Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book as a member of the NCBP Blogger Launch Team. I was asked to write an honest review – and it will be (you know me) – but all the extra stuff was totally extra, and totally my choice to share it with you.
It’s here! As mentioned in my intro post, a new book has just come out called The Christian Parenting Handbook, and let me tell you – it’s awesome. Wait – no, it’s WAY AWESOME.
Let me tell you why…
Not only is it a great book, which I’ll share my thoughts on soon, but if you purchase it this week (through May 5th), in either print or Kindle format, you’ll get this:
The book is only $9.99 on Kindle, $10.36 on Nook, and $16.99 in print. Amazon and Barnes & Noble are already sold out of the print version! So, if you’re looking to get a print copy, you’ll have to buy it here. But, basically, for about $10-15, you’re getting $400 in extra resources, including:
- The Christian Parenting Handbook electronic versions for iPad, Kindle, Nook or any mobile device ($29.97)
- Say Goodbye to Whining, Complaining, and Bad Attitudes, in You and Your Kids Lesson #1 Complete Package including Lesson 1 on Video, MP3, Study Guide, and Children’s Lesson. ($59.95)
- Say Goodbye to Whining, Complaining, and Bad Attitudes, in You and Your Kids Lesson #2 Complete Package including Lesson 2 on Video, MP3, Study Guide, and Children’s Lesson. ($59.95)
- Teach Kids to Listen and Follow Instructions on Video, Workbook, MP3, Study Guide, and Children’s Lesson. ($59.95)
- Correction Ideas that Touch the Heart on Video, Workbook, MP3, Study Guide, and Children’s Lesson. ($59.95)
- Addressing Bad Attitudes in Kids on Video, Workbook, MP3, Study Guide, and Children’s Lesson. ($59.95)
- Everyday Parents CAN Raise Extraordinary Kids Session #1 on Video, MP3, Study Guide, and Children’s Lesson. ($59.95)
- How to Use The Christian Parenting Handbook 30-minute Video ($24.95)
IMPORTANT: To claim your premium, simply forward your purchase confirmation to firstname.lastname@example.org and they will send you your special product code for the $400.00 package.
And, as an added bonus, the authors and the National Center for Biblical Parenting are giving away some great prizes. You can enter at the end of this post. And that’s all in addition to the giveaway of other great parenting resources still going on here and here. You’d be crazy not to enter all three giveaways!
Okay, so let me tell you what I thought of the book…
The Christian Parenting Handbook is a great resource for any parent. My two are only 17 months old, and I am already using some of the strategies I learned from reading it. In fact, there’s even things in this book that could apply to marriages. The basic concept is that we should parent with our hearts to their hearts, to lead our children to become spiritually strengthened through discipline, and not torn down emotionally.
The book is broken down into 50 chapters – each with a parenting principle. Quick reads with not just instruction, but examples and application. To me, that’s key in any book being used in my home.
You need more than ideas… What you need to know is how. Implementation is hard, because that’s where things get complicated. Every child is unique, and every family has its own set of dynamics. Parents are eager to know how to take ideas and put them into practice. We’re going to help you with that.
Some of my favorite chapters were: Children Need to Learn to Work Hard (not enough do these days in my opinion), Teach Kids to Be Solvers Instead of Whiners (more on why this was a huge help with my son), Support Other Authorities Who Work With Your Kids (Hey, all my teacher friends, did you hear that?!), Discipline Kids Separately for Sibling Conflict (an important one considering mine are the same age), Don’t Practice in the Grocery Store – That’s the Final Exam, and Look for Heart Moments.
I loved how the authors encourage readers to begin with prayer, to build on a biblical foundation (meaning, the bible, not just this book), to think long term, remember what’s most important in each moment, and to focus on the heart. It’s not about changing in a day, it’s about cultivating a parenting style and raising Godly children. I also appreciated that the book addressed changes in the parents, not just the kids. Learning about how to accept parenting differences and how to communicate as parents is a huge part of learning to parent biblically.
So, how did it help me with my son? Well, he’s definitely the most problematic child right now. Not because he’s bad, but because he’s the most curious, the most determined, and so forth. In fact, pretty much everything our girl does that’s ‘bad’ has been from watching him. 😉 One of the things that irritates me and makes me the most frustrated with him is that he likes to do things his way (yes, already) and if he can’t do it the way he wants, he gives up and cries. He wants to crawl between the couch and the table, but he can’t fit. So, he stops and cries. And, cries. And then, mommy loses patience. He doesn’t try to find another route. No, he wants to go that way. The chapter, Teach Kids to be Solvers Instead of Whiners helped me see him in a different way. He’s not even talking yet, and he certainly doesn’t truly understand what I’m talking to him about, but just reading this chapter put things in a new perspective for me, and that’s the start of parenting biblically.
Don’t forget to buy the book this week and you’ll get over $400 in free parenting resources! And, leave a comment letting me know you did so I can chat with you about it! 🙂
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