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Tools for identifying and developing spiritual, social, and emotional growth.
From birth to adulthood, our children's physical and intellectual development is carefully tracked and charted. But what about their hearts? After all, how our children develop emotionally, socially, and spiritually will determine who they become as husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, friends and co-workers.
Are My Kids on Track? helps you identify and measure twelve key emotional, social, and spiritual milestones in your children's lives. Moreover, you will discover practical ways to guide your kids through any stumbling blocks they might encounter and help them reach the appropriate landmarks. Along the way the authors pinpoint the different ways boys and girls develop, so you can help your child flourish in his or her own way.
Filled with decades of experience from three practicing counselors, speakers, and writers, this book provides you with valuable, current research and user-friendly, hands-on practices to make supporting your kids' soul development a seamless part of family life. Don't just raise smart kids-raise courageous, compassionate, resilient, empathetic, and smart kids.
In 1-2-3 Parenting with Heart, Dr. Thomas W. Phelan and pastor Chris Webb teach Christian parents to take charge while refraining from yelling, leading to better behaved children, happier parents, and a more peaceful home environment. Complete with relevant Bible verses, explanations, and exercises, this guide allows you to get back in charge of your home and enjoy your kids again by helping you set limits for your children, and by breaking down the complex task of parenting into three straightforward steps: ● Controlling Obnoxious Behavior: Learn an amazingly simple technique to get the kids to STOP doing what you don't want them to do (whining, arguing, tantrums, sibling rivalry, etc.). ● Encouraging Good Behavior: Learn several effective methods to get your kids to START doing what you want them to do (picking up, eating, going to bed-and staying there!, chores, etc.). ● Strengthening Your Relationships: Learn powerful techniques that reinforce the bond between you and your children. For years, millions of parents from all over the world have used the award-winning 1-2-3 Magic program to help them raise happier, healthier families and put the fun back into parenting.
Have the day-to-day realities of being a dad and husband left you frustrated or just plain worn out? You're not alone. Jerrad Lopes felt that way too . . . until he started blogging about his struggles and discovered thousands of other men who want to be good husbands and fathers but don't know where to start.
In Dad Tired and Loving It you will learn that spiritual leaders:
● Realize their story isn't the story-it's all about Jesus
● Point their wives, children, community, and world toward God
● Stumble their way through spiritual leadership rather than doing nothing
● Seek humility rather than striving for perfection
When you begin to understand the bigger picture of God's purpose for you in your marriage and family, you'll see that the good news of Jesus makes it possible for you to love and lead without fear and discouragement. Get equipped and encouraged as you become the man God is calling you to be-even when you're dad tired.
Writing from firsthand experience, Allison Bottke identifies the lies that kept her, and ultimately her son, in bondage-and how she overcame them. Additional real-life stories from other parents appear throughout the text.
A tough-love guide to coping with dysfunctional adult children, Setting Boundaries with Your Adult Children will empower families by offering hope and healing through S.A.N.I.T.Y.-a six-step program to help parents regain control in their homes and in their lives.
S = STOP Enabling, STOP Blaming Yourself, and STOP the Flow of Money
A = Assemble a Support Group
N = Nip Excuses in the Bud
I = Implement Rules/Boundaries
T = Trust Your Instincts
Y = Yield Everything to God"
Jodie Berndt shows you how to make the Bible a book of prayers that can powerfully influence your children's lives. You'll discover how to pray specifically and expectantly for their faith, character, safety, relationships, and future. You'll gain new, biblical perspectives on God's purposes for your children. And through the encouragement of the Scriptures and true-life stories, you'll find out what a huge difference your prayers really make in the lives of those you love most.
Picture respectful, responsible, obedient children who entertain themselves without television or video games, do their own homework, and have impeccable manners. A pie-in-the-sky fantasy? Not so, says family psychologist and bestselling author John Rosemond. Any parent who so desires can grow children who fit that description-happy, emotionally healthy children who honor their parents and their families with good behavior and do their best in school.
