Thursday, May 23, 2013

Review:The Christian Parenting Handbook

 The Christian Parenting Handbook: 50 Heart-Based Strategies for All the Stages of Your Child's Life
About the Book:
With advice on parenting coming from several angles, what do you listen to and what do you ignore? Develop your own biblical philosophy of parenting and use it to filter the many ideas that come your way.

In this book you'll learn how to:

Identify character qualities to address problems

Build internal motivation

Transfer responsibility for change to the child

Teach kids to be solvers instead of whiners

Use creativity to teach your kids spiritual truths

Avoid the "boxing ring"

Envision a positive future

And much more!

With these strategies you'll be able to move from behavior modification to a heart-based approach to parenting. Instead of relying on rewards, incentives, threats, and punishment, you'll learn how to identify heart lessons to teach your child "and" implement them in practical ways.

"The Christian Parenting Handbook" by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, founders of the National Center for Biblical Parenting, compiles fifty parenting principles that use heart-based strategies to teach you how to face daily challenges. When parents focus on the heart, kids learn to ask different questions about life. Instead of asking, "What's in it for me?" they learn to ask, "What's the "right" thing to do?" You'll soon see how a heart-based approach to parenting looks deeper and brings about greater, lasting change.

The daily interaction you have with your children can impact them for the rest of their lives. With these fifty heart-based strategies, you'll develop your own biblical philosophy of parenting and gain perspective, greater motivation, and confidence that you're moving in the right direction. As you envision a positive future for your children, they'll experience hope and direction and you will too. Start applying these principles today!

My Review:
 Whoever said raising children was easy? Or how about "raising children doesn't come with a handbook"? Well now it does! Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller both professionals in the field of medicine and Christian parenting. In the books introduction the authors state you are holding a book of ideas and that is just what you will get. Here are some basic guidelines taken from the book:

Begin with prayer

Build on a Biblical foundation

Think long term

Remember what's most important

Watch for variations on a theme

Focus on the heart

This is not a preach at you, in your face type of parenting self help book. This book was not designed to do that. It was designed to help gently guide you through many of the problems and circumstances that parents face every day. There are fifty chapters each one addressing a different issue.

 I think there are more and more people turning to God in this day and age probably because of so many of the threats that face us and our nation. It is a very scary time. We want to make the right decisions and guide our children the best way we can. And the only way is based on a Biblical foundation.

**Disclosure** I received this book at no charge for my honest review from the Booksneeze Blogger Program.