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Modern Parents, Vintage Values [Kindle Edition]

Sissy Goff , Melissa Trevanthan
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Book Description

“What do I do when my son learns phrases in school that he is not allowed to say at home?” “How do I teach my daughter about gratitude when she feels entitled to have a cell phone and a laptop computer like all the kids around her already have?” More than ever before, moms and dads live in a culture that is against their parenting efforts. The growing sense of entitlement and attitude of disrespect among kids is cause for alarm. Though we can’t go back to an idyllic past, youth counselors Melissa Trevathan and Sissy Goff know we can still raise children who value, well, values. In Modern Parents, Vintage Values, they identify the top issues kids face today and address how to instill the classic character traits that will serve their sons and daughters well: kindness, integrity, manners, compassion, forgiveness, responsibility, gratitude, patience, and confidence.

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About the Author

Melissa Trevathan, M.R.E. first became a youth director at the age of 16. Since that time, she has been a teacher, retreat leader, head of spiritual life at a private school in Nashville, and is now founder and Executive Director of Daystar Counseling Ministries that began in 1985. Melissa has spoken across the country, including teaching graduate courses in counseling adolescents and has been a guest on television and radio programs throughout the United States and in Canada. She coauthored The Back Door to Your Teen's Heart, Raising Girls, Mirrors and Maps, and Growing Up Without Getting Lost. She is a regular speaker at LifeWay's You and Your Girl events as well as a popular speaker for parents and kids of all ages.

Sissy Goff, M.Ed., LPC-MHSP has worked as the Director of Child and Adolescent Counseling and the Director of Summer Programs at Daystar since 1993. She also has been a guest on television and radio programs across the United States and in Canada. A sought after speaker to parents and girls of all ages, Sissy is also a regular speaker at LifeWay's You and Your Girl events. She has written for CCM Magazine, ParentLife magazine, and a variety of other periodicals. She and Melissa Trevathan coauthored The Back Door to Your Teen's Heart, Raising Girls, Mirrors and Maps, and Growing Up Without Getting Lost.

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  • File Size: 668 KB
  • Print Length: 291 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Publishing Group (December 8, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HIM30Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #520,074 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for Modern Parents! February 7, 2012
Counselors Melissa Trevathan and Sissy Goff work in a counseling office of 8 professionals who see over 200 kids a week! They know what modern families are facing. They hear it every day. Despite the seemingly depressing environment, they still believe in the value of compassion, gratitude, kindness, patience, manners, integrity, responsibility and confidence. They believe there are timeless truths that every parent should remember while parenting today's modern kids (especially teens!)

The book is divided into 3 sections. In the first section, Melissa and Sissy share some scary stories of modern day issues facing the family. Whether a parent is walking with their teen through the valley of social media, peer pressure and lack of respect or they are trying to raise kids without the sense of entitlement, today's parents have a tough job.

There is hope: the second section addresses the vintage values that all parents hope to instill into their children. The best part about this section is they not only address how these values will look in children and teens, they also specify how to instill them into the specific ages! At the end of each chapter they take you on something they call "A Sunday Drive".

The final section called "Timeless Truths" introduces who enables parents to parent through the minefield of today's parenting environment. They answer those questions that haunt you. They bring home hope to the modern mom or dad.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It's not an easy-simple read. The information is meaty. Each chapter not only gives you a wealth of statistics, situations and results, they give you how-to information. The Sunday Drives are fun ideas to get you connected with your kids.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
And since we have no common sense a book like this can come in very handy. I am not trying to put anyone down, I'm sure I suffer from a lack of common sense myself, but the lack of people able to parent their children these days is abominable.

But how are they supposed to know what to do? So many who are parents now were raised in families where both parents have worked and the children were raised in daycare and school instead of at home. Again, I'm not coming down on people, I'm just stating the reality of our society at this time. So, essentially, if parents didn't "parent" you, how are you to know how to deal with your own children? Modern Parents, Vintage Values steps in to help parents understand issues children are facing today and how to deal with it as a Parent.

Melissa Trevathan, M.R.E. and Sissy Goff, M.Ed., LPC-MHSP, counselors at Daystar Counseling Ministries, sound like they have pretty much heard and seen it all in regards to children and their parents. Using the experience they have gleaned over the years, they offer parents practical, though not always easy, advice on how to deal with modern problems every family will face. Values are encouraged, such as kindness, gratitude, integrity, and many more while also dealing with the entitlement issue so many people seem to have. This is a great resource for all of us raising children these days.

I received this book free of charge from B&H Publishing Group through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Source November 10, 2010
Modern Parents, Vintage Values by Trevathan and Goff is an awesome book. I like how it is laid out, and you can browse through it to find what you are interested in and want to know more about. It is funny too how each topic; there is something I can relate to, something I was wondering about, something I wanted to learn more about. Far be it for me to tell anyone how to raise their own kids, so don't you dare tell me how to raise mine. But this book is not telling you how, it is a helpful guide, a source to go to when you are in need of guidance. I really enjoyed this book, and I did not think it would pertain to me at all, but it does!
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