In the 1960s, American parents stopped listening to their elders when it came to child rearing and began listening instead to professional experts. Since then, raising children has become fraught with anxiety, stress, and frustration. The solution, says John, lies in raising children according to biblical principles, the same principles that guided parents successfully for hundreds of years. They worked then, and they still work now!
Through his nationally syndicated newspaper column and eleven books, John has been helping families raise happy, well-behaved children for more than thirty years. In Parenting by The Book, which John describes as both a 'mission and a ministry,' he brings parents back to the uncomplicated basics.
What if Augustine's Confessions had been written not by a man, but by a mother? How might her tales of desire, temptation, and transformation differ from his? In this memoir, Natalie Carnes describes giving birth to a daughter and beginning a story of conversion strikingly unlike Augustine's-even as his journey becomes a surprising companion to her own.
The challenges Carnes recounts will be familiar to many parents. She wonders what and how much she should ask her daughter to suffer in resisting racism, patriarchy, and injustice. She wrestles with an impulse to compel her child to flourish, and reflects on what this desire reveals about human freedom. She negotiates the conflicting demands of a religiously divided home, a working motherhood, and a variety of social expectations, and traces the hopes and anxieties such negotiations expose. The demands of motherhood continually open for her new modes of reflection about deep Christian commitments and age-old human questions.
Addressing first her child and then her God, Carnes narrates how a child she once held within her body grows increasingly separate, provoking painful but generative change. Having given birth, she finds that she herself is reborn.
Mystified by the situations girls face today?
There's a good reason, Mom. Our girls are growing up in a completely different world than we did. But whether your daughter is very young or a teenager, you can equip yourself with the wisdom and practical help she needs for the pressures and decisions ahead.
With keen insight and warm encouragement, Cheri Fuller shares how you can become a more welcome influence at every stage in your daughter's life. Drawing from her own experiences and the expertise of others, Cheri answers all the top questions, including:
How can I help my girl avoid the dangers of social media and navigate the digital world?
How can I counter society's unhealthy messages about body image and sexuality?
How can I help my daughter (and me!) deal with her emotional ups and downs?
What are the best ways to instill good values?
How can I help her grow a firm faith in God?
Filled with trustworthy suggestions, this book will help you steer your daughter toward becoming a healthy, confident young woman.
Today's parents are all but completely disconnected from the commonsense parenting wisdom of their parents and grandparents. The self-esteem parenting revolution has erased the practical insights gathered by generations of parents about the best way to raise kids. In this book, family psychologist John Rosemond seeks to recover this wisdom by resurrecting what parents of yesteryear tended to say. Maxims such as 'because I said so,' 'children should be seen, not heard,' and 'you're acting too big for your britches' are more than cute sayings for John. They are parenting principles, springing from a biblical view of the world. John makes the case that these principles from the good old days are just as valid today and will help parents to pass on values to their kids so that they can succeed at life. Grandma was right after all!
Combining modern research, personal stories, professional experience, and real-life examples, Jeannie Cunnion shows parents how to embrace God's grace and let go of the pressures-external and internal-that come with raising children.
Moms are under So. Much. Pressure.
We moms are told that we have to get it all right so our kids turn out right. We're told that their entire futures are riding on our ability to perfectly orchestrate their lives. And we're told that the strength of their faith hinges on ours. And we begin to believe that if we just try hard enough, we can actually 'be enough.'
These impossible standards leave us stuck in worry, anger, guilt, comparison, and shame.
Jeannie Cunnion gets it. And in Mom Set Free she reveals how the Good News of the Gospel empowers us to live-and parent-in the freedom for which Christ has set us free.
Jeannie invites us to journey alongside her as we learn to:
● Lay down what God has not asked us to carry so we can thrive in what He has.
● Embrace our significance in our children's lives in light of God's sovereignty.
