Category Parenting

Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World

Product DetailsRaising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World
By Kristen Welch
Tyndale House
Retail Price:  $15.99
Amazon Price: $14.39

Book Description:  “But everyone else has it.” “If you loved me, you’d get it for me!” When you hear these comments from your kids, it can be tough not to cave. You love your children?don’t you want them to be happy and to fit in?

Kristen Welch knows firsthand it’s not that easy. In fact, she’s found out that when you say yes too often, it’s not only hard on your peace of mind and your wallet?it actually puts your kids at long-term risk. In Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World, Kristen shares the ups and downs in her own family’s journey of discovering why it’s healthiest not to give their kids everything. Teaching them the difference between “want” and “need” is the first step in the right direction. With many practical tips and anecdotes, she shares how to say the ultimate yes as a family by bringing up faith-filled kids who will love God, serve others, and grow into hardworking, fulfilled, and successful adults.

It’s never too late to raise grateful kids. Get ready to cultivate a spirit of genuine appreciation and create a Jesus-centered home in which your kids don’t just say?but mean!?“thank you” for everything they have.

Review

Over the past decade, science has shown that gratitude is one of the most valuable and important emotions we possess, and it is a virtue that anyone can cultivate. In fact, researchers have developed many different methods people can use to foster an attitude of gratitude, and the science shows that many of them really work.  This is the book that parents have been waiting for!  It is chock-full of engaging examples and stories and clear, easy-to-follow recommendations for how to instill gratitude in your children…starting today!  Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World is a thoughtful, engaging, informative book that will change your family.

~Reviewed by Beth L.

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    Rescuing Julia Twice

    Rescuing Julia Twice
    By  Tina Traster and Melissa Fay Greene
    Chicago Review Press
    Retail Price $24.95
    Amazon Price: $18.09

    Book Description: 

    In moving and refreshingly candid prose, Rescuing Julia Twice tells Traster’s foreign-adoption story, from dealing with the bleak landscape and inscrutable adoption handlers in Siberia, to her feelings of inexperience and ambivalence at being a new mother in her early forties, to her grow­ing realization over months then years that something was “not quite right” with her daughter, Julia, who remained cold and emo­tionally detached. Why wouldn’t she look her parents in the eye or accept their embraces? Why didn’t she cry when she got hurt? Why didn’t she make friends at school? Traster de­scribes how uncertainty turned to despair as she blamed herself and her mothering skills for her daughter’s troublesome behavioral is­sues, until she came to understand that Julia suffered from reactive attachment disorder, a serious condition associated with infants and young children who have been neglect­ed, abused, or orphaned in infancy.

    Hoping to help lift the veil of secrecy and shame that too often surrounds parents struggling with attachment issues, Traster describes how with work, commitment, and acceptance, she and her husband have been able to close the gulf between them and their daughter to form a loving bond, and concludes by providing practical advice, strategies, and resources for parents and caregivers.

    Review

     This was a well-written, honest book where an adoptive parent shares her ups and downs, joys and sorrows, pain and hope.  This is not a clinical work, a but real, loving and in the end affirming look at the power of commitment and love.  For anyone dealing with RAD, this book will give you insight into the world of parents who adopted from overseas and was faced with an unknown.  You will find encouragement and hope.

    ~Reviewed by David H.

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      The Hope of Heaven: God’s Eight Messages of Assurance to a Grieving Father

      Product DetailsThe Hope of Heaven: God’s Eight Messages of Assurance to a Grieving Father
      By Alan M Hallene Jr. and Erin Keeley Marshall
      Thomas Nelson
      Retail Price: $19.99
      Amazon Price: $15.47
      Book Description:

      Sometimes, when the worst becomes reality, God turns theoretical musing into heavenly experience.

      Al Hallene discovered his college-student son’s body after Alex hanged himself. While Al waited for the authorities to arrive, he had ten minutes alone with his son. During that wrenching time, God gave Al eight visions of heaven, where the father and son would someday reunite. As Al recounts those heartening and healing moments, readers are reminded of the affirming hope that Christians share even while asking the real questions tragedy raises: Will we see our lost loved ones again?  Does God care about our pain? What does this mean for us now?

