Live Love Now: Relieve the Pressure and Find Real Connection with Our Kids

Live Love Now: Relieve the Pressure and Find Real Connection with Our Kids

by Rachel Macy Stafford


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In Live Love Now, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Macy Stafford tackles the biggest challenges facing kids today and equips adults to engage them with humanness and heart, compassion and honesty to discover the deep, life-giving connection everyone is longing for.

What do young people need now more than ever? Adults who are Truth-tellers not taskmasters. Encouragers not enforcers. Guides not half-listeners. The good news is, it's not too late! No matter what's happened in the past, you can help the kids you love face the top stressors of today, including academic pressure, parental expectations, technoference, lack of purpose, isolation, and loneliness.

With illuminating, straightforward strategies, this guide reveals the importance of practicing acceptance, pursuing peace, and exploring wellness and purpose for yourself so you can be the kind of real, relevant, and lifelong role model young people are searching for. Engaging and thoughtful, each chapter includes moving stories from Rachel's personal journey as a mom of a teen and pre-teen along with illustrative narratives and prompts to help you reflect and take steps toward becoming the kind of adult young people trust.

Whether you're a parent, educator, older sibling, coach, or anyone in a role of leading young people, this book will help you meet the goal of raising and guiding young people to become resilient, compassionate, and capable adults.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310358640
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 04/28/2020
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 190,254
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Rachel Macy Stafford is a writer with one goal: to help people choose love as much as humanly possible. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Hands Free Mama, Hands Free Life, and Only Love Today; a certified special education teacher with a Master’s Degree in education; an in-demand speaker, and beloved blogger who inspires millions in her weekly blog posts at handsfreemama.comand through her supportive Facebook community, The Hands Free Revolution.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Truth Is the Beginning 11

Part 1 Be a Truth-Teller, Not a Taskmaster

1 Unseen and Unheard 21

Acceptance through Refuge 27

Acceptance through Reframing 34

Acceptance through Respect 44

2 Rejected 54

Belonging through Pledging 61

Belonging through Detecting 69

Belonging through Reaching 74

Part 2 Be an Encourager, Not Enforcer

3 Adrift 89

Anchoring through Empowerment 97

Anchoring through Invitation 106

Anchoring through Protection 116

4 Micromanaged 129

Independence through Confidence 138

Independence through Communication 147

Independence through Opportunity 155

Part 3 Be a Guide, Not a Half-Listener

5 Worried 169

Resilience through Overcoming 180

Resilience through Relating 189

Resilience through Listening 198

6 Not Enough 210

Worthiness through Discovery 220

Worthiness through Affirmation 229

Worthiness through Knowledge 237

Conclusion: "One Window," by Natalie Stafford 251

Afterword: We Are Okay 257

Acknowledgments 263

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