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5 Steps to Great Parenting
Insights and Examples

Tom Rowley (about)

This book contains simple yet extremely important ideas for raising a family that unfold like a conversation around the kitchen table.

Paperback; 61 pages; 2014

ISBN: 978-1-56548-515-0

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5 Steps to Great Parenting

After raising 5 children Rowley sat down and helped by his wife JoAnn, does a wonderful job communicating some very simple yet extremely important ideas for raising a family. As a result, his thoughts, intuition, and experiences unfold in a way that feel like a conversation around the kitchen table.

No family is an island

“Chiara Lubich’s spirituality of unity invites us to be open to communion first of all in our own families and, once there’s unity in our own families, to open ourselves to other families. No family is an island. We all feel the need to share our spiritual and material possessions, our time and our abilities, so that a network is built that is doing something that helps the world that is waiting for a love that won’t give up, and always begins again.”

Interview by Laura Badaraccchi from Italy’s Avvenire newspaper with Alberto and Anna Friso, who were close collaborators of Chiara Lubich for the family.

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A major breakthrough

Because of my professional military training and also because of my overly rigid personality, it was very difficult for me to relate with my children. I was aware that I had to correct my attitude, but I didn’t know where to begin from. The words of the Gospel invited me to place love at the basis of my child-raising, and therefore to make a change in my relationship with them, a major breakthrough, not halfway, but radical. Beginning, constantly beginning again, little by little, the path of communication was opened. I tried to enter into their world, to be more interested in their aspirations and concerns. I came to know their problems, we suffered and rejoiced together and, in that way, the distance between us disappeared even with the one with whom it was most difficult. My role as a father took on a new dimension: now I’m also their counsellor, friend and brother.

(F. U. – Perù)

Living the Gospel. Welcome one another no matter what.

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5 Steps to Great Parenting

Some Related Comments:

"Without being preachy or directive, Rowley shares telling insights with examples to help in your role as parents. He prompts you to think about exploring concepts in your family such as loving one another, making little things count, realizing that suffering has value, reaching out to one another, and learning from one another. The thoughts are illustrated with numerous examples often taken from Rowley’s own experience. On the one hand it may appear as plain, simple, common sense parenting. Taken on another level, it can be seen as a valuable philosophical reflection on the kind of parent you want to become and the values you want to instill in your children. In reading this book I hope you will discover that there is a joy in parenting that only self-giving can bring.”

The Reverend Paul E. Lockey, Ph.D. Pastor
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church and Schools Houston, TX

"I read the book 5 Steps to Great Parenting, and I have to say what I liked best was the true simplicity of the message. I felt as if I were sitting in the Rowley’s living room while reading it. It contains concrete examples without pretending to have a picture perfect family. It portrayed real life."

Monica Stanley

Author Info

Tom Rowley has been married for 53 years, is the father of five children, and has four grandchildren. He, along with his wife JoAnn, are involved in family ministry in which they have facilitated many retreats for married couples and families. He has been an educator for over 38 years as well as a member of the Focolare Community for more than 36 years. 5 Steps to Great Parenting is his first book.

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