Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Book Review: Motivate Your Child by Dr Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge,from Thomas Nelson Books, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it


Summer is here and you may have decided that now is the time to address some issues and help get your child motivated before the school year arrives- we only have 9 weeks left, what about you?

This new book is here to help with those issues!

Motivate Your Child cover


Synopsis:

We need a parenting revolution!
Most parenting approaches end up encouraging children to ask the wrong questions about life: What’s in it for me? Are you going to pay me for that? What’s the minimum I need to do to get by?
But God’s Word gives us a better way to parent, one that builds strong internal motivation in children. When parents change the way they parent, kids change the way they live. This practical book explores a theology of internal motivation and then gives parents real-life solutions to equip their kids for life.
You’ll learn . . . 
    - how to parent in ways that build internal motivation so that kids don’t have to rely on you to get things done.
- the four promptings of the conscience and how to coordinate your parenting to take advantage of them.
-ways to energize your spiritual training with fun and creativity.
- how to help children respond to mistakes instead of blaming, defending, or justifying
- The greatest gift you can give your child is strong moral and spiritual development―this book shows you how. Every chapter includes practical examples of families applying the Bible to their current issues.
Join the revolution!


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Review:

if you have any dealings with teens today there are some things that will generally stand out- a lack of integrity, conscience and general moral fiber. Don't get me wrong, there are kids that are raised to have them, but generally, today's generation is no where near as motivated as we were. if you think for a few minutes you'll realize it's true. The last 2 generations have had more prosperity than their fore bearers. Kids are given cars for their birthdays (that was RARE wen I was growing up- you had to EARN money for a car), they are given credit cards (which we didn't get til after college), cell phones and computers, and they choose to remain at home longer, to avoid moving into apartments that they consider sub-standard (by Mom and Dad's house), and barely breaking even every month, and having no money for fun things like movies, dates and the like.

Even our young kids are generally not self- motivated anymore- media and electronic devices have taken that away. Try telling your kids no tablet/cell/TV/streaming for one DAY and see what happens. make sure you have some valium and wine before you do, it will be UGLY!! So how do you combat this? How to raise a self-reliant, confidant kid with compassion and integrity in today's fast moving world?

This book teaches how to use the key moral compass- the bible, to bring back moral into 'heart' parenting- teaching kids to do the 'right thing' versus what is better for'them'. It's taking the we into account, not just the ' I '.  With examples of dilemnas, family situations and more, the author's provide guidance in getting your kids to think outside of the norm, and to use the values you are teaching them from bible study/church/discussion. Thus it isn't a how-to, so much as 'here are ideas that work' approach, to show you situations that you may be facing, and how you can choose to handle them. I really think this would be a great book for a parenting bible study at your church,as it would help parents learn how to bring morality back into their children's lives! I highly recommend getting a copy if you have young children,so you can start now,laying the groundwork, to help internally motivate them to always do the right thing!


About the Authors

Scott Turansky has been a pastor and missionary for more than 33 years and is an author of several books. In addition to pastoring full time, Scott also conducts parenting seminars on Saturdays around the United States (http://www.effectiveparenting.org/). He is the cofounder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting (www.biblicalparenting.org) and has co-authored four books. 

Joanne Miller is a pediatric nurse with 26 years of experience and the cofounder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting. She is the coauthor of seven parenting books.

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