I received a copy of The Christian Parenting Handbook: 50 Heart-Based Strategies for All the Stages of Your Child’s Life a few weeks ago and kept meaning to pick it up and read it. But it just seemed like one more thing on my to-do list and didn’t seem that pressing. But once I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down. With three kids between the age of 6-11 we have our share of opportunities to be good parents or flub it up completely. This book address so many things that we all think are the answer and puts a little different spin on parenting.
Christian Parenting Handbook
One thing we have heard my entire life is that consistency is the key to raising healthy children. But the first chapter in this book immediately questions that statement. Consistency may be overrated.
If you’re training dogs to salivate, then consistency is essential. But you’re trying to raise children. You don’t want children to do the right thing just so they can get a reward. If you do, then kids learn to ask, “What’s in it for me?”
As parents, we all want to raise healthy adults that can function in a tough world. But sometimes raising children is the toughest job around. This book is a series of 50 chapters addressing everything from how to keep your children from acting out in the grocery store to the value of grandparents. I love the fact that each chapter is straight to the point and takes only 3-5 minutes to read.
I don’t usually choose to read parenting handbooks. When I was pregnant, I read many pregnancy books and found that every expert has an opinion of the right way to do things. It can be confusing to read so many different opinions. But this book is actually a great resource that has made me think about the way we are raising our children.
About the book
Nuggets of parenting wisdom condensed into 50 short chapters, each one biblical, practical, and relevant for parents of children ages 2-18. Learn appropriate ways to correct, instruct, and set limits. Glean wisdom for dealing with emotions, conflict, and developing closeness in your family… and much more. These 50 strategies provide you with hands-on tools for parenting children of any age.
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.
I received a copy of this book from Tommy Nelson and Book Sneeze. I was not required to write a positive review.