Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - The Christian Parenting Handbook

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Book Review - The Christian Parenting Handbook

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About the Book
With advice on parenting coming from several angles, what do you listen to and what do you ignore? Develop your own biblical philosophy of parenting and use it to filter the many ideas that come your way.

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.

The Christian Parenting Handbook by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, founders of the National Center for Biblical Parenting, compiles fifty parenting principles that use heart-based strategies to teach you how to face daily challenges. When parents focus on the heart, kids learn to ask different questions about life. Instead of asking, “What’s in it for me?” they learn to ask, “What’s the right thing to do?” You’ll soon see how a heart-based approach to parenting looks deeper and brings about greater, lasting change.

My Take on the Book
This is a book that is filled with so many ideas it will make your head spin. This book bases its' idea on biblical tenets and allows you as a family to learn and grow as you read and develop easy to implement strategies that can be started at home immediately. 

What I loved about the book is that the authors did not hold back with their thoughts, instead being blunt and laying it all out for everyone to see. They also are not making parenting sound like a cake walk and relate that in fact parenting is hard and takes a lot of time and effort.

Too often I hear from parents (and see it in myself) that we are continually having in a mode of correction with our kids instead of focusing on the building of relationships with the child itself. This book makes you rethink this and allows you to strengthen this bond and start anew on the path toward positive parenting.

This is a great book that I encourage all parents to read and digest, you will find so much in this book that will open your eyes! 

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