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Are My Kids on Track?: The 12 Emotional, Social, and Spiritual Milestones Your Child Needs to Reach Paperback – February 14, 2017
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How is Your Child Doing Socially, Emotionally, and Spiritually?
We have many tools for tracking our children's physical and intellectual development, but what about their hearts and souls? After all, how they develop emotionally, socially, and spiritually will determine who they become as husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, friends and co-workers.
In Are My Kids on Track? you'll learn the answers to such questions as:
· At what age should children be able to manage their emotions?
· When will they learn to empathize?
· How do they make their faith their own?
As you discover appropriate milestones for your child and encourage healthy development, you'll also learn the unique patterns of boys and girls, helping both genders flourish. Every chapter is filled with decades of experience, valuable research, and user-friendly practices to make supporting your child's heart and soul development a part of daily family life.
How can you raise courageous, compassionate, resilient, and empathetic kids? This book will help you answer those questions and more.
About the Author
Sissy Goff, MEd, LPC-MHSP is the Director of Child and Adolescent Counseling at Daystar. The author of seven books, she is a monthly contributor to Parenting Teens and ParentLife magazines. Sissy has a master's degree from Vanderbilt University and is a sought-after speaker for parenting events.
David Thomas, LMSW, is the Director of Family Counseling at Daystar. He is a popular speaker for parenting events and is the author of seven books. David and his wife, Connie, have a daughter and twin sons.
Melissa Trevathan, MRE, is the Executive Director of Daystar Counseling Ministries, which she founded in 1985. A graduate of Southwestern Baptist Seminary, she's written seven books and spoken at churches, schools, and graduate programs across the country.
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Each of the three sections of the book (emotional, social, spiritual) is further divided into milestones within those arenas. Emotional milestones discussed are vocabulary, perspective, empathy, and resourcefulness. Social milestones are awareness, reciprocity, ownership, and boundaries. And finally, the spiritual milestones are foundation, identity, mercy, and meaning. Within each of those sections, the authors freely acknowledge that boys and girls handle each of those milestones differently. The book offers clear descriptors and criteria, engaging examples, and helpful and hopeful suggestions for growth.
I've read a lot of child-rearing books, but this book stands out for its practicality and applicability. I have learned much