Christian Parenting Handbook is a book that you will want to read and reread as your children grow and go through different stages of life. I have college age children and still find this material helpful! It's easy reading, practical, biblical advice that I will recommend over and over to the parents I come in contact with.
Are you a parent? Then this handbook is a must have resource for you. Every parent needs to constantly think about their parenting approach and this book has been the best resource that I have ever found to help do just that. This book is 50 short chapters (amazing for busy parents like me) and it is very practical. It is thought provoking and helps you through the planning/implementing process of taking on a heart-based parenting approach. It is a handbook that can help you now and long term as you move your kids into mature, productive, Christian lives.
You do not have to be a Christian to use this book, any parent who wants to encourage internal motivation instead of just correct behavior (which flows from internal motivation but isn't really the end goal), positive character qualities like respect, honor, empathy, initiative, and kindness, and who wants to have ideas to actually use instead of just theories must read this book.
I have read this book multiple times and learn something new every single time. I have three children and can adapt these approaches for each one of them at each of their ages. They aren't one size fits all, more like one idea fits all and you adjust the overall idea to fit each particular child. My oldest child deals with very explosive anger issues and these approaches have really helped us to give him the tools he needs to help manage his anger and express himself and what he needs. It's given us tools to help respond to him with the big picture and his development in mind instead of our own anger.
All our kids deal with sibling conflict and this book talks about dealing with siblings and teaching that our reactions are our own and can't be blamed on someone else.
My favorite chapter deals with a technique called the "wise appeal" and this one thing has saved us from so many arguments that that alone is worth the cost of the book!
I love that the chapters are really short; I can look up a particular topic that we are struggling with and read it in a few minutes and immediately be able to apply it. I won't say our family life is perfect, no one's is, but I can tell a definite difference in the tone of our family when I use the techniques described in this book. We are able to work through situations instead of getting stuck in endless arguments and find solutions instead of complaints. Even my oldest smiles when he is able to use the wise appeal to confidently ask for what he wants and express his desires in a way that more often results in a positive conclusion than our old way of complaining, fighting, and punishment. And that smile is priceless. :)
I love the short chapter format of the Christian Parenting Handbook. In just a few minutes I can learn a new tip or be reminded of an idea to improve my parenting skills! I especially love the flexibility and encouragement to make changes if one particular strategy stops working or doesn't work. Start with one skill until it becomes instinctual then work on another skill. Well done! Kirk Weaver, Family Time Training.
Thanks to Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller for yet another excellent book! "The Christian Parenting Handbook" is truly one of THE BEST parenting books that I have ever read! I am a huge, long time fan of all of their other resources, highly recommend them often, and even buy them as gifts for other parents! Our nation desperately needs Moms and Dads that raise their children Biblically. The 50 short, practical chapters make it easy to incorporate Bible-based parenting that aims at changing the heart of my kids, not just their behavior. Scooping up several copies to give as gifts_