Modern Parents, Vintage Values: Instilling Character in Today's Kids  -     By: Melissa Trevathan, Sissy Goff
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Modern Parents, Vintage Values: Instilling Character in Today's Kids

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Modern Parents, Vintage Values focuses in on nine key values that are foundational for the character development of children: kindness, integrity, manners, compassion, forgiveness, responsibility, gratitude, patience and confidence. Each chapter has a section for children and adolescents with specific ways to foster character traits at various ages. Paperback.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: B&H Books
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X 0.64 (inches)
ISBN: 1433668815
ISBN-13: 9781433668814
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Publisher's Description

What do I do when my son learns phrases in school that he's not allowed to say at home?

How do I teach my daughter caution but not fear?

How do I teach my daughter about gratitude when she believes she is entitled to a cell phone and a laptop and everything else that not only she wants, but that all of the kids around her already have?

Melissa Trevathan and Sissy Goff hear these types of questions and many other comments from parents on a daily basis in their counseling office and at ministry events. Today, more than ever before, we live in a culture that is at war against our parenting. Between the internet, the media, the sense of entitlement that kids are living with, the disrespect . . . it is almost too much. We often wish we could move back to Mayberry, where our biggest concern was who had set off the firecrackers in the neighbor's garage. While those aren't the issues most parents are facing today, Melissa and Sissy believe we can still raise children who value, well, values. They provide a clear and possible path back to cultivating children who have a sense of character and groundedness, who may not be as rampant across playgrounds and parks as they once were. They paint the picture of how to raise children with manners and kindness and with a healthy sense of fear and respect both for their world and the adults around them--and to do so without totally disengaging from the realities of today's world. In short, they believe it is still possible to instill vintage values in modern kids.

Modern Parents, Vintage Values talks about the specific issues facing kids today, helping parents to more fully understand the challenges being faced. Yet Melissa and Sissy don't stop there. They focus in on nine values that are foundational for the character development of children: kindness, integrity, manners, compassion, forgiveness, responsibility, gratitude, patience and confidence. Each chapter is broken down into a section for children and adolescents, and specific ways to foster the specific value for the particular age. Modern Parents, Vintage Values offers parents timeless truths that can break through the chaos of today's culture and instill these truly vintage and important values in kids.

Author Bio

Melissa Trevathan, M.R.E. first became a youth director at the age of 16. Since that time, she has been a teacher, retreat leader, head of spiritual life at a private school in Nashville, and is now founder and Executive Director of Daystar Counseling Ministries that began in 1985. Melissa has spoken across the country, including teaching graduate courses in counseling adolescents and has been a guest on television and radio programs throughout the United States and in Canada. She coauthored The Back Door to Your Teen's Heart, Raising Girls, Mirrors and Maps, and Growing Up Without Getting Lost. She is a regular speaker at LifeWay's You and Your Girl events as well as a popular speaker for parents and kids of all ages.

Sissy Goff, M.Ed., LPC-MHSP has worked as the Director of Child and Adolescent Counseling and the Director of Summer Programs at Daystar since 1993. She also has been a guest on television and radio programs across the United States and in Canada. A sought after speaker to parents and girls of all ages, Sissy is also a regular speaker at LifeWay's You and Your Girl events. She has written for CCM Magazine, ParentLife magazine, and a variety of other periodicals. She and Melissa Trevathan coauthored The Back Door to Your Teen's Heart, Raising Girls, Mirrors and Maps, and Growing Up Without Getting Lost.

About the Book

More than ever before, moms and dads live in a culture that is against their parenting efforts. Between the Internet, media, and glamorization of criminal activity, the sense of entitlement and attitude of disrespect among kids is cause for alarm. Although we can’t go back to the 1950s, licensed youth counselors Melissa Trevathan and Sissy Goff know we can still raise children who value, well, values. In Modern Parents, Vintage Values, they identify the top issues kids face today and then address how to instill the classic character traits that will serve their sons and daughters well: kindness, integrity, manners, compassion, forgiveness, responsibility, gratitude, patience, and confidence.

