the field of parenting literature (whose books have sold more than 400,000 copies), addresses particular delights and difficulties of this stage in a child's life.