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Monday, March 12, 2018

Parenting Tweens and Teens, the Modern, Christian, Way with Parenting Made Practical!

I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.  All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

So let's just admit it.
No matter how great a parent you think you are, or that others tell you that you are, you may have that problem. You know the one- your child(ren) are just little agnel(s) when they're out in public, cooperative, sweet and nice. Proof that you've raised them right. BUT, and it's a BIG but, at home, it's like they've been podded and are totally different children. SIGH. That's the reality of parenting, and as your kids may be hitting the tweens years, you realize you need HELP, but where do you get it?

parenting made practical
Yup-Parenting Made Practical! With such books, and DVDS, as   Why Can't I Get My Kids to Behave Navigating the Rapids of ParentingDating, Courting & Choosing a Mate... What Works? and Taming the Lecture Bug and Getting Your Kids to Think, Parenting Made Practical UNDERSTANDS JUST how you feel, and more importantly the realistic and HONEST advice the you need!

Taming the Lecture Bug and Getting Your Kids to Think Book     

Miss Grace is just about to turn 11, that OH SO wonderful age for girls, which my parents went through when I was more like 14 (grrrrr....which means I get it for longer- yippee! LOL), full of tears and drama, and early versions of teen angst. So I was thrilled to recently be able to revieTaming the Lecture Bug and Getting Your Kids to Think (book and video).

This book's aim is to help parents to stop reminding, threatening and lecturing their kids, and get them to start thinking and take ownership of their responsibilities and behaviors, in a Godly manner. It recently took First Place in the parenting category, in the Christian Writer’s Award contest sponsored by Xulon Press! 

We've all been there- you don't MEAN to lecture your kids, but that is what they hear, after you've tried reminding them about the same 3 times in a row. By the 5th time, all they hear is blah-blah-blah, and totally tune out the message you were trying to impart. And you turn into the nagging voice from a certain cartoon! This book is for parents of kids of any age, but those of tweens and teens really will see HOW much they need this book by the end of the 2nd chapter! 

The book is a very easy read, and in fact, I finished the book in 2 sittings! I realized quite early in the book, that like other parents, I was falling INTO the lecture trap, without meaning to. I actually had a week where I read this book and attend 2 lectures, dealing with Miss Grace's dyslexia and ADHD, and this book perfectly into the puzzle, to allow me to work on developing a new approach. I was so happy to see it start to work! Miss Grace took ownership not only for packing her own dance bag, but for cleaning the entire house, when she realized I was exhausted! It was like a total change of attitude. When I asked what had changed her work ethic, she told me "You did, my making it all my choice, and not lecturing me anymore". Taming the Lecture Bug and Getting Your Kids to Think at work!

Taming the Lecture Bug and Getting Your Kids to Think DVD

I can see myself revisiting the book again, before high school age, when she'll be taking on more responsibilities, and using the character questions as a way to help her understand how her choices will affect others, not just herself. Parenting is the utlmate in homeschooling- how we raise our children, will be how they act and behave as adults. So why not make changes now, that will create a HUGE difference in their lives later when THEY are courting, dating and even parenting? When we teach our kids to learn to make right decisions, for the right reasons, we have taught them the ultimate in life skills!

I also received a download of the accompanying video, Taming the Lecture Bug and Getting Your Kids to Think (which is also available on DVD). As former youth pastors, Joey and Carla understand not only kids, but parents. By giving parents intelligent information and examples, adults can understand WHY their kids are acting the way they are, and the steps that they, the parents, need to do, to help change the 'status quo', in order to have a more productive relationship with them. I really do recommend watching the video, as well as the book. The study guide really helped me pinpoint some things, and put them into a better perspective. 

Dating, Courting & Choosing a Mate...What Works? DVD & Workbooks

While I reviewed the 2 options for Taming the Lecture Bug and Getting Your Kids to Think (book and video), my fellow reviewers have checked out other books in the series! You can check out their reviews (I know I will be, especially Dating, Courting & Choosing a Mate... What Works? ), by clicking the bsx below:

Parenting Made Practical {Reviews}

Be sure to follow Joey and Carla on their Social Media Links- they have some AMAZING posts that really make you THINK, and show you how much you need to read ALL of their books!

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