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Winning the Heart of Your Child: 9 Keys to Building a Positive Lifelong Relationship with Your Kids

Winning the Heart of Your Child: 9 Keys to Building a Positive Lifelong Relationship with Your Kids

by Mike Berry


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Many of us enter parenthood with a perfect vision of what our family will be. But along the way we discover that the children we've been blessed with are real human beings, with their own minds, ideals, and views of the world. Our influence only goes so far, and when those children reach the pre-teen and teenage years, it may seem to have disappeared completely. Yet at no time in a kid's life is their parents' positive, godly influence more critical.

For parents who are concerned that their child is pulling away, following poor role models, or making choices that will lead to pain and difficulty, Mike Berry has good news: it's not too late. He offers parents nine keys to maximizing and leveraging their influence to help their children through these difficult years and develop a relationship with them that can weather any storm.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801093692
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 794,189
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Mike Berry is the cofounder, along with his wife, Kristin, of the award-winning parenting blog Confessions of an Adoptive Parent and the support and resource site Oasis Community. He is a featured writer and influencer for Disney website Babble.com, and his work has also been featured on Yahoo Parenting, The Good Men Project, The Huffington Post, RightNow Media, Michael Hyatt's Platform University, and goinswriter.com. A sought-after speaker, he travels across the U.S. extensively throughout the year to camps, retreats, and conferences. Before becoming a full-time author and speaker, he spent 17 years in family life ministry in churches in Ohio and Indiana. He lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, with his wife and their eight children.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 13

Introduction: From My Heart to Yours, So We Can Win Theirs 19

Part 1 The Great Misunderstanding

1 Winning the Argument but Losing the Heart 27

Pick the Right Fight

2 Boundaries Built with Love 35

One Essential for Parenting Influence

3 What the Gilmore Girls, Buddy the Elf, General Patton, and Mr, Strickland Share in Common 45

How Not to Parent Your Child

4 The Ugly Stepsisters of Parenting 57

Create a New Parenting Pattern

Part 2 Parenting for the Win

5 Everything I Know about Influence I Learned from My Mother-in-Law 71

Key 1: Blend Love and Discipline for Influence

6 Fourth Place Can Win 79

Key 2: Understand and Embrace "The Shift"

7 You Need a Bigger Circle 89

Key 3: Amplify Other Voices of Influence

8 Time Is Not on Your Side 99

Key 4: Use Your Time Wisely

9 Be Fully There 115

Key 5: Stay Involved with Your Kids

10 I Would Rather Be the Tortoise 123

Key 6: Commit to Consistency

11 Hollywood Lied! 135

Key 7: Love No Matter What

12 A Parent's Greatest Enemy 153

Key 8: Listen to What Is True about You

13 Potato Salad and Headstones 163

Key 9: Leave a Lasting Legacy

Part 3 Moving Forward

14 The Hats Parents Wear 177

Defining a Good Parent

15 Eyes on the Prize 191

Parenting Is a Long-Term Investment

16 Direction Determines Destination 201

Parenting with More Than Good Intentions

17 Worth the Fight 209

Notes 215

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