Friday, March 1, 2013

Book Review: Intentional Parenting

Book Description

This is about you, not just your child.

Regardless of age, parenting requires a certain amount of uncertainty. But you can be certain that your children look to you to help them discover who they are. And you can only offer that to the degree that YOU know who you are.

Over the years, Sissy Goff, David Thomas, and Melissa Trevathan have helped countless families through their ministry known as Daystar Counseling in Nashville, TN. Due to the unique setup of Daystar, each is frequently counseling not only the child but the parent as well. Having both perspectives provides an opportunity to speak into some of the most common struggles that parents face in today's fast-paced society.

Intentional Parenting is built around 12 chapters that each dispel some of the most common parenting myths and reminds all parents of truths that can empower them to be not only the parents that their children need but that God has called them to be.

The book helps you discover first who you are and then takes that healthy person into a discovery of being more intentional, playful, consistent, merciful, and connected to your children.

Understanding your child. Understanding you.

My Review:
I loved this book.  This book is about changing you, the parent.  It is about understanding how we are growing as we help our children grow.  One of the best "aha" moments for me was reading that... reading that God might just be using parenting in order to grow and develop us as His people.  Parenting is not always (or very often) all that easy.  It comes with so many responsibilities, thoughts and beliefs.  Are we doing the right thing?  Why isn't that working with this child?  What on earth do I do? 
This book doesn't answer all of those questions but it definitely helped me to view parenting in a completely new way and I like the new way.  It is about being a student, learning about our children.  God has made them who He wants them to be and we need to not only accept that, but work with it to help them develop into the best they can be.  I think that this is a book you can read and re-read and learn something new each time. 
Awesome book!  I definitely recommend it to all parents!!
I received this book for free in exchange for my honest comments and opinions.

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