The stars of MTV’s top-rated Run’s
House—dubbed “the new Cosby
family”—offer a vital rescue manual for modern
An icon of hip-hop, a father of six, and an ordained minister, Rev Run
has developed a parenting style that is in a class by itself. With his
wife, Justine, he launched the blockbuster reality series
Run’s House on MTV, now filming its fifth season. The show
has proven wildly popular in large part due to the way the Simmons
family responds to very twenty-first-century issues. Emphasizing firm
boundaries, noble values, discipline, and faith in an age marked by
shallow materialism and fragmented families, Rev Run now shares the
proven principles that have given his children a firm foundation,
- Run your family as the COEs: Chief Officers of Everything.
- Understand that you can never correct what you
- Lead by example, not by preaching: Hypocrisy and parenting
are a destructive combination.
- Today’s fast-paced world can often make children
feel small; your job is to help them feel large.
- Older children need more rules and parental involvement,
Reaching an average weekly audience of 4.1 million viewers,
Run’s House speaks to America’s fascination with
high-profile parents. Take Back Your Family brings home the
behind-the-scenes wisdom of hip-hop’s first family to
everyone seeking solid guidance for raising a new generation.
Take Back Your Family
A Challenge to America's Parents
by Rev Run and Justine Simmons with Chris Morrow
Gotham Books (Penguin Group)
Hardcover, 288 pages
This book is also available in a CD Audiobook edition: Take
Back Your Family [Audio CD]