Intentional Parenting: Autopilot Is for Planes  -     By: Sissy Goff, David Thomas, Melissa Trevathan
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Intentional Parenting: Autopilot Is for Planes

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As a parent, do you sometimes feel you're "losing" yourself in the life of your child? This encouraging guide will free you to be a person in the midst of your responsibilities. Debunking common parenting myths, the authors help you better understand yourself so that you can be more playful, consistent, merciful, and connected to your children.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0849964547
ISBN-13: 9780849964541
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Publisher's 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.

Author Bio

Sissy Goff, MEd, LPC-MHSP is the counseling director for children and adolescents at Daystar. The author of five books, she is a frequent radio guest and contributor to magazines. Sissy has a master's degree from Vanderbilt University and is a sought-after speaker for parenting and teacher training events.

David Thomas, LMSW, is the counseling director for men and boys at Daystar. A popular speaker and the coauthor of five books, he is a frequent guest on national television and radio, and a regular contributor to ParentLife magazine. David and his wife, Connie, have a daughter and twin sons.

Melissa Trevathan, MRE is founder and executive director of Daystar Counseling Ministries. A graduate of Southwestern Baptist Seminary, Melissa has taught graduate courses, spoken to various churches and schools across the country, and been a guest on television and radio programs throughout the US and Canada. She is a popular speaker for parents, teachers, and kids of all ages.

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  1. Chris
    Laguna, Philippines
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    good tips
    May 21, 2013
    Chris
    Laguna, Philippines
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    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.
  2. Windsor, ON
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    Disappointed...
    May 4, 2013
    Windsor, ON
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    ‘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 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 I'm a Children's Pastor and I like to find new resources that I can share with families at my church. So I picked up ‘Intentional Parenting' 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 can't.

    I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
  3. mountains
    Alberta Canada
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An Awesome and Different parenting book!
    April 24, 2013
    mountains
    Alberta Canada
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.
  4. Sands0113
    Richmond, KY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good Book-good advice
    April 15, 2013
    Sands0113
    Richmond, KY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Intentional Parenting: Autopilot is for Planes

    WOW...I've actually been able to find the time to write again!!! :) YAY!!!!!!

    And, I've managed to read another book from my friends at Booksneeze!!! The latest book I read was titled, "Intentional Parenting: Autopilot is for Planes" written by Sissy Goff, David Thomas and Melissa Trevathan. I'll be honest, when I started this book it was really only because I couldn't find any other book to read on the site. I didn't really want to read about how I was being a bad parent or how to fix my parenting, but I'm glad that I decided to get the book. The book is written from three different perspectives and viewpoints because it is written by three different people. Sissy, David, and Melissa are all family counselors who work together. It was definitely interesting to see the different voices that come through the book. Now, onto to content.

    The twelve chapters of this book all deal with different parenting "myths/attitudes". I was pleased to see that many of them are "REAL"...not parenting out of anger, recognizing your child for who they are (and not who you were), the patient parent, the merciful parent, etc. Within each of the chapters, the authors ask meaningful and challenging questions that are designed to make you think about the type of parent that you are. They also give great advice and share some great examples of what they are saying. This book not only challenges parents to be intentional but it also gives some great and PRACTICAL ideas/ways of how to be just that It challenges us to INTENTIONALLY be:

    Patient

    The grown-up

    Balanced

    Consistent

    Playful

    Connected

    Encouraging

    Spiritual

    Merciful

    Hopeful

    Free

    I have only two small complaints about the writing...sometimes the different voices seem to be contradicting one other...or at least making things difficult to understand and also this book seems to be more geared to specifically handle teenagers...which will be great for me in about 10 years but my children are 3 and 4 right now. I think I would have liked it a little better if there were some more examples of being these things with younger children as well.

    Overall, I enjoyed the book and was able to take several of the things that they were speaking of and apply them to my family's lives. I would recommend that parents read this...but only if they want to truly have to look at themselves almost critically but unjudgingly. Good luck and may God bless all of our families and help make us intentional in all aspects of our lives.

    Disclosure of Material: I received a free copy of this book through the publisher's Booksneeze blogger review program, in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and all comments/opinions are MY OWN.
  5. crystal steimling
    PA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Truths every parent needs.
    March 23, 2013
    crystal steimling
    PA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When I picked up the book Intentional Parenting, it was for a two fold purpose. To learn, and to be affirmed. As I read and absorbed and pondered, I did learn, and I was affirmed. Parenting isn't just about the children, but about the parents too. Three writers coming together, bringing with them their honesty, their invaluable experience as counselors, social workers, executive directors, and yes, parents too, leaving the reader with 12 powerful attributes that go hand in hand with what it means to be intentional as parents and yes, as individuals. Have you ever stopped to consider what parenting would do to you, in you and through you?

    Homes and families don't just happen! We must be INTENTIONAL! To continue learning through all the stages of parenting, and even finding affirmation in the stages you've already walked through, pick up your copy today.....and then pass it on to a friend (parent).
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