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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Motivate Your Child by Dr. Scott Turansky

ISBN: 9780529100733
Publisher's Synopsis:
We need a parenting revolution!
Most parenting approaches end up encouraging children to ask the wrong questions about life: What’s in it for me? Are you going to pay me for that? What’s the minimum I need to do to get by?
But God’s Word gives us a better way to parent, one that builds strong internal motivation in children. When parents change the way they parent, kids change the way they live. This practical book explores a theology of internal motivation and then gives parents real-life solutions to equip their kids for life.
You’ll learn . . .
• how to parent in ways that build internal motivation so that kids don’t have to rely on you to get things done.
• the four promptings of the conscience and how to coordinate your parenting to take advantage of them.
• ways to energize your spiritual training with fun and creativity.
• how to help children respond to mistakes instead of blaming, defending, or justifying.
The greatest gift you can give your child is strong moral and spiritual development—this book shows you how. Every chapter includes practical examples of families applying the Bible to their current issues.
Join the revolution!

MrsK's Review:
Yes, oh yes, we need a parenting revolution. There is so much wisdom within these pages. If you are a parent, a grandparent, or an educator... this book is a must read. The organization is perfected as you embark on this journey for your children. Filled with meaningful Bible quotes, you will begin discovering quick and user-friendly conversations that will inspire every age. 

At first I began reading through these pages only to discover that I had to begin again. I searched for my hi-lighters and quick referencing tabs... and started over. This parenting guide "begs" to be shared. Our children are so valuable. Their future depends on our actions, reactions, and time invested in their "coping" skills. I remember when I first became a parent, how quickly I learned that I didn't have all the answers nor was I equipped with a set of directions as to the "how-to's" of parenting. In all of these years, many parenting books have entered my door, been tried, and some nuggets of wisdom worked. Yet, I never had the opportunity to connect my parenting with God's perfect will. Now I do!

Raising children who do what they need to do without being told is the goal of this guide book. Developing self-motivation in your child can be "hair-raising" without guidance. Choosing to "deliberately work on spiritual and moral development" is an investment in their character that will produce a life time of harvested wisdom. As their guardian, we are "giving them the "tools" to navigate life."
"Happiness may be found in the destination,
but character is built in the journey."

Have you considered using a "heart-based" approach to discipline? Instead of using motivators that are externally "rewarded," why not teach internal responsibilities. Teaching strategies of firmness, correction, consequences, and thinking beyond self. What is beneficial with this approach is the instruction that is centered between their heart and their minds:
  • Every day considerations about themselves and their activities (behaviors/choices)
  • Learning about responsibility (focus on others/tasks well done/time limits)
  • Growing into maturity (considering God's instruction and God's will for them)
"When you do something with all your heart,
it means that your motivation to get things done comes from inside..."
Does your discipline leave out the conscience? Our internal motivator helps us align our thoughts and actions with an internal obligation to manage oneself. What if your modeling, discussions, and guidelines taught them:
  • To do what's right
  • To deal with the wrongs
  • To be honest
  • To care about others
With this "guide book" you can "use areas of strength in a child's life to help them improve areas of weakness."
Are you ready to get started?
Go for it...
"Do not confuse the destination with the journey..."
Read, Re-Read, Discover, Practice, and plant seeds of wisdom that will blossom for a life time.

Amazing read that will continue to inspire your children for a life time.
Added to my shelf and shared with my children!
"I received this book for free from Book Look Bloggers for this review."
Meet the Authors:

Scott teaching photo  Scott Turansky has been a pastor and missionary for more than 33 years and is an author of several books. In addition to pastoring full time, Scott also conducts parenting seminars on Saturdays around the United States( He is the cofounder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting ( and has co-authored four books.
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 Joanne Miller is a pediatric nurse with 26 years of experience and the cofounder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting. She is the coauthor of seven parenting books.
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