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Parenting isn’t the easiest job in the world but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I want to know that I’m raising respectful individuals who are also ready and prepared for the real world. With Sweet B this hasn’t been too much of an issue because it’s another set of parenting skills all together for her. With Squeaker, however, I can start laying a solid foundation on which to build. And one way that I can do this is with the book, Motivate Your Child
As you know, if you’ve been here before, Squeaker and I were both baptized this past year. We were baptized together and after discussing this with Kyle, we have decided to raise her with a Christian background. That’s not to say that we’re going to raise her just with a Christian background but one that is inspired by Christianity. I want her to know the Bible, Jesus, The Ten Commandments, things of that nature. At the same time, I also know that the Bible isn’t the be all, end all authority when it comes to raising her. I want her to be cultured and aware.
That being said, I was eager to see how I could incorporate the principles and ideas from Motivate Your Child into our existing parenting skills.
The book is divided into two parts: Part One covers moral development and Part Two covers spiritual development. So, even though this book is written towards Christians (as the cover clearly shows you), I think that this could also work for a non-Christian who is looking to build up a strong moral character in their child. And if they’re interested or motivated to implement spiritual development, they could incorporate or adapt that as well to suit their needs.
That being said, I wouldn’t recommend this book to an outright atheist or skeptic but I think that it could also help a Christian family who might be struggling with their faith. Growing together spiritually as a family is a great way to strengthen a family, or at least I think so.
Part One, as mentioned above, covers moral development and builds good character traits in children. One of the first tools that you’re provided in the book is an honest assessment of your child. Sometimes it might be difficult to do this, but I also think that this is a necessary step if you’re going to commit to raising a morally upstanding child. And even though it might be tempting to overlook some of your child’s traits, you do need to be honest with yourself. I would have liked to have seen a similar assessment tool to evaluate ourselves as parents to supplement this tool.
Part Two then covers spiritual development and gives you ways to help build your child’s relationship with God. I like that aspect because it doesn’t focus on a singular denomination.
Since Squeaker is not even two, there isn’t a lot that we can use with her at this time. But, that doesn’t mean that I can’t use the ideas from this book as she continues to grow. Kyle and I are pretty confident in our parenting skills, but it also helps to have this book as one of our supplements.
About the Authors:
Motivate Your Child was written by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN. They are the founders of the National Center for Biblical Parenting and Biblical Parenting University.