      The Hope of Heaven is a very different kind of heaven book: rather than an argument for the existence of heaven or an account of an out-of-body experience, Alan Hallene gives readers a glimpse of life beyond the tragedies we endure.

      Review

      This book was hard to read because of the subject matter, but it was very necessary for those who have lost a loved one, especially if the circumstances behind the death were not traditional.  The author writes from his own experiences and you will find yourself right there with him as he sorts out the details, the meanings and tries to make sense of the death of his son.  Heart wrenching but uplifting, this book is bittersweet and has many powerful messages.  I highly recommend it.

      ~Reviewed by John F.

       

       

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        iRules

        iRules
        By Janell Burley Hofmann
        Rodale
        Retail Price $17.99
        Amazon Price: $13.16

        Book Description: 

        As Janell Burley Hofmann, mother of five, wrapped her 13-year-old’s iPhone on Christmas Eve, she was overwhelmed by questions: “Will my children learn to sit and wonder without Googling? Should I know their passwords for online accounts? Will they experience the value of personal connection without technology?”To address her concerns, she outlined boundaries and expectations in a contract for her son to sign upon receiving his first cell phone. When Hofmann’s editor at The Huffington Post posted the contract, now known as iRules, it resonated on a massive scale and went viral, resulting in a tsunami of media coverage and requests. It quickly became apparent that people across the country were hungry for more.

        In iRules, Hofmann provides families with the tools they need to find a balance between technology and human interaction through a philosophy she calls Slow Tech Parenting. In the book, she educates parents about the online culture tweens and teens enter the minute they go online, exploring issues like cyberbullying, friend fail, and sexting, as well as helping parents create their own iRules contracts to fit their families’ needs. As funny and readable as it is prescriptive, iRules will help parents figure out when to unplug and how to stay in sync with the changing world of technology, while teaching their children self-respect, integrity, and responsibility.

        Review

        This book is a ‘must read’ for all parents who want to protect their children while still giving them access to all of the benefits technology has to offer. The author’s realistic approach to navigating the cyber-culture is invaluable as she gives easy-to-follow and sensible advice.  As parents, many of us aren’t as tech savvy as our kids.  This guide gives spot-on strategies for closing that gap and making the whole family’s approach to technology a win-win for the entire family.

        ~Reviewed by Cherie S.

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          Not With My Daughter!

          Not With My Daughter!
          by Terry Vaughan
          Skyhorse Publishing
          Retail Price $16.95
          Amazon Price: $13.56

          Book Description: 

          Every father experiences the anxiety of knowing that one day his daughter is going to do the inevitable and start dating. In addition to cleaning his shotgun, he can become her date’s worst nightmare by also arming himself with the body language and interview skills necessary to figure out who the potential boyfriend is in less than ten minutes.

          In Not with My Daughter!, Terry Vaughan gives dads vital information on how to decode the gestures, facial expressions, and verbal statements of all prospective boyfriends. With two daughters of his own rapidly coming of age, Vaughan realized he couldn’t water-board every new boyfriend who came through his door. He came up with strategy that all dads can use to effectively “interview” and accurately assess the new men in their daughters’ lives. With Terry’s help, dads will learn how to

          • Master the checklist of items that will accurately assess the boyfriend within seconds
          • Recognize how his utilization of space and volume could be indicators of aggression
          • Uncover words that are used to hide something and those that reflect sincerity

          Based on his extensive military training, Vaughan provides dads with the skills and information they need to interpret what kinds of signals boyfriends are sending out, and then do something smart and positive with the information.

          Review

          This book was a hoot!  The author just says what every parent is thinking!  He gives great advice on reading body language, which can be used in a variety of situations.  While the book was worth while just from the content alone, it was also a very fun read.  And while the title indicates this book is for dads, it is really for anyone who wants to be able to read people better.

          ~Reviewed by Vincent E.

