Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Parenting is Heart Work (Book Review & Giveaway)

Parenting is Heart Work (Book Review & Giveaway)
Disclosure: As a Member for the Parent Training Center Blogger Launch Team, I received a copy of this product in exchange for my honest review and promotion.  This post also contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking the links.  Thank you for supporting my site!
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.

Heart Parenting Giveaway
We are back with another great giveaway from the folks at the National Center for Biblical Parenting. This one is for the parents and includes a great little camera, as well as a $50 Amazon gift card! Here's what your church could win:

Parenting Is Heart Work ($15 value)

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.

Concordia University’s Family Ministry Program requires that every student read Parenting is Heart Work. Dr. Ben Freudenburg says, “This is our go-to book for parenting. It’s biblical practical approach is powerful.”

Parenting Is Heart Work Training Manual ($50 value)

The Heart Work Training Manual with Audio Sessions is designed to help you integrate key success principles into your family. Answer the questions in the lesson, look up the scriptures, reflect on the teaching, and watch yourself make significant changes in the ways you relate. When parents change, children change. You’ll love the difference.

Canon Powershot ELPH 170 IS ($150 value) 

High quality still images and video are practically effortless with the slim and stylish new PowerShot ELPH 170 IS camera. The ideal tool for capturing everything from daily fun to special occasions, it's equipped with a powerful 12x Optical Zoom for maximum versatility, plus Intelligent IS to make images clear and almost shake-free even at high zoom lengths. Sharp, high-resolution imaging is fast and easy thanks to the 20.0 Megapixel* sensor and DIGIC 4+ Image Processor. Beautiful 720p HD video is as simple as pressing a button, while Smart AUTO intelligently selects just the right camera settings based on predefined shooting situations, so all different types of shots come out perfectly.

Amazon $50 Gift Card

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Free Download: How to Help Kids Accept No for an Answer

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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  1. Parenting is definitely "heart" work - you learn how to live through your heart in how you parent your kids. Works a lot better than following your brain, sometimes! :)

    1. Hi, Jamie. This is very true. It is amazing how much more our hearts open once we become parents. Children bring such joy! Thanks for commenting and have a wonderful week! Best of luck in the giveaway :)

  2. I may not be a parent yet but I can agree to these. And as Michael Jackson said, parenting is like dancing. You take one step, your child takes another. :)

    1. Hey, Lux! That's a great quote! Children mimic everything we do; good, bad or indifferent. These authors really know what they are talking about when it comes to parenting. Reading the books has been a blessing. Thanks for commenting and hope you are well :)

  3. Parenting is so important and one of the things that makes me happiest is the fact that our kids who are grown up now have all said that they appreciated the way they were brought up. Now it's going to be grandparenting from October this year and praying we will do a good job at that.

    1. Hi, Sandra! How exciting! Congratulations on your future grandbaby. It is wonderful that your children told you how much they appreciated the way they were raised, and I heard grandparenting is much more fun than parenting. I am sure you will be an amazing Grandmother. Thanks for commenting and blessings to you :)

  4. I am not a parent, and I agree that raising children is hard work. They start out like blank canvasses, and I think sometimes adults forget that. Kids do not understand the whys behind our actions until we teach them. Thanks for sharing this book and your experiences through reading it. #BloggerCareGroup

    1. Hi, Clarissa and thanks for stopping by from #BloggerCareGroup! It is important for children to know that they are loved, and sometimes that love means discipline. They key there is to also discipline in a loving way, and in a way where it can be a learning experience for both parent and child. Thanks for commenting and have a wonderful week :)

  5. Looks like a great book! Parents are so busy with their own worlds these days that they forget we need to teach these kinds of things.

    1. Hi, Marie! It was an excellent book and I hope that parents can learn lessons from this book. We live in such a fast paced society, that it is easy to not recognize the needs of our children. This book really helps to re-establish the family concept and what is most important, our children. Thanks for commenting and have a wonderful week :)