Having great conversations with your kids makes parenting easier. Especially Christian parenting, because you are trying to parent hearts and not just behaviors. But many parents struggle with knowing how to start those conversations with their kids.
So I was interested when offered the chance to review a new book, The Daily Question for You and Your Child by Waterbrook. The book is set up like a journal. Each entry is dated with the day and space to write answers during three different years. This is really a great idea, since kids change quickly – especially when they are young. Or I imagine you could do the journal every other year to keep the questions fresh and to see a little more developmental change in your kids.
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Parenting seems to bring fear to the door of people who were previously fearless. The mom who would jump out of airplanes when she was single, suddenly watches her first infant breathe, fearing that looking away means those sweet breaths might stop.
Some parents become so immobilized by their own fears, they pass them on to their children – creating anxious children, afraid to do anything because “something bad might happen”.
So I was interested when offered the chance to review Breaking the Fear Cycle by Maria Furlough. Now, I must warn you, in some ways, this book takes courage just to read. The author wrote this book after giving birth to a child she had known several months in advance would die at birth. Her story is gripping and still raw – even though time has passed.
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Parenting can be interesting. It’s easy to convince yourself that you are putting your kids and spouse ahead of your own needs all of the time. Then something happens to make you realize maybe you aren’t quite as selfless as you think.
I was interested when offered to an opportunity to review the book Generous Love by Becky Kopitzke. The subtitle was what really caught my eye – “Discover the Joy of Living ‘Others First'”. As a mom with two decades of experience under my belt, I would say I’ve heard more parents complain about always having to put others first, than celebrating the joy it is bringing them.
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There are parenting books and Christian parenting books. Some are fine and some are frankly a bit horrifying. Rarely do I find what I would consider a great parenting book. Parents Rising by Arlene Pellicane might just be one of those great Christian parenting books. (Really any parent would greatly benefit from this book.)
Pellicane has a wealth of books and television appearances already on her resume. Most of what she shares though, she learned from her own three kids.
Usually as I read books I’m reviewing, I mark passages I find particularly insightful or helpful to parents. This book is full of those passages. The author’s style is one of my favorites – lots of story telling, scripture references, practical tips, explanations of why God’s instructions work and even a few recipes thrown in for fun.
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Parenting is full of the unexpected. You find yourself saying things to your kids you never thought you would ever say to anyone, like “We don’t float our toy boats in the toilet.” If you are barely surviving the day-to-day stress of parenting, what happens when the unexpected hits?
Christine Caine is a popular Christian speaker. Although she doesn’t focus on parenting, I was interested when offered a chance to review her latest book, Unexpected. I loved the end flap message before I even opened the book. Caine points out that often when the unexpected happens, we almost forget we have God. If we continually give into the fear and anxiety the unexpected things in life can bring, our worlds often begin to shrink into what we think is a smaller, safer zone.
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