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Posted May 4, 2013
I recently read The Christian Parenting Handbook by Dr. Scott Tu
I recently read The Christian Parenting Handbook by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller. Turansky and Miller are the founders of the National Center for Biblical Parenting and it shows! The strategies in this book are what they call "heart-based" strategies which basically means that the children will be changing not only their behavior but their hearts. I want this for my children. I do not want them following simply out of obedience, but also because it is the right thing to do. I don't seem to get a lot of resistance from my daughter, but I do get some whining so I love the chapter entitled "Teach Kids to Be Solvers Instead of Whiners". I like how the chapters are structured. They are short and to the point. They often have biblical verses to back them up and include some real-life examples. The real work is left to the parents, but these are some great jumping-off points when a parent may be at a loss for what to do. I would recommend this book to any parent who is struggling to parent their child based on biblical principles or just doesn't know where to start.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 29, 2013
¿Children don¿t come with a manual¿, goes the proverbial saying.
“Children don’t come with a manual”, goes the proverbial saying. Well now they do if you purchase the Christian Parenting Handbook. This book gets to the heart of the matter; pointing children’s hearts back to Jesus. Laid out in 50 easy to read chapters, the book addresses topics such as communicating emotions, sibling rivalry, punishment vs. discipline and more. The book inspires hope by turning the parents attention away from annoying behaviors to developing action plans that address deeper heart issues in a way that encourages and motivates the child and parent. A major nugget of truth from the book is “Instead of viewing discipline times as annoying detours on the path of life, they see them as opportunities to further develop character in their kids. A small change in perspective can make all the difference.” Because the book is comprised of 50 different strategies, it does not need to be read straight from over to cover, you can go to the table of contents and find the strategy most applicable for your current situation. This is a book you will revisit again and again as your children move through their ages and stages of development.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 17, 2013
I love the short chapter format of the Christian Parenting Hand
I love the short chapter format of the Christian Parenting Handbook. In just a few minutes I can learn a new tip or be reminded of an idea to improve my parenting skills! I especially love the flexibility and encouragement to make changes if one particular strategy stops working or doesn't work. Start with one skill until it becomes instinctual then work on another skill. Well done! Kirk Weaver, Family Time TrainingWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 16, 2013
Thanks to Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller for yet another
Thanks to Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller for yet another excellent book! “The Christian Parenting Handbook” is truly one of THE BEST parenting books that I have ever read! I am a huge, long time fan of all of their other resources, highly recommend them often, and even buy them as gifts for other parents! Our nation desperately needs Moms and Dads that raise their children Biblically. The 50 short, practical chapters make it easy to incorporate Bible-based parenting that aims at changing the heart of my kids, not just their behavior. Scooping up several copies to give as gifts…Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 16, 2013
If you have all the time in the world to read parenting books, t
If you have all the time in the world to read parenting books, this is NOT for you. If guilt is your motivation in parenting, you won't like this book. If you want a theoretical missive, you'll be disappointed. However, if none of those describes you, you may well love this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The Christian Parenting Handbook is:
1. Wise. The authors draw on their knowledge of Scripture, of children, and of parents from decades of practice in parenting - and of coaching and guiding parents. Their deep experience shines through with deep confidence in Scripture AND a sober view of human persons and the challenges of parenting.
2. Digestible. Written in 50 short chapters, this is the kind of book that you can easily read a chapter a day. (Most chapters you can read in less than 5 minutes.) It is perfect for busy parents who want to grow in wisdom, and need a nugget that isn't buried in a 30 page chapter.
3. Practical. The authors share actionable counsel from their wide experience. I found my imagination quickened by their practices and suggestions. Their encouraging (rather than prescriptive) tone helped me to latch onto the particular practices I needed to adopt rather than feeling overwhelmed at all that I'm not doing.
In my estimation, this is the kind of parenting book that CAN be used as a handbook. It is the kind that you can and will return to again and again for wise counsel.
Posted April 16, 2013
This is a great "all-around" parenting resource....the
This is a great "all-around" parenting resource....the info is comprehensive, and completely relevant, regardless of your children's ages. I have toddlers, but this book would equally benefit someone w/teenagers...the authors give practical, compassionate, biblical, heart-based advice. I've read some of their other books, and one thing I really appreciate about them is that they always give practical applications & ways to implement the changes they recommend...most authors will talk about the problems you face as parents, but fail to give strategies to correct the issues. For instance, if your child has an issue with meanness, focus on developing compassion...they give different ideas/suggestions on ways to do that. Personally, that was one of my favorites little tidbits from the book b/c it takes a "negative" characteristic, and focuses on building up a positive character quality, versus just tearing the negative one down....This is a very good "read", and I def. recommend it : )Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.