The Joy of Letting Go: Releasing Your Teen into Real Life in the Big World

The Joy of Letting Go: Releasing Your Teen into Real Life in the Big World

by Vicki Caruana


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Parents let go of their children every day, even in ways they don’t realize. The 52 devotional readings within shine a light on all the times readers have loosened their grip on their children and encourages them to continue to let go in life-giving ways. Written by a parenting and education expert, The Joy of Letting Go will comfort and inspire parents in all seasons of parenting.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780781414678
Publisher: David C Cook
Publication date: 04/01/2017
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Dr. Vicki Caruana is the author of 20 books and the blog Apples & Chalkdust—named after her bestselling book that has touched the lives of a million educators around the world. Caruana is one of four parenting experts on Starting Points, Focus on the Family’s parenting DVD series. Formerly a public school teacher and a homeschooling mom, Vicki is now an assistant professor of education at Mount Saint Mary College in New York. She lives with her station wagon loving husband, Chip, in Newburgh, New York and has two grown sons in Colorado Springs.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 13

Introduction 15

Day 1 Degrees of Separation 19

Day 2 Do 1 Stay or Do I Go? 23

Day 3 I Can Do It All by Myself! 27

Day 4 Big Brother (Mother) Is Watching 31

Day 5 Alma Mother 35

Day 6 Lord, Shut My Mouth! 39

Day 7 Mother's Curse 45

Day 8 What's for Dinner? 49

Day 9 Financial Aid 53

Day 10 Careful Preparation 57

Day 11 Free Rangers 61

Day 12 Send Them Packing 65

Day 13 The Chick That Fell Out of the Nest 69

Day 14 First-Job Frustrations 73

Day 15 Milestones or Millstones? 77

Day 16 Freedom Isn't Free 81

Day 17 Two Steps Forward, One Step Back 85

Day 18 Work in Progress 89

Day 19 Letting Go, Giving In, and All the Rest 93

Day 20 Learning How to Shift 97

Day 21 Riding the Bus with My Siblings 101

Day 22 Lifeblood 105

Day 23 On My Honor, I Will Do My Best 109

Day 24 Do Not Enter 113

Day 25 Catch and Release 117

Day 26 Mom, I Blew My Head! 121

Day 27 My Son and I Don't Wear the Same Size 125

Day 28 Positive Ease 129

Day 29 Sunday Best 133

Day 30 Unmasked 137

Day 31 Picky Eaters 141

Day 32 Storyteller 145

Day 33 Homework 149

Day 34 The Fall of "Just You and Me" Days 155

Day 35 Baggage Claim 159

Day 36 Twilight Time 165

Day 37 Hot Rods 169

Day 38 Telling the Truth in Love 175

Day 39 Neverland 179

Day 40 Playing the Long Game 185

Day 41 Driving Miss Daisy 189

Day 42 Sleeping Giant 193

Day 43 Boot-Camp Basks 197

Day 44 Nearsightedness 201

Day 45 Camp Wannabegone 205

Day 46 Seeking a Second Opinion 209

Day 47 Out of Sight, Out of Your Mind! 213

Day 48 The Launch Cycle 217

Day 49 It's the Climb 221

Day 50 Don't Worry; Be Happy 225

Day 51 When the Leader Lets Go 229

Day 52 The Grass Is Always Greener 233

Bible Credits 239

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The Joy of Letting Go: Releasing Your Teen into Real Life in the Big World 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
KarenFromOregon More than 1 year ago
My first child is preparing to leave the nest--graduating in a few weeks, heading off to college in a couple of months. I'm happy for him, but still a little torn up inside. The Joy of Letting Go has been a wonderful help. It includes short tidbits of inspiration and peace reminding me that I'm not the only one going through this and also a gentle push to look for reasons to celebrate and take joy in this change. I was expecting a how-to type of book, but this is more like reading the words of a good friend who happens to have walked the same path and survived. I'm savoring it, reading a section each day. Thank you, Vicki Caruana, for writing this special book! I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
SarahSundin More than 1 year ago
With warm realism, thought-provoking questions, and Scripture, The Joy of Letting Go challenges us as mothers, while encouraging and affirming. In an era of “helicopter parenting,” the devotions serve as an excellent reminder that our parenting duty shifts from pure protection to helping our young people gain autonomy and competence. I strongly recommend this book to moms of teens and young adults.
SeasonsofGrace More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this little "devotional", although personally I wouldn't exactly call it that. To me it was more of a book of thoughts or collection of stories from a mom who struggled with the art of letting go. There wasn't a lot of Scripture reference or prayers. There were some quotes by famous people at the beginning of a reading and at the end of most a "Thought Poke", often with a verse to get your wheels turning. Each "devotional" was an experience Vicki or a friend had gone through, or an introspection about an area we may struggle with as a parent in letting go. I already have a older daughter who has been to college and gotten married. But I also still have younger children at home, and there are times when I feel the pull between letting go and holding on and have a difficult time finding the balance. Ultimately our children are in God's hands. Our responsibility as parents is to rear them to grow up to be mature adults, responsible, with good character and able to take care of themselves and their families. Many adults in today's society still seem to be living at home with parents and a lot of post teenagers are not really growing up. This book was insightful and helpful. I appreciated the readings and thought poke's Vicki provided. I was blessed with a copy of this book through Lit Fuse Blogger Group and was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.
KimberlyOaster More than 1 year ago
If your heart is hurting at the prospect of letting your teen go or if you are aching regularly as your twenty something separates from you, Vicki has words of encouragement for you. Her mix of personal stories and wise scriptures will give you an opportunity to remember how important it is to give wings to your fledgling, and to bathe your heart with hope for the future. Follow along as Vicki brings positive thoughts and assures us as parents how our faithfulness as moms and dads cannot be confused with the need to raise our children to be independent people. Happily, the format of one devotional a week offers plenty of time to ruminate on the truths held in the words. And it is one that will be read again and again.