The Joy of Letting Go: Releasing Your Teen into Real Life in the Big World
The Joy of Letting Go: Releasing Your Teen into Real  Life in the Big World  -     By: Vicki Caruana
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Learn how to prepare your heart for your children's independence - whether they're just starting kindergarten or heading off to college! Caruana's 52 devotional readings will help you celebrate all the times you've already loosened your grip - and encourage you to continue letting go in life-giving ways. Inspiring thoughts for all seasons of parenting.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.30 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0781414679
ISBN-13: 9780781414678

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Parents let go of their children every day, even in ways they don’t realize. The 52 devotional readings within shine a light on all the times readers have loosened their grip on their children and encourages them to continue to let go in life-giving ways. Written by a parenting and education expert, The Joy of Letting Go will comfort and inspire parents in all seasons of parenting.

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Dr. Vicki Caruana is the author of 20 books and the blog Apples & Chalkdust—named after her bestselling book that has touched the lives of a million educators around the world. Caruana is one of four parenting experts on Starting Points, Focus on the Family’s parenting DVD series. Formerly a public school teacher and a homeschooling mom, Vicki is now an assistant professor of education at Mount Saint Mary College in New York. She lives with her station wagon loving husband, Chip, in Newburgh, New York and has two grown sons in Colorado Springs.

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  1. BookLoverKaren
    Oregon
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Like the words of a good friend!
    May 23, 2017
    BookLoverKaren
    Oregon
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    My first child is preparing to leave the nest--graduating in a few weeks, heading off to college in a couple of months. I'm happy for him, but still a little torn up inside. The Joy of Letting Go has been a wonderful help. It includes short tidbits of inspiration and peace reminding me that I'm not the only one going through this, and a gentle push to look for reasons to celebrate and take joy in this change. I was expecting a how-to type of book, but this is more like reading the words of a good friend who happens to have walked the same path and survived. I'm savoring it, reading a section each day. Thank you, Vicki Cruana, for writing this special book!

    I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
  2. Kelly Kiggins-Lund
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Must Read for Every Mom
    May 4, 2017
    Kelly Kiggins-Lund
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    As the single mother of a child with Autism, I often struggle to find a balance between nurturing and protecting him from the sometimes harsh world we live in and helping him gain the skills, knowledge, abilities, and self-reliance he will need to live an independent adult life. When I was recently granted the privilege of reviewing a copy of The Joy of Letting Go by Vicki Caruana from Publisher David C. Cook, I knew it was a book I had to read.

    The Book:

    The Joy of Letting Go: Releasing Your Teen into Real Life in the Big World is a 52 day devotional for mothers on releasing your children into the world with grace. We've nurtured them since the day they were born. We've protected them from harm. Our identity is deeply rooted in the title of Mom, Momma, or Mother. When it comes time for them to spread their wings and fly, we can sometimes be hesitant of allowing them the freedom they need to be independent. Raising a child with Autism, I have found myself often wondering what the future will hold. I have felt concern over letting my child out of my sight. What if he doesn't understand something and becomes frustrated? What if he has a meltdown? What if he cant self-regulate? Will the others with him understand or even know how to help him? Letting go can be a real challenge.

    In The Joy of Letting Go, Vicki says it best: "On the one hand, we are actively preparing our children for adulthood; on the other, we're holding on to still being needed. It's a tricky balance." Vicki offers a myriad words of wisdom to all moms who are or will soon be learning how to let go. She illustrates her points through anecdotal short-stories. Each devotional starts with a quote from a famous person. It is then followed by the devotional/anecdotal short-story. Next is a section entitled the Thought Poke in which a reflective question is asked. Lastly, a pertinent Bible verse is shared to end that day's devotional. I highly recommend this book to all moms.
  3. Kristie
    upstate NY
    Age: 25-34
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    must-read for mothers
    April 29, 2017
    Kristie
    upstate NY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
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    This is a book I will need to read many times, many, many times over the next several years leading up to the time that my children will be adults and heading out on their own. "The Joy of Letting Go" is a nice little book that is divided into 52 short chapters, one for each week of the year. Vicki points out that we are not letting our children go at the big milestones such as graduating high school or entering college, but really we are letting go of them each day of their lives beginning from birth as they meet each milestone. This book is a great reminder that once I became a mother, I will always be a mother, but that role will change and grow with my child. Each chapter ends with "thought pokes" that are great to reflect upon and help add extra insight from the reading of the book. This is a great collection of devotionals that have me seeing transitions differently and the process of letting go not quite as scary.
  4. Laura Taggart
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great read for parents of teens
    April 27, 2017
    Laura Taggart
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    We all want our kids to thrive as they leave the nest but our tendency to protect and provide can leave them at a deficit when they enter the real world. In her devotion, The Joy of Letting Go, Vicki Caruana shares her own experience as an educator and parent, offering practical wisdom for those moments when you dont know whether to support your child or let them struggle and find their own way. As Vicki points out- we can either choose to be their chaperone or their cheerleader. In 52 bite size reflections, she helps us think about how our involvement will help or hinder our kids with examples that are humorous, real, and poignant.

    Just so you know . . . I received a complimentary copy of The Joy of Letting Go in order to review it. I loved it and trust you will too!

  5. Deana
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    April 26, 2017
    Deana
    Quality: 5
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    I have not looked forward to the empty nest at all. Two of my boys are already on their own. I still have one boy at home who will be eighteen in October. It is exciting to here about him looking forward to college, but my heart breaks because then the empty nest starts. One of the hardest things I have had to learn is to let go and trust God. I loved the examples the author gives in the book of how the transition can be made easier . I love the way the devotional is set up with different topics and "thought poke" at the end of each chapter. She includes scriptures and such encouraging words.

    I loved when the author talked about milestones. Her story about her son driving long distance would have me on the edge of an anxiety attack. After reading how she handled it, I see that I am hindering my kids' growth by trying to step in and treat them like babies. One of my son's always says, "I'm an adult now." I just laugh knowing that he says that when I start nagging a bit too much. He may be an adult but he will always need his mom and dads support. Another story the author shared was about her kids solving an issue with an airline. I was very impressed by their determination to figure it out on their own. How many times have you stepped in to rescue your child, instead of allowing them to solve the problem themselves?

    The author is so right about relationships. "Tread carefully when your sons or daughters enter into relationships. Your opinion has the power to make them run toward or away from their future." It can be a very touchy subject, so I try to be careful what I say. I don't want them to get hurt, but sometimes it will happen. I found the book to be full of wonderful insights and I loved the different stories she shared about her family.

    I received a copy of this book from LitFuse. The review is my own opinion.
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