Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Review: Motivate Your Child by:Turanksy/Miller

 Motivate Your Child: A Christian Parent's Guide to Raising Kids Who Do What They Need to Do Without Being Told
About the Book:

We need a parenting revolution!
Most parenting approaches end up encouraging children to ask the wrong questions about life: What’s in it for me? Are you going to pay me for that? What’s the minimum I need to do to get by?
But God’s Word gives us a better way to parent, one that builds strong internal motivation in children. When parents change the way they parent, kids change the way they live. This practical book explores a theology of internal motivation and then gives parents real-life solutions to equip their kids for life.
You’ll learn . . .
•          how to parent in ways that build internal motivation so that kids don’t have to rely on you to get things done.
•          the four promptings of the conscience and how to coordinate your parenting to take advantage of them.
•          ways to energize your spiritual training with fun and creativity.
•          how to help children respond to mistakes instead of blaming, defending, or justifying.
The greatest gift you can give your child is strong moral and spiritual development—this book shows you how. Every chapter includes practical examples of families applying the Bible to their current issues.
Join the revolution!

About the Authors:
Scott Turansky has been a pastor and missionary for more than 33 years and is an author of several books. In addition to pastoring full time, Scott also conducts parenting seminars on Saturdays around the United States (http://www.effectiveparenting.org/). He is the cofounder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting (www.biblicalparenting.org) and has co-authored four books.

Joanne Miller is a pediatric nurse with 26 years of experience and the cofounder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting. She is the coauthor of seven parenting books.

My Review:
 What would it be like to finally get through to your children? After many times of trying to teach them how to be and how to respond, whether spoken to or not. What would it be like in your household, if they finally developed some initiative?

 I know my husband and I, this has been a long awaited concept in our home. Our children have taken many years to develop this character trait. After years and years of waiting for this to happen in your child, a parent can grow more and more weary.

 Motivate Your Child, is about more than trying to get your child to act appropriately. It is about their moral and spiritual development.My favorite chapter in the book was entitled, "Kids Taking Initiative". The authors suggest that we show the child or children in question how to discover the need and or want to take action. And after that is applied give him or her the confidence to make the choice to do something. After that initial confidence build, the child will be more likely to act.

 After you teach your children the basic need to care for themselves, the work doesn't stop there. They still have many years ahead of them, that they will still need our guidance on all levels across the board. We as parents still have much work to do to raise them to their full potential. Motivate Your Child is a good book to help you through the process! If you would like to learn more, you can here.