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As you know from previous post I've been working on the launch of a wonderful book called Motivate Your Child. This book, written by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN- focuses on heart parenting.
About the book:
Learn What Internal Motivation is and How to Develop it in Your Child
You will learn:
• How to build a strong conscience to strengthen internal motivation
• How faith changes kids inpractical, down-to-earth ways
• Ways to help self-focused kids think ofothers
• A strategy to help kids who tend to blame, rationalize, or defend
•Ways to use consequences for heart change
• Specific heart-based strategies to develop responsibility and initiative
“We need more books like Scott and Joanne’s—booksthat coach parents to develop strong character in their children that will lastthe rest of their lives.” —Alec Hill, President of InterVarsityChristian Fellowship/USA
It is rare that I take a pen and highlighter to a book. However, I've marked this book up quite a bit. It is truly a game changer for parenting in my humble opinion. The book is broken up into two different sections. The first section Moral Development in Children - shares so many stories of children, their problems and the techniques to use for the solution.
Part two - Spiritual Development in Children focuses on leading them to the Lord and training them spiritually. I love that this part was second because honestly it is hard to incorporate these things when you are struggling with basic motivation and doing right.
The whole book takes a biblical approach to parenting which is attune to my beliefs and heart. I feel like the techniques are realistic for both parent and child. I also feel like it is all to be applied in a loving and kind approach. No bullying the kids or becoming a task master. These were things I could easily incorporate into our lives. Let me add that just because the ideas were simple to implement did not mean that they were not life changing. I've noticed big changes in our household since reading - and guess what! It started with me - the mom! My littlest guy has benefited from the changes I have done already. A big area I'm working on is getting the brother's to work together and love each other. The chapter on dealing with kids who makes mistakes was so valuable for me.
I personally plan on re-reading each chapter and working on each chapter with my kids. I have good boys - but they could be even better! Certain chapters jumped off the page when thinking about particular children in my family and I took many notes in my copy so that I could really work on these areas.
I can not recommend this book enough for parents. It is for parents struggling with their kids and those who are not yet there! It should be in every Christian parent's toolbox for reference!
You can purchase your copy at your local bookstore or online at stores like Amazon.