Parenting teens can be tricky. Some parents are still micromanaging every aspect of their teen’s life. Others have little to any interaction with their teens, other than living in the same house and providing for some basic physical needs.
Yet, the teen years are when you begin to see whether your Christian parenting has helped your kids develop strong spiritual foundations. You can see the true beginnings of their godly potential and the fruit it is starting to bear.
You can also see some areas where your teen still needs guidance and growth. Areas you may have overlooked earlier or with which your teen struggles. You may find ways you need to provide extra encouragement as your child makes the not always easy transition from dependence to living on his or her own at college or some other adult career path.
It’s overwhelming for many parents, which was why I was interested in reviewing the new book Parenting Beyond the Rules by Connie Albers. Albers is the mother to five adult children, which should qualify her as an experienced teen mom. Her advice doesn’t disappoint.
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If you are familiar with the Secret Keeper Girls series for Christian girls (and their moms), you have probably heard of Dannah Gresh. In addition to the popular Secret Keeper Girls franchise, Gresh has written other books for girls and women.
Her newest is a guide for mothers to use while their tween daughters read Gresh’s book Lies Girls Believe. My daughter and I had enjoyed the Secret Keepers materials when she was little (an earlier version of the current series), so I was interested in seeing this latest resource for slightly older girls’ mothers.
A Mom’s Guide to Lies Girls Believe is an easy read for moms, which looks very similar to the format one would expect to find in a book written for teen (or in this case tween) girls. Which also means it is extremely easy to skim and find the information you want. The format does limit the amount of text that can be contained in a book this size so there aren’t a ton of references to detailed research or deep dives into scripture.
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Talk to many moms for very long and you will soon hear a lot of frustration about the role their husband takes in parenting. Wives often complain about their husbands and how they fill that role, too. (Men probably have the same conversations about women, but since I never hear those, I only know what I hear.)
So I was interested when offered the chance to review a new book by Ken Harrison, Rise of the Servant Kings: What the Bible Says About Being a Man. Harrison is the Chairman of the Board of Promise Keepers. While I haven’t heard much about Promise Keepers in the last decade or so, their initial call was for Christian men to step up and really be the men God has called them to be.
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Christian parents of young children have often relied on Bible story books to help simplify the Bible for their kids. Often the stories are fine, although the introduction of the NIrV version of the Bible has made them less necessary than in the past.
I am always interested though in finding quality Christian books for children. Recently, I was offered the opportunity to review a new book Psalms for Little Hearts by Dandi Daley Mackall.
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In the past few decades, people have begun truly understanding the negative life-long impact words can have on people. A casual comment by someone can change the entire trajectory of a person’s life. The world is full of people whose entire lives were changed by one sentence uttered by someone. Sometimes the changes are positive, but often they are negative.
As a parent, and particularly a Christian parent, your words are crucial. Sadly, the words you used may be greatly influenced by the brokenness caused by the words someone said to you. You may not even realize the impact those words are having on the words you in turn say to your children – potentially causing a cycle of brokenness.
So, I was interested when offered the chance to review the new book, Breaking the Power of Negative Words by Mary Busha. Busha attempts to help readers understand the impact negative words have had on their lives. She gives advice on how to free yourself from their negative impact and even forgive those who said them.
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