Growing Kids with Character: Nurturing Your Child's Potential, Purpose, and Passion

Growing Kids with Character: Nurturing Your Child's Potential, Purpose, and Passion

by Hettie Brittz


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In Growing Kids with Character, Hettie Brittz helps you identify your child’ s natural bent and how that affects your parenting journey. Hettie’s famous tree metaphors show ways to let kids excel at being who they naturally are. Learn how to:
  • Cultivate your child’s unique way of encountering, following, and worshipping God
  • Disciple and discipline based on your child’s very own blueprint
  • Recognize your child’s strongest characteristics and apply that knowledge to everyday life
  • Speak your child’s unique dialect (or “tree language”) to foster effective communication
  • Help your child recognize and celebrate God’s individualized design for others
Discover how to use kids’ God-given personalities to guide them on their spiritual journeys and firmly establish their identity and purpose in Christ. Find the joy of parenting by a child’s natural bent and God’s supernatural wisdom!

Plus! Your paperback copy of Growing Kids with Character gives you access to an unlimited number of discounted online profile assessments for all of your children!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781434712530
Publisher: David C Cook
Publication date: 03/01/2018
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 394,173
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Hettie Brittz is a South African–born author, international speaker, and a foremost voice in parenting advice and personality styles. She is the author of (un)Natural Mom, the developer of the Evergreen Parenting Course, and the codeveloper of Tall Trees Profiles. She heads up Tall Trees Consulting (USA).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 13
Introduction 15
1. On Your Marks, Get Set, Grow! 21
2. Each Sapling according to Its Nature 35
3. Their Own Kind of Natural 51
4. Parenting the Palm Tree 65
5. Parenting the Rose Bush 97
6. Parenting the Boxwood Tree 143
7. Parenting the Pine Tree 177
8. A Whole Nursery under One Roof 211
9. Hybrid Trees 235
10. Keeping Perspective 253
Addendum: Spanking and the Biblical Mandate 257
Notes 271

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Growing Kids with Character: Nurturing Your Child's Potential, Purpose, and Passion 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
bellesmoma16 More than 1 year ago
Growing Kids With Character (2018) by Hettie Brittz is a Christian Non-Fiction parenting text published by David C Cook. This non-fiction text comes in all forms including eBook, and is 272 pages in length. With a full-time job and a very busy five-year old at home, this book took me about three weeks to digest. This is not a book you want to go through quickly. There is a lot of good information to process, and I recommend taking the time to really read and understand the different ideas. I received a copy of this text in paperback form from the publisher, David C Cook, which I requested from Litfuse Publicity Group. I am not required to give a positive review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. I give Growing Kids With Character 5 STARS. What I recommend with this book: Read the introduction chapter — it is NOT a waste of time. Read chapters 1-3. These chapters set-up and explain the whole point of the book. And, they have excellent reminders and quotes to write down on Post-it Notes and put around your desk or wherever you put reminders up in your house. For example, my favorite quote — “A parent living surrendered to Jesus is a better example of a Christ follower than a parent who tries to fake perfection” (23). Such a great starting point with this book — we, as parents, have to be all about Jesus first before we can be the parents God wants us to be. And, fake won’t cut it! Make a list of HOW you prioritize your child[ren]. This is not to make you feel bad or good. This is to open your eyes to what you already do! Take the personality test with your child — if that is feasible. Obviously, a newborn will be no help in this situation! LOL! Thoroughly read through each tree-personality chapter, and take NOTES! What I love about this book: Chapter breakdown The beginning of each chapter starts with an agenda so the reader knows exactly what to expect from each chapter. An example of that personality type An explanation of HOW TO nurture the personality type (so helpful) An explanation of HOW TO teach the personality type An explanation of HOW TO discipline the personality type effectively An explanation of HOW TO shape the personality type in the way God wants The HOW TOs are actually helpful and SHOW what to do There are scripts to follow. You may not use the script, but it’s nice to watch a scenario play out in your head. This book doesn’t make you feel bad for not knowing things! This may be what I like the best. There is ZERO condemnation here! I’m just super excited to have tools to make a better relationship with my daughter.
SeasonsofGrace More than 1 year ago
I was really impressed with the analogy in this book and what Hettie had to say about bringing up our children. Hettie uses four types of trees to describe each child's natural traits. She begins by using her gardening experience and how each seed needs a certain type of soil and nutrients. She talks about how it's important to study and learn about each type of plant just as we need to learn about our children and what type of environment they need to grow. She has a section for each personality type (tree type). I think this book is a great asset to parenting. Hettie shares some of her experience both positive and negative. I have personally learned quite a bit from it, and look forward to putting some of the ideas into practice. It can be read all the way through and then re-read to reinforce the parts that you want to use. I received a copy of this book courtesy of Litfuse Publicity, the author and publisher. I was not asked to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.