Safe House by Joshua Straub is one of the best parenting books I’ve read in a long time. As parents, we focus a lot of energy on protecting our children from physical harm. Safe House, however, teaches us how to focus on their emotional health as well. Straub says emotional safety is “the key to raising kids who live, love, and lead well.” The safe house he describes has a secure foundation and four sturdy and carefully balanced walls—grace, truth, protection, and exploration. It exists in a carefully chosen and supportive community of family and friends. Straub explains each of these elements clearly and shows how building such a house is within every parent’s ability.
Straub draws on his own experience as the parent of a toddler and a newborn. He also draws from the wisdom of other experts in the field of counseling. He applies each concept to all age groups, from birth through adolescence. He closes with one chapter on strengthening your marriage in order to work as an effective team, not only as parents but for life, and with a final chapter on helping your child to establish faith in Christ.
I recommend this book to all parents. I’m even telling my friends about it face to face. It’s a reference I will refer to often, so I thank Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers for sending me a complimentary copy in exchange for this review.