Endorsements

Authors, Melissa Trevathan and Sissy Goff offer practical, sound advice in their latest book, Modern Parents Vintage Values. The book is broken into three sections: Modern Parents, Vintage Values, and Timeless Truths. Each section tackles tough issues that parents face today (such as internet safety, texting/sexting, lack of respect, sexuality, drugs, alcohol, cutting, self harm, etc) and offers tips, solutions and ideas on how to recognize warning signs and address these issues with your child. With over 60 years of combined experience as counselors and working with children, the authors definitely know their subject matter. I like how they took practical applications and interwove that advice with scriptural foundations and principles. I also like how the authors list vintage values (since so many of these appear to have fallen by the wayside) and they show parents how to teach and instill these into their children. Values such as kindness, respect, compassion, forgiveness, gratitude, integrity, and responsibility - all very important characteristics that parents should try to pass down to their children. A chapter is dedicated to each value and the author also defines the value and breaks it down, so parents can see what it should look like and how to demonstrate it. You cannot go wrong in purchasing this book. In fact, if you are attempting to raise a child (or children) in modern society, this book is a great resource to help parents educate themselves and better prepare their children to be honorable men and women. - Reviewed by Cafe Lily Book Reviews

More Endorsements

"Their ministry is unquestionably one of the premier bridge building tools between teens and their families."
-Dan B. Allendar, author and president, Mars Hill Graduate School

"Their expertise in helping childen through tough times on their way to adulthood, through a psychological and spiritual approach, has been proven time and again."
-Michael McDonald, GRAMMY Award-winning artist/songwriter

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    These two ladies have done it again. This is an eye-opening book filled with interesting facts and statistics about children and todays society. They clearly expose areas that christian parents have been too permissive in and thereby have allowed satan a foothold in the family.

    Melisasa and Sissy are counselors of youth through the Daystar Counseling Ministry. Their combined experience in working with children and youth make them extremely qualified to write this book.

    If you are a parent seeking a book that will give you biblical solutions to daily situations of parenthood this is it. This book will encourage, empower and equip parents.

    It is an easy, comfortable, and enjoyable read..much like a visit with girlfriends.

    Thank you B&H Publishing for this review copy.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 13, 2010
    Christy Lockstein
    Modern Parents, Vintage Values by Melissa Trevathan & Sissy Goff is a powerful resource for parents in a world when values seem to have gone by the wayside. Both authors are counselors at Daystar Counseling Ministries, so they bring a wealth of anecdotes about bad behavior and ideas to raise children in a Christian way in a secular world. The chapters focus on various virtues: patience, kindness, compassion, etc, that our children can be taught. Of course the most important lesson they impart is that our children learn through our example. When we act in a hypocritical manner, we can't expect them to get the message. Each chapter ends with a "Sunday drive" which are realistic exercises to use at home with your children to encourage growth in that specific area. The authors also break up the chapters into sections about younger children and then teenagers, because what works with one group won't necessarily work with the other. I appreciated how the authors never made me feel like a failure as a parent. The book is always encouraging, and while the authors have high aspirations for their readers, they are also recognize that parents are human and therefore fallible. It's a book I would recommend to anyone with children, regardless of age, as I found advice for my seven-year-old as well as my two teenagers.
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    May 29, 2010
    Cafe Lily Book Reviews
    Authors, Melissa Trevathan and Sissy Goff offer practical, sound advice in their latest book, Modern Parents Vintage Values. The book is broken into three sections: Modern Parents, Vintage Values and Timeless Truths. Each section tackles tough issues that parents face today (such as internet safety, texting/sexting, lack of respect, sexuality, drugs, alcohol, cutting, self harm, etc) and offers tips, solutions and ideas on how to recognize warning signs and address these issues with your child. With over 60 years of combined experience as counselors and working with children, the authors definitely know their subject matter. I like how they took practical applications and interwove that advice with scriptural foundations and principles. I also like how the authors list vintage values (since so many of these appear to have fallen by the wayside) and they show parents how to teach and instill these into their children. Values such as kindness, respect, compassion, forgiveness, gratitude, integrity, and responsibility all very important characteristics that parents should try to pass down to their children. A chapter is dedicated to each value and the author also defines the value and breaks it down, so parents can see what it should look like and how to demonstrate it. You cannot go wrong in purchasing this book in fact, if you are attempting to raise a child (or children) in modern society, this book is a great resource to help parents educate themselves and better prepare their children to be honorable men and women.
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