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When Your Child Is Hurting: Helping Your Kids Survive the Ups and Downs of Life [Kindle Edition]

Glynnis Whitwer
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Book Description

Author, editor, and speaker Glynnis Whitwer identifies many of the inevitable hurts children experience--harsh reprimands from coaches or teachers, uncaring remarks from family members or friends, troubling misunderstandings between siblings--and gives parents practical, effective advice to handle these painful situations. She also gently helps readers identify their own personal fears, painful memories, and angry reactions and understand how those emotions cloud their judgment and interfere with effective assistance.

Warm, encouraging, and filled with heartfelt inspiration, each chapter includes

  • Life stories of how other parents successfully dealt with similar issues
  • Scripture memory verses for children and parents
  • Study and discussion questions for groups, parents and their children, or personal devotions

As parents realize they can't protect their children in all circumstances, they can gain confidence knowing they've taught their children to respond to life's everyday hurts in a healthy and loving way.

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About the Author

Glynnis Whitwer is on staff with Proverbs 31 Ministries, a speaker at special events and women's retreats across the country, and the author of work@home: A Practical Guide for Women Who Want to Work from Home. She and her husband, Tod, both work from their home in Arizona where they raise their five children.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1975 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (August 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002N2YM2U
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #461,172 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Book EVERY Parent MUST Read! September 22, 2009
When I first read the title of this book, I wondered if it was for me. Is my child hurting?

Having read Glynnis' writing before, I knew the pages in between would be filled with godly wisdom and faith filled advice for parents with hurting children.

But then I read the book. And I want you to know that this is a book EVERY PARENT MUST READ! Glynnis has written a book we all need because our children are always going through ups and downs in life, and we are here to help guide, encourage and support them through their life journey.

If you don't think your child is hurting now, wait ten minutes. They will sit the bench at their volleyball game, fail an exam, lose a best friend, or feel fat and ugly like they don't fit in.

You see, When Your Child is Hurting deals with everyday issues we all face, everyday stresses and failures we all must deal with. And as a mom of four, I am so blessed to have Glynnis' help along the way.

Her chapters include:

1 The Difference a Parent Makes
2 Dealing with Disappointments
3 When Words Hurt
4 Overcoming Fear
5 Managing Stress
6 The Pain of Loneliness
7 Turning Failure into Victory
8 Body Awareness
9 Hope After Loss
10 Anger - When Is It Wrong?
11 Investing in Your Child's Strengths
12 Overcoming Insecurity
13 Dealing with a Bully
14 Caring for a Child with a Physical Difference
15 When Your Child Learns Differently
16 Knowing When to Get Professional Help

With four children myself, I know I have spent many nights reassuring my daughter that she will find a best friend, my tween that she will be able to come out of her shell when she is ready, and my son that he does not deserved to be picked on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read! November 1, 2010
This is a great Bible study that every parent should read. But there's no reason to wait until your child is hurting and then quickly read this for damage control. This is a great Bible study to do before your child is hurting. The study questions at the end of the chapters encourage you to look at your own life to sort through negative behaviors that we as parents can unwittingly pass on to our kids.

Whitwer covers important topics such as bullying, stress, grief, anger, disappointment, as well as when to consider professional help. While she tells stories from her life and her children's, she doesn't claim to be an expert; just a fellow parent offering advice on what she has found works and why. Frankly, I'm tired of "experts" telling me they know my child. It's refreshing to hear Whitwer's take from the trenches.

I found this book encouraging and thought provoking and will be recommending it to many of my parent friends and my church. We can't put our kids in bubbles, but When Your Child Is Hurting can help parents and kids survive the hurts life inevitably brings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ADD THIS BOOK TO YOUR PARENTING LIBRARY! October 7, 2009
From the tender dedication to the final page of chapter 16 author Glynnis Whitwer graciously communicates that Jesus is the best model we have for preserving through life's disappointments. Infused by real life examples, supported by memory verses, encouraging words, and discussion or journal questions When Your Child is Hurting is an essential volume to add to your parenting library.

Pat Ennis is the establishing Chairperson of the Department of Home Economics-Family and Consumer Sciences at The Master's College and co-author of BECOMING A WOMAN WHO PLEASES GOD, DESIGNING A LIFESTYLE THAT PLEASES GOD, PRACTICING HOSPITALITY, THE JOY OF SERVING OTHERS, and author of PRECIOUS IN HIS SIGHT, THE FINE ART OF BECOMING A GODLY WOMAN.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Practical and Wise October 26, 2009
When Your Child is Hurting speaks to the heart of every mom with empathy, examples, and exhortation. It's true; we all want to protect our kids from hurt but that prohibits them from experiencing the harsh reality of life, developing character, or becoming healthily independent. The better - and the more reasonable - approach is to show unconditional love, support, counsel, and maturity. I felt the author wrote with compassion and, yet through stories, revealed her personal insights, shortcomings, and growth.
I like her attitude and approach, and recommend this book to all parents!

Brenda Nixon, M.A.
Conference Speaker and author of The Birth to Five Book: Confident Childrearing Right from the Start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Practical and Inspirational! August 31, 2009
Women's speaker and staff member with Proverbs 31 Ministries author Glynnis Whitwer writes and speaks of what she knows best. Mothering. Whitwer is the mom to three sons and two adopted daughters and is passionate about offering moms and dads insightful, caring information on how to traverse the parenting journey as Christian believers. This author opens her text by admitting how difficult it was to write this book as she had to revisit her own childhood...growing pains and all...while simultaneously addressing her tender mom fears and concerns as her own children faced tough growing up challenges.

In this text, Whitwer covers a gamut of real life parenting touchstones that frequently have parents stymied and frustrated. What moms and dads will glean from every chapter is the foundational premise that God is present, active, and ready to offer needed wisdom, strength, and grace for every situation. Whitwer candidly discusses her own limitations, moments when she felt alone and out of control, and how God had to take her in hand and challenge her to trust Him with outcomes that didn't appear too friendly. Throughout this work, readers will find themselves agreeing with the author's conclusions about living the faith journey out as parents who continually seek to model Christ and His lifestyle by adhering to biblical principles, making scripture promises personal, and by doing periodic self-checks via Whitwer's chapter-by-chapter questions.

In each of Whitwer's sixteen topics the author provides real life examples from her own parenting experience, helpful memory verses, and an interesting set of Encouraging Words quotes from famous authors/speakers/noteworthy authorities.
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More About the Author

Glynnis Whitwer is on staff with Proverbs 31 Ministries as the Senior Editor of the P31 Woman magazine. She is one of the writers of Encouragement for Today, the Proverbs 31 e-mail devotions, with over 500,000 daily readers. Her newest book, I Used to be So Organized, has just been released. Glynnis, her husband Tod, and their five children live in Glendale, Arizona. Visit or to learn more.

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