No More Perfect Kids: Love Your Kids for Who They Are    -     By: Jill Savage, Kathy Koch
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Frustrated with your kids? Keep in mind that they're created in God's image, not your own! One of the best gifts parents can give their children is to set them free to be all that God created them to be and release them from unrealistic expectations. Writing in a friendly tone with practical ideas, Jill Savage and Kathy Koch, PhD provide inspiration and tactics for dealing with tough parenting issues including perfectionism, contentment, digital technology, uniqueness, disobedience, weaknesses, change, purpose, and helping children with special needs.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Moody Publishing
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 7.5 X 5.5 X .56 (inches)
ISBN: 0802411525
ISBN-13: 9780802411525
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Love Your Kids for Who They Are.

Mom and dad, your kids are created in God's image, not your own. Jill Savage and Kathy Koch will guide you in truly appreciating your kids. They will teach you how to study and become an expert on your children, because you cannot fully embrace them until you truly know them.

Written in a passionate, candid, and personal tone, the authors will instill within you hope and contentment. You'll be inspired to apply the practical, realistic, and relevant ideas and tactics Jill and Kathy share.

Special needs kids will also be addressed in the book.

Author Bio

JILL SAVAGE is an author and speaker who is passionate about encouraging moms. She is the author of six books including Real Moms...Real Jesus, Professionalizing Motherhood, My Hearts At Home, and Is There Really Sex After Kids? Featured in Focus on the Family, Today's Christian Woman magazine, and Family Life Today, Jill is the founder and Executive Director of Hearts at Home, an organization designed to encourage, educate, and equip women in the profession of motherhood. Jill and her husband, Mark, have five children and make their home in Normal, Illinois.

DR. KATHY KOCH is the Founder and President of Celebrate Kids, Inc., a Christian ministry based in Fort Worth, Texas. She is an internationally celebrated speaker who has influenced thousands of parents, teachers, and children in over 25 countries through keynote messages, workshops, seminars, assemblies, and other events. She also blogs regularly at www.DrKathyKoch.com.Dr. Kathy's newest book, coauthored with Jill Savage, No More Perfect Kids: Love Your Kids For Who They Are, helps parents understand why they must get to know their children to parent them wisely. How Am I Smart? A Parent's Guide to Multiple Intelligences helps parents understand their children's learning strengths. Finding Authentic Hope and Wholeness: 5 Questions That Will Change Your Life provides a solution-focused, enriching approach to real problems. Her book, Screens and Teens: Connecting with Our Kids in a Wireless World, will be published in March, 2015.Dr. Kathy earned a Ph.D. in reading and educational psychology from Purdue University. She was a tenured associate professor of education at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, a teacher of second graders, a middle school coach, and a school board member prior to becoming a full-time conference and keynote speaker in 1991.

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  1. Book Loving Mom
    Texas
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    They Aren't Perfect, and Neither Am I
    May 11, 2014
    Book Loving Mom
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    "Children have no control over their ability. They do have control over how they use their ability - and that's a matter of character" (Savage, Jill and Kathy Koch. No More Perfect Kids, pg. 206).

    I have been blessed to be a part of the launch team for Jill Savage and Kathy Koch's new book, No More Perfect Kids. These ladies are phenomenal in their writing and encouragement to parents everywhere. This is not just a book for moms; it's for anyone who parents children.

    I think it's easy sometimes to forget that your children are little people with minds and emotions. We want the best for them, we want them to be so much more than we were, and in doing that, we can have very unrealistic expectations of them. This book answers questions of how to show our children that we love them, that they are important to us, and guiding them to find their purpose in life. Not only are the chapters honest and easy to understand, the appendix gives valuable and usable information that parents can use in practical ways. For example, there is a chapter called "Character Qualities to Develop in Your Children." How helpful! It puts words to the thoughts and goals we have, but this book provides realistic ways to act.

    Obviously, Jill and Dr. Kathy have a heart for parents and kids, and it comes through in the material they've written so eloquently. This book does not make any accusations of parents' mistakes in raising their children, but it does cause parents to think about the ways in which they engage with their children. I don't know about anyone else, but I've made many parenting blunders, and I'm grateful to know that there's a way to change and repair what might have been broken by my own hand.

