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Raising Kids Who Will Make a Difference



Helping Your Family Live with Integrity, Value Simplicity, and Care for Others

by Susan V. Vogt


There are no guarantees in parenting.  As a mother, counselor, and family-life educator, author Susan Vogt intimately knows how parents struggle to help their children develop strong values.  In this unique and thoughtful guide to raising socially conscious children, Vogt sets out to inspire, equip, and comfort parents in the awesome task of raising kids who will make positive contributions to the world.


Using a delightful blend of honesty and humor, Vogt offers successful parenting strategies and straightforward discussions on important issues like sexuality, substance abuse, materialism, racism, global awareness, and death.  Personal anecdotes, stories from other parents, and perspective from Vogt's children enhance the practical information.  Each chapter concludes with reflection activities to stimulate discussion for the whole family.


Vogt writes with a delightful blend of wry humor, candor, and sensitive self-revelation.  The section in each chapter written by Vogt's children on her efforts to be a responsible parent adds to the fun and practical value of this book.   --Joe H. Leonard, Director, Family Ministries and Human Sexuality, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.


Susan V. Vogt is the director of the Family Ministry Office of the Diocese of Covington, Kentucky.  She presents workshops around the world in connection with the Parenting for Peace and Justice Network.  She is the author of Just Family Nights and a co-author of Kids Creating Circles of Peace.  She and her husband, Jim, are the parents of four children.