Although this book is in no way a book about homeschooling, and his own kids are public schooled and of course you can use all this stuff with public schooled kids, I still felt that it really, really reinforced homeschooling for me and further calmed any lingering fears I had that they need peers to be socialized properly. Looking back, my 17 year old hung out mostly with my niece and my bestfriends twin girls when he was little. Why? Becuase thats who happened to be around due to the adult relationships. He didnt really choose his own friends until he went to school. We were very very close until about second or third grade when he began not to want to show any affection to me whatsoever in public. Although, when he wanted to stay over at a friends home, I went to meet the parents and he and the little boy became best friends (still are) and I became very close the entire family, parents and other children included!
We are not practicing the techniques formally as of yet (I think we do some of it naturally anyway), but I am trying to get my dh to read this one. This is such a great book for me as a parent and as a provider of mental health services to kids and youth. I talk with parents about lots of the topics in the book and encourage them to follow their gut when it tells them to not let their youth text at the dinner table or spend all their time at their friend's house.