● Trust God with the children He has entrusted to us.
● Receive God's grace so we can reflect God's heart to our kids.
Young children live with awe and wonder as their daily companions. But as they grow, worries often crowd out wonder. Knowing this, how can parents strengthen their kids' love for the world so it sticks around for the long haul?
Thankfully, parents have at their fingertips a miracle vaccine-one that can boost their kids' immunity to the world's distractions: stories. Well-chosen stories connect us with others, even those on the other side of the globe. Build your kids' lives on a story-solid foundation and you'll give them armor to shield themselves from the world's cynicism. You'll give them confidence to persevere in the face of life's conflicts. You'll give them a reservoir of compassion that spills over into a lifetime of love in action.
Parents can introduce their children to the world from the comfort of home by simply opening a book together. Give Your Child the World is poised to become a bestselling family reading treasury that promotes literacy, develops a global perspective, and strengthens family bonds while increasing faith and compassion.
I prayed for this child, and the Lord answered my prayer.
He gave me this child. And now I give this child to the Lord.
1 Samuel 1:27 ERV
Do you remember when you first held your newborn daughter and sensed the awesome responsibility and immense privilege of parenthood? God gave you this precious gift to care for and to love, and He may have even whispered to your heart, ""She is yours.""
Now comes the hard part-raising her up from a baby to a happy, healthy adult-and remembering that everything you have is God's, including your daughter.
Wynter and Jonathan Pitts want you to know you are not alone. The proud parents of four young daughters, they've gained a wealth of valuable insights on the unique challenge of raising girls. They've been right where you are and now they want to share what they've learned with you.
With this practical advice and encouragement, you can help your daughter develop awesome relationships with God, with you, and with the world around her.
Start this journey by making this commitment to God:
Lord, she is Yours and I trust You with her.
Are tantrums and conflicts ruling your day? If time-outs have quit working and you find yourself at wit's end, giving in to your kids' demands just to have a moment of peace, know there is hope!
In The Well-Behaved Child, beloved psychologist John Rosemond shares his seven essential tools for raising a child who pays attention and obeys. Once you learn how to use his proven, user-friendly techniques, you'll have everything you need to deal effectively with a wide range of discipline problems in children ages three to thirteen, what John terms 'The Decade of Discipline.' This clear, step-by-step program includes:
- Seven Fundamentals of Effective Discipline
- Seven Discipline Tools You Can't Do Without
- Seven Top Behavior Problems of All Time-Solved!
- Seven Tales of the Strange and Unexpected
You can raise well-behaved children! In this entertaining 'workshop in a book,' John shows parents how to use the C-words of commanding communication, compelling consequences, and confirming consistency to create a well-behaved child and a family in which peace replaces hassles. It's not complicated at all, and the best part is, it really works!
As a mom in the throes of parenting, Courtney DeFeo believes that instilling virtues in children starts with laughter, not lecture. That perspective propelled her to create this idea-packed book, in which she offers motivating reflections, real-life stories, and a sandbox full of inventive ways to help you turn your kids' hearts toward God. Each chapter focuses on one virtue that is key for developing your child's character. Along with insights into how this virtue plays out in the nitty-gritty of life, Courtney includes a memory verse, activity ideas, and discussion questions to reinforce that virtue throughout the month. Here you'll find a full year of ways to draw your children closer to God through delightful antics like Family Olympics, One Fancy Feast, and Light 'Em Up.
Core book buyers-moms-are desperate to know what makes their sons tick and how to be a welcome influence in their lives. And unlike many other books about raising boys, this warm and trustworthy resource is from a mom's perspective.
Through compelling true stories and solid principles, this book offers a blueprint for what sons need from their moms to become healthy, caring, confident young men. With specific advice for boys' different ages, moms will learn the balance between controlling and letting go, how to cultivate their son's unique masculinity, how to encourage a lasting relationship with God, and much more.