As a teenager, I remember wanting to have seven kids with Del. I was a lifeguard in charge of on average of 50 kids at a time all summer long for most of my teen years. On top of that I was doing everything I could to become a teacher. Then when I became a parent, things didn’t go as planned in that arena because of many different factors. However, I’ve been richly blessed with three beautiful children. All of them challenge me in ways I never dreamed possible.
They say, “parenting is the hardest job you’ll ever do.” I can’t disagree with that logic at all. I can run a successful restaurant with my eyes closed. When it comes to parenting, there are many times I’m left feeling like I missed a big piece of the puzzle at the end of the day.
One of the pieces that I am always feeling like I’m missing is the power to get my kids motivated to turn into grown independent beings. I want them to realize that even though I give them a long list of chores to do each day, or I push them hard on their school work, it is all done out of love. The chance to review [easyazon_link identifier=”0529100738″ locale=”US” tag=”tidbitofexp-20″]Motivate Your Child[/easyazon_link] by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN was one I was eager to take.
Motivate Your Child is a book about using God’s word as your guide to how to parent. It focuses on teaching kids to use their internal motivation to hold themselves accountable. Considering I haven’t installed that into my kids, this book has become one that I’ve devoured. This reading material has loads of advice on how to teach children to be more responsible and respectful.
Honestly, I went into reading this book figuring I’d get the answer on how to deal with one of my kids’ attitude issues and find ways to fix that issue. I did get that, but the answer wasn’t in changing him. The answer was in changing MY mindset. Changing me is not always an easy thing because I have become VERY set in my ways.
That’s sad! How can I expect my kids to change if I’m not willing to do it? That’s not setting a superb example! In many ways, this book goes completely against how I was raised, but if I am honest, I feel that this book’s principles are way more powerful.
I recommend this book for any parent or soon to be parents. It will reshape the way you think about parenting. For some, it may be a case of speaking to the choir, but for people who had a very similar upbringing as me this is a very enlightening experience.
You can purchase Kindle version of [easyazon_link identifier=”0529100738″ locale=”US” tag=”tidbitofexp-20″]Motivate Your Child[/easyazon_link] on Amazon for $9.78. Personally though, I have both the Kindle version and the paperback. I appreciate the paperback one because I have many sections of this bookmarked and highlighted. Plus I was able to give a part of the book to my oldest son and have him read it. It helped that someone else was able to explain something to him that I’ve been trying to explain to him for some time now. It was the starting point for our attitude adjustments for us. Now we have a copy of it available for easy access.
If you purchase, Motivate Your Child between now and February 28, 2015 you can gain a lot of additional products worth $150.00 for free. You just need to order the book and keep the copy of your receipt. Then send an email with MYC150 Promo in the subject line with a receipt of purchase to [email protected]. Biblical Parenting will send you the link and a special code to access these downloadable videos, audio and written products.
I can tell you that the additional products are worth having too. There are videos for parents to watch and glean information. There is family activities to help teach kids ages 3-12 how to value correction more. Plus there is a resource for making Bible study fun. Since I’m not overly creative, these resources have come in handy.
What is your biggest struggle to motivate your kids?