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Harvest House Publishers / 2006 / Paperback
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With reallife examples and biblical inspiration, this book examines the 10 best decisions parents can make to unlock the unique gifts inside their children, including temperament, goals, talents, spiritual development, and leadership abilities. Packed with creative, motivational tools and games that allow children to blossom and succeed, this resource is a great gift or parenting tool for parents who want their children to become everything God designed them to be.
Popular authors Bill and Pam Farrel are the parents of three active children. From their personal experience comes wisdom and encouragement for other parents. The Farrels offer ideas for loving and nurturing special needs, strong-willed, and prodigal children.
With real-life examples and biblical inspiration, this book examines the 10 best decisions parents can make to unlock the unique gifts inside their children, including
Packed with creative, motivational tools and games that allow children to blossom and succeed, this resource is a great gift or parenting tool for parents who want their children to become everything God designed them to be.
Bill Farrel: Bill and Pam Farrel are international speakers, authors of over 30 books, and relationship specialists who seek to help people become Love-Wise (www.Love-Wise.com). Their books include Men Are Like WafflesWomen Are Like Spaghetti (over 290,000 sold), Red-Hot Monogamy, Single Men Are Like WafflesSingle Women Are Like Spaghetti, and The 10 Best Decisions a Couple Can Make. They have been happily married for 32 years and are parents to three children, a daughter-in-law, and two small granddaughters. The Farrels live in San Diego, California. Pam Farrel: Pam Farrel and her husband, Bill, are the authors of Men Are Like WafflesWomen Are Like Spaghetti (more than 290,000 copies sold) and Red-Hot Monogamy. In addition, Pam has written 52 Ways to Wow Your Husband and The 10 Best Decisions a Woman Can Make. They are cofounders and codirectors of Love-Wise, an organization to help people connect love and wisdom and bring practical insights to their personal relationships.
Bill and Pam Farrel are the cofounders and codirectors of Masterful Living, an organization that provides practical insights for personal relationships. The Farrels are also regular relationship columnists. Their books include Men Are Like WafflesWomen Are Like Spaghetti; Every Marriage Is a FixerUpper; Why Men and Women Act the Way They Do; and Love, Honor, and Forgive. They have been married more than 25 years and have three children and a daughterinlaw.
Parenting is serious business, best handled proactively and on purpose. Parenting my seven children is the most vital investment of my life, as well as the most challenging task I'll ever do. I can use all the help I can get.
Being proactive is the theme of Bill and Pam Farrel's book, The 10 Best Decisions Every Parent Can Make. The husband and wife team recommend nine additional decisions parents should make while raising their children. Decide to be consistent; that character counts; to have a plan; to be creative; to be a student of your child; to partner with God; to build a network; to trust; and to celebrate.
Parenting requires boundless energy, diligence, and creativity. "When a tough time comes for you and your child, don't waste time worrying go directly to the top," the Farrels write. "Go to God and ask Him for a solution. Go to the best Christian leaders in the field. Go to the best doctors. Now is not the time to worry about hurting someone's feelings."
The 10 Best Decisions Every Parent Can Make reminds parents to slow down long enough to think through, and not react to, parenting challenges. There are issues to go to the mat for, but the condition of your child's heart is more important than the length of their hair. The Farrels emphasize the importance of yearly evaluations of each child's spiritual development and setting goals for the next year. As they get older, children are presented with additional privileges and responsibilities.
"Instead of dictating your teens' behavior and forcing your will on them, plan to transfer to them bit by bit the responsibility for their lives," the authors said. The Farrels do this by establishing "Learner and Leader contracts" with their children, listing clear guidelines and consequences concerning entertainment choices, driving the car, and dating standards.
Involved in full-time ministry, the Farrels are the parents of three sons, one grown and married, one college age, and one in high school. The book is a window into their parenting experiences.
Though it starts out slow, the book quickly picks up speed and provides good take home value for the reader. Several times Pam Farrel describes that her prayers during a crisis were answered by a supernatural peace. For those who cry to God in desperation but don't receive that supernatural peace, God is still in control and still worthy of our trust and faith.
When you can't pray yourself or for an inspiring jumpstart, pages 135 and 136 offer prayers for wisdom, godly influence, and inner strength for your children. Each chapter ends with suggestions to put each decision into practice. The template contracts and questions for family discussions are worth the price of the book. Whether you are a two-parent home or a single parent family, The 10 Best Decisions Every Parent Can Make will help you focus on the important. PeggySue Wells, Christian Book Previews.com
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