Regret-Free Parenting: Raise Good Kids and Know You're Doing It Right  -     By: Catherine Hickem
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Regret-Free Parenting: Raise Good Kids and Know You're Doing It Right

Thomas Nelson / 2011 / Paperback

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No parent is perfect, but what if you could know that when your kids spread their wings, you'll have no regrets? Offering seven principles for confident motherhood, psychotherapist Hickem helps you usher emotionally secure, faith-centered adults into the world; and reveals how to establish and maintain a strong, lifelong relationship with your children. Paperback.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.44 (inches)
ISBN: 1595553231
ISBN-13: 9781595553232
Availability: In Stock

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Are my kids ready for the world? Did I teach them the right things? What if I made a bad decision that affects them forever? What could I have done differently?

Moms have a list of worries a mile long about their parenting. They fear they’ll spend twenty years raising children—only to discover they missed investing in and teaching the things that mattered. How can any parent be sure she won’t have regrets?

Now an acclaimed motherhood expert teaches the principles every mother needs to confidently raise her children. Catherine Hickem shows you how to:

  • Build companionship and trust
  • Live peacefully in the teen years
  • Maintain your position as the parent
  • Develop emotional intelligence
  • Know the difference between control and intention
  • And much, much more.

Most importantly, Hickem shows how to achieve intentional parenting. Everything important in life requires planning. And every mom knows her greatest legacy, the truest expression of her heart and hope for the world, is bound up in the way she raises her child. With a perspective rich in faith and tested by life, join Hickem and learn how you can achieve regret-free parenting!

“While mothering is the hardest job we’ll ever undertake, our Creator designed it to be the most rewarding, most powerful, and closest to grasping God’s heart.” —CATHERINE HICKEM, LCSW

Endorsements: 

"Have you ever picked up a book and as you read it became aware that this is more than just a great book, it's a gift from God at the perfect moment? That's how I feel about Catherine's book on parenting. If you are like me, you long to love your children well through all the ages and stages of their lives. But at times, the path ahead gets a little foggy….Regret Free Parenting reminds us of what we know to be true.  I am grateful for this book, I believe you will be too." â·•Sheila Walsh, Women of Faith Speaker and Author of The Shelter of God's Promises and Gigi, God's Little Princess. 

"Catherine Hickem, wisely reminds us that as parents of teens that 'they need us to be our best when they are at their worst.' Her advice to be the 'Keeper of the Vision' and to provide affirmation to our children during the difficult teen years is exactly the right message. Regret Free Parenting is an excellent resource for all parents! â·•Elayne Bennett, President and Founder of Best Friends Foundation and future author of Saving Our Daughters (Thomas Nelson 2012).  Elayne is married to bestselling author, former Secretary of Education and Morning in America host, Bill Bennett.

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Regret Free Parenting: Raise Good Kids and Know You're Doing It Right by Catherine Hickem is a book that teaches from the negative to the positive. Most parenting books provide checklists and lesson strategies on how to rear confident and well-adjusted youngsters. This book, however, offers case histories and profiles of parents (particularly mothers) who do a lousy job of nurturing their offspring and then proceeds to explain ways in which these circumstances could be avoided or, if already manifested, turned around. Hickem is a professional counselor who has worked in private practice, has counseled women in prison, and was the founder of Intentional Moms Ministry.

The book is sectioned into seven parts. Section Three focuses on ways to find peace when a child is going through the teenage years. Hickem explains that the brain is still forming during these years and, as a result, it does things impulsively, doesn't recognize potential danger, has trouble getting organized and setting appropriate priorities, and cannot estimate possible consequences of actions taken. As a result, parents have to be forgiving but also attentive and protective to some degree. If the teen sees that the parent is there for encouragement, advice, and direction, rather than just admonishment and disapproval, the parent-teen relationship will be more amiable.

One key aspect of all parenting, says Hickem, is to maintain a healthy sense of humor. She also is in favor of mentoring and befriending moms who are incarcerated, ill, or highly stressed. At first, these women will be defensive, with high walls around their hearts. But the minute you ask them to tell you about their children, they will either smile or cry, and either way an avenue of ministry is opened.

Hickem tells many anecdotes about her own children and she quotes passages of Scripture that help children deal with complicated situations. One time, her daughter was having a hard time with a classmate who was calling her names and making her life difficult. Hickem suggested they read Psalm 55 aloud and discuss it. The daughter discovered in these verses that God understood what persecution felt like, but He also wanted His children to strive to live in peace by offering forgiveness to offenders.

This book is not heavy psychology, but it is pragmatic. It provides foundational insights on rearing children from a biblical perspective and in a non-jargon readable way. – Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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