    I wrote an email to Jill after reading No More Perfect Moms, and I was asked if she could use it for this book. I said yes, so my story is written, too. It was a tough time for me, but what healing came knowing I'm not alone.

    We all have parenting stories of not knowing what to do, but if you will read this book, I can say that if something starts to go awry, or you think, "I don't know what to do in this situation," the concepts written here just may come to the forefront of your mind and give you hope, too.

    I definitely recommend that all parents read this book cover to cover. It's helpful, insightful, and encouraging.
  2. MrsKparrish
    Virden, Illinois
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 23, 2014
    MrsKparrish
    Virden, Illinois
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
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    All mommas, new or otherwise, should read this book. It's a great follow up to No More Perfect Moms. I learned so much about my self as a parent and about the precious babies I am given to raise. Jill and Kathy speak wisdom and truth from scripture to the hearts of mommas!
  3. Julia Reffner
    Fairport, NY
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Must Read for All Moms
    April 22, 2014
    Julia Reffner
    Fairport, NY
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
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    Do you ever struggle with expectations for your kids? Are you looking to your kids to fulfill dreams in your own heart? Do you struggle with being a perfectionist? Chances are you may not even realize some of the expectations you have put on your children. I know I didn't before picking up this book. Social media, listening too closely to the voices of others, and our own misconceptions can stifle the growth of our children into who God created them to become.

    Most moms struggle with the gap between the imagined and the "real" child. Jill Savage and Kathy Koch attempt to teach moms to embrace who your children are rather than who you wish they were. Each chapter includes stories from real moms just like us who are learning and growing from their mistakes in the motherhood journey.

    How do we encourage our children when they do make mistakes? Savage and Koch offer practical ideas for offering grace to our children and showing them that they are not defined by their worst moments (a lesson perhaps most moms need to learn as well).

    After applying this loving acceptance, we can learn to help them with the process of change to live out all that they are in Christ.

    No More Perfect Kids concludes with an extensive appendix section including: age-appropriate tasks for your children of all ages, Bible verse prayers, a dictionary of character qualities you might be attempting to develop in your children, scriptural blessings you can pray over your children, and a children's reading list with character building books for all ages. There is also a leader's guide with questions. These questions are excellent reflection questions to expand on the book.

    Practical, engaging, and true to the everyday experience of moms, No More Perfect Kids helped me to realize the expectations I had unwittingly put on my children and showed me the reality of embracing the beauty and difficulties of parenting. It helped me see how Christ is using my children to mold and shape me as well as them. Highly recommended for all moms.
  4. Jody W
    Scottsbluff, NE
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This is the book your kids,grandkids or other kids
    April 18, 2014
    Jody W
    Scottsbluff, NE
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    Gender: female
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    This book isn't just for parents..... it is for anyone that has an influence in a kids life! As a new Mom, I am SO glad I read this book as it will help guide and groom me to make sure I am not setting unrealistic expectations for my kids. As I read the book, I couldn't help but think about how I interact with all kids, not only my own - my nieces, nephews, friends kids, etc.

    If you do one thing for yourself this year, it is to pick up this book and read it, but not only that apply it and constantly remind yourself of the ways to make sure we aren't expecting our kids to be perfect!
  5. blomberg4
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    Raising Imperfect Kids
    April 1, 2014
    blomberg4
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    As moms we see our children make so many mistakes and without realizing we make them to, we quickly resort to frustration. This book will help us come into terms with our imperfect kids and help us embrace them for who they really are. Jill and Kathy came together to give us a breath of fresh air when our patience is running low. This book had some wonderful insights on realizing that our children are not perfect and how we can celebrate our children for who they really are. I loved how this book reminds me the impact I have on my kids when it comes to being content and just being happy with our kids regardless of their actions.

    "If we're always setting higher and higher expectations, our children can get the idea we're never satisfied. Just when they achieve something, and they think we'll be happy and they can relax, we announce something else we expect them to do. When e don't acknowledged they have met our expectations, they easily assume we're not satisfied."

    "Content parents don't constantly compare themselves to others. They're more grateful for what they have than concerned about what they don't have. Adults who are content with themselves will want their children to be content."

    "How important you believe your children are drives your behavior toward them. It's different from love. It's about placing an appropriate value on them not just because they are your children but because they are people worthy of your best. They've been entrusted to you. Place an appropriate value on your children because they are people worthy of your best."
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