As new Catholics, we very much appreciate how Gregory Popcak bases parenting theory on Catholic theology. I'm not a big fan of parenting books, because most of them do not allow for the flexibility of a parent using his/her own style and adjusting to the child's individual personality, but Popcak's suggestions really do allow for this.
Three caveats -- I found this book to be really, really Catholic, so a non-Catholic person may have trouble with it. Also, Mr. Popcak is apparently a typical baby boomer, so if you don't like droll humor, punned section headers that are supposed to be amusing, and lots of acronyms, you might as well forgive him for it before you ever sit down to read this book.
Finally, though Mr. Popcak attempts to at least acknowledge what a dual-working family have to face in particular, he doesn't have the personal experience to really come through. I actually wrote and asked him if he'd consider writing a parenting book like this specifially for families in which both parents work, but he didn't seem too interested in the idea. Too bad, because there are a lot of us out there. Mr. Popcak, if you're reading this, I'd still be willing to help you -- at least get you in touch with AP parents who both work so you can interview them.
This book is my parenting BIBLE!! I can't say enough good things about it--each and every chapter is INVALUABLE. I am so glad I found something that can help me figure out how to handle my kids at every bend in the road, in virtually every situation. It advocates attachment parenting and loving-guidance discipline, and also gives you a plethora of techniques and tells exactly when and how to use them (i.e. "everyday discipline" vs. bigger, more stubborn issues). He clarified the reality that family life is not just a mundane distraction--a family should have goals, a vision of where they are going in life, etc. He talks extensively about how all family members must have a solid rapport between them for discipline to be effective, for love to be felt, etc. He clarifies the question of spanking from both a spiritual and a scientific perspective. He goes into detail about how to handle the various stages of childhood, from loving the infant to "taming" the toddler to handling the teenager--gracefully. He outlines how to foster virtues, morals, a love for religion and a love for Jesus in your children; he tells how to make your family into the "domestic church" Pope John Paul calls it to be. I wouldn't even waste time with any other parenting or discipline book--this one more than covers all your questions and worries. I refer to it at least once a week, and it gives me the guidance I need to be an effective yet loving parent to my kids. It wil literally change your outlook on family life; it will give you new hope and make parenting a truly gratifying experience. The title couldn't be more appropriate--now I really have the information I need to raise "perfect" kids! If you REALLY unconditionally love your children and want them to be the best they can be, you will be thrilled to have this book!