Intentional Parenting: Autopilot Is for Planes - eBook
If you are looking for a parenting resource book, Intentional Parenting Autopilot Is for Planes is a good read. The book is written by Sissy Goff, David Thomas, and Melissa Trevathan. It is published by Thomas Nelson. Based from the authors experiences in Daystar Counseling Ministries, they put together 12 chapters answering the most common problems that parents encounter. Parents need to undertstand that intentional parenting does not happen automatically. It requires understanding, courage and action from the parents to make it work.
May 21, 2013
Ã¢ÂÂIntentional ParentingÃ¢ÂÂ 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 child need but that God has called them to be. Topics include Being a patient parent, consistent, balanced, playful, connected, encouraging, spiritual etc. Each of these play an important part in being an intentional parent and understanding your child and understanding you.
I grabbed this book because IÃ¢ÂÂm a ChildrenÃ¢ÂÂs Pastor and I like to find new resources that I can share with families at my church. So I picked up Ã¢ÂÂIntentional ParentingÃ¢ÂÂ and sadly I could not get into this book at all. I believe not having my own children is a huge factor here, however the book just did not keep my attention or interest. I have read numerous other parenting books and this one was kind of a disappointment. I wish I could recommend this book, but truthfully I canÃ¢ÂÂt.
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneezeÃÂ®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
May 4, 2013
'Intentional Parenting: Autopilot is for planes' is written by three counsellors at Daystar Counselling Ministries in Nashville, Tennessee.
It aims to switch the parent's emphasis from the child being the problem to looking at the bigger picture and the active role that a parent must play in raising their (school-aged) children. It focuses on empathising with your child and looking deeper at the issues you are facing with them.
Each of the authors take turns in presenting the chapters, which cycle through the different traits they believe a parent needs to realise in themselves, from being patient to playful, merciful to consistent, encouraging to hopeful.
It is clear that they are passionate about counselling; enjoy working together; and have the skills to help a variety of parents and children navigate life.
Intentional Parenting is jam-packed with their ideas; anecdotes, and the thoughts of others. It is interspersed with questions throughout it's chapters, that may be uncomfortable to answer.
For where I am at, already trying to practise a lot of these ideas, I didn't find this book had quite the impact that I had hoped for. I did smirk at Sissy's emergency vet incident; tears welled in my eyes at the girl whose parent's words had such an impact over the course of her life; and I totally 'get' David disconnecting from Facebook.
I was distracted by the gratuitous use of other people's quotes, references to material outside of the book, loose real-life illustrations and the questions that broke up the flow of what I was reading.
It also didn't meet my other 'rule of thumb' for a great book, which is whether I couldn't wait to share its contents with those around me.
Several times in the book they recommend the 'Love and Logic' series, so I will be putting that on my reading list in the hope that in that I will find the encouragement that I need to keep being an Intentional Parent.
I received an epub copy of this book from the publisher through the BookSneezeÃÂ®.com programme in exchange for my honest review. There you have it!
March 18, 2013
An Awesome and Different parenting book!
I absolutely loved the idea of this book. A healthy parent produces healthy children, right? I had no idea the depth this book would go in its 229 pages. You are paying for a book to sit on your shelves, refer back to at times as well as your own mini counseling service. It was extremely insightful.
Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of parenting from the general sense. Most parenting books have chapters on discipline, dealing with things like dishonesty and disrespect, chores etc. However this one is different. The chapters are focused on attributes of a good parent and some background issues you might be facing if you are lacking in those areas. The chapters are on being patient, balanced, encouraging, grown-up, spiritual, hopeful and free. (Along with the topics listed in the book blurb above.)
In the chapters the writers give you opportunities to dive into your own experiences to discover where you are on the spectrum of those attributes and give insightful questions and ideas to prompt you through your own growth towards the characteristics of an intentional parent. Basically, unload your own luggage so you can focus on your child. I like that. It was a completely different style of parenting book I have ever read.
I recommend this book to all parents, grandparents. As a parent of teenagers I wish I had dealt with some of these areas when my kids were younger, but it is never too late to invest in your kids. So do it! Become intentional in all that you do for your kids.
Thanks Thomas Nelson and Booksneeze for the opportunity to review this book. It was offered to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review.
April 24, 2013