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Parenting is Heart Work is by: Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller. I have had the privilege of reading and reviewing two of their other books, Motivate Your Child: A Christian Parent's Guide to Raising Kids Who Do What They Need to Do Without Being Told (review on this book can be found here) and the corresponding workbook to this book, Motivate Your Child Action Plan. (review on this book can be found here.)
Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller have an outstanding compassion and understanding of how the heart works to motivate not only a child, but also the parent. When you say the title aloud, it sounds like "Parenting is hard work." I don't believe this play on words was a coincidence. Parenting is hard work. With the techniques of these amazing authors, parenting becomes about connecting with a child's heart. This then establishes a respectful relationship, where both child and parent learn what works best for their family.
Parenting is Heart Work is a book that can be read individually, or as a group discussion with other parents. There is a reader's guide at the end of the book that can be broken down into a ten or thirteen week study. Each chapter opens up with a Biblical story and how it can be applied to parenting. It also gives examples of many relatable scenarios we run into as parents today, and how to solve them from a Biblical perspective. The chapter then closes in a prayer.
The first chapter opens up with 1 Samuel, a book in the Bible I can relate to and hence the reason for my blog name! The flow of the book is understandable and is almost like having a close friend there to give advice. There is scripture quoted throughout the book, and reading the scriptures and the prayers, just brought about a sense of peace with parenting.
I would highly recommend reading Parenting is Heart Work to anyone who is a parent or who is getting ready to become a parent. These books by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller have improved my parenting skills, and also my marriage. It is hard starting out as parents, because both adults come from two different sets of how their parents parented. Marriage is team work, and parenting also has to be a team effort.
Reading these books, my husband noticed a change in the way I was relating to my sons, and so he changed his parenting skills to mimic mine. We are relating to our sons' hearts and not just correcting or disciplining without explanation. It is important for children to know why they are being corrected, because it then establishes them as responsible adults later in life. Relating to their hearts and their individual ways of learning also shows them how much we love and care about them. Parenting is Heart Work is full of practical and wonderful parenting techniques that will last for a lifetime.
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This foundational parenting book starts with a study of the 750 times the word “heart” is used in the Bible. That changes everything. God’s Word reveals new insight into strategies for change in a person’s life.
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Teaching Children to Accept No as an Answer (downloadable PDF)
Everyone has to learn to live within limits and it’s best when children learn it young. Accepting no as an answer teaches children the valuable heart-quality of contentment. Children have many manipulative techniques to challenge a no answer including, whining, badgering, and arguing. If you see these bad habits in your kids, this session will show you exactly what to do to bring about the change both you and your kids need.
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