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            Parenting Without Borders

            Parenting Without Borders
            By Christine Gross-Loh PH.D (May 2, 2013)
            Avery
            Retail Price $17.00
            Amazon Price: $12.10

            Book Description: 

            Research reveals that American kids lag behind in academic achievement, happiness, and wellness. Christine Gross-Loh exposes culturally determined norms we have about “good parenting,” and asks, Are there parenting strategies other countries are getting right that we are not? This book takes us across the globe and examines how parents successfully foster resilience, creativity, independence, and academic excellence in their children. Illuminating the surprising ways in which culture shapes our parenting practices, Gross-Loh offers objective, research-based insight such as:

            • Co-sleeping may promote independence in kids.
            • “Hoverparenting” can damage a child’s resilience.
            • Finnish children, who rank among the highest academic achievers, enjoy multiple recesses a day.
            • Our obsession with self-esteem may limit a child’s potential.

            Review

             

            Living in America, we classically think the way we do things is the best way, including how we parent.  This book helps us to take a global view of parenting by showing us what parenting success looks like in other countries.  I found this to be very enlightening and actually life changing. The author gives several hands-on examples of how other cultures raise calm, smart, respectful children. I learned a lot and began implementing some of the strategies in my own family with great success.

            ~Reviewed by Allie B.

             

             

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              Middle School: The Inside Story

              Middle School: The Inside Story
              By Cynthia Ulrich Tobias and Sue Acuna
              Tyndale
              Retail Price $14.99
              Amazon Price: $12.30

              Book Description: 

              Remember middle school? Many parents would rather not. It’s often a rough ride, filled with insecurity, peer pressure, awkwardness, and world-rocking change. This book provides practical, hands-on advice for helping your child through this minefield—with information about what he or she is really going through, but isn’t likely to share.

              Best-selling learning-styles expert Cynthia Tobias and veteran teacher Sue Acuña reveal what they’ve found by listening to kids when parents aren’t around—and give you insider tips on how to bless your middle-schooler with success in class, at home, and in relationships. Topics include advice for keeping communication lines open, predictable physical and social issues, and solutions for problems like self-centeredness and over-the-top emotions.

              Review

              This is a fantastic book for parents and teachers alike that will help you to understand the mind of the middle-school student.  You will gain insight not only into HOW they think, but WHAT they are thinking about, and the culture that they are immersed in.  This book was filled with great suggestions and the authors made use of stories and quotes from middle schoolers.  They share share better ways of communicating about a variety of topics where parents often miss the mark.

              The middle school years are difficult, no doubt.  But I remember talking to one of my kids favorite teachers and she told me that she truly enjoyed teaching this age group.  In fact, when she was deciding which grade to teach, she decided to teach middle school because she felt that “these kids deserved a teacher that liked them.”  This book will help you to become THAT teacher or parent who actually LIKES this age group.  This book is a winner.

              ~Reviewed by Helen M.

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                Ordinary Miracles

                Ordinary Miracles: Awakening to the Holy Work of Parenting

                Ordinary Miracles
                By Rachel S. Gerber
                Herald Press
                Retail Price $12.99
                Amazon Price: $10.48

                Book Description: 

                Where is God in the midst of temper tantrums, laundry, and accidents? In this honest, devotional memoir about mothering three busy boys, ordained Mennonite minister and blogger Rachel S. Gerber gives voice to the grit of parenting with stories of hope. Like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, who failed at first to recognize the Christ walking beside them, Rachel learns to discover the gifts and holy calling hidden in the events of harried family life. Overburdened parents will find encouragement in Rachel s own story of how, in her darkest hour of disorientation, in the most mundane and ordinary days of motherhood, and in moments of exhilaration, joy, and beauty, God is present.

                Ordinary Miracles offers hope and a sense of purpose in the midst of the exhausting and harrowing days of parenting young children. It is an invitation to consider where God surprises us in the midst of ordinary life, awakening our inner sight to see that as we care for our children, we love and serve the God who created them.

                Review

                If you have young children, you need this book.  This is my all-time favorite parenting book, and I’ve read dozens. While so many authors give parents specific how-to tips and make us feel like failures if we don’t follow their advice exactly, Gerber shows us it’s a tough but fulfilling, and often hilarious calling to raise young children.  The author does an excellent job of telling it just as it is…crusty milk and cereal covered floor and all! She shares thoughts  and encouragement for the exhausted mother of young ones.

                ~Reviewed by Lindsay L.

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                  The Spiritual Art of Raising Children with Disabilities

                  The Spiritual Art of Raising Children with Disabilities

                  The Spiritual Art of Raising Children
                  with Disabilities
                  By Kathleen Deyer Bolduc
                  Judson Press
                  Retail Price $16.99
                  Amazon Price: $12.82

                  Book Description: 

                  Are you there, God? You have to show me how to raise this child. Because the skills I’ve learned over the years just aren’t working here. I’m helpless, Lord. I can’t do this on my own!

                  Statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau report that 2.8 million children in the United States have a disability. That means more than 5 million parents, grandparents, and caregivers have probably offered up a prayer like this. Raising a child with a disability is hard work. Where do you go for solace? For rest, refreshment and renewed joy? We know where to go for our kids, but where do we go for ourselves?

                  Author Kathleen Deyer Bolduc knows these feelings from experience. She and her son navigated through his childhood and now approach yet another new life phase – – adulthood – – and all that entails. In The Spiritual Art of Raising Children with Disabilities, Bolduc uses the metaphor of the mosaic to life as parents of children with disabilities. How do you rearrange the fragmented and chaotic pieces of your family into a perfectly whole and beautiful work of art? Readers are walked through the process using the spiritual disciplines to help you recognize God’s presence in your life and regain the balance we all need.

                  In this book, writer, parent, and spiritual director Kathleen Deyer Bolduc – – with honesty and humor, wisdom and wit – – invites the caregivers of children with disabilities to steep themselves in Scripture and self-reflection.

                  Key features:

                  • Provides a unique perspective of a parent raising a child with disabilities – – and dealing with it through faith and spiritual direction.
                  • Powerful, insightful, faith-inspired stories of other families who are walking similar paths.
                  • Exercises at the end of each chapter allow readers to reflect to find the beauty in the pieces of their mosaic

                  Review

                  This is a must have book for parents with kids with special needs. It’s hard enough to raise children, but add special needs and you need a little help with the challenge. Written from a Christian worldview, this book will help you answer questions about your faith, or lack thereof at times when life is overwhelming.  I would recommend this book to anyone with children with special needs. The author relays her own experience which helps you relate to what she writes.   It’s one of those books that when you read it you catch yourself thinking “I thought I was the only one who felt that way”.  If nothing else, this book is “real” and the author transparent.  I highly recommend it.

                  ~Reviewed by Sharon O.

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                    Smart Money Smart Kids

                    Smart Money Smart Kids: Raising the Next Generation to Win with Money

                     Smart Money Smart Kids
                    By Rave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze
                    Lampo Press
                    Retail Price $24.99
                    Amazon Price: $18.98

                    Book Description: 

                    Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze teach parents how to raise money-smart kids in a debt-filled world.In Smart Money Smart Kids, financial expert and best-selling author Dave Ramsey and his daughter Rachel Cruze equip parents to teach their children how to win with money. Starting with the basics like working, spending, saving, and giving, and moving into more challenging issues like avoiding debt for life, paying cash for college, and battling discontentment, Dave and Rachel present a no-nonsense, common-sense approach for changing your family tree.

                    Review

                    This combination parenting and personal finance book helps parents teach their children key money skills–such as saving, spending, budgeting, investing, and donating–that they’ll need to become financially secure adults. This book will help you teach your kids what money can buy–from school supplies to fun and games; how credit cards work and why NOT to use them, ways to watch money grow. Saving money isn’t about a piggy bank anymore. This book will teach kids all they need to know about the “green” they earn so they can save or spend it wisely.

                    ~Reviewed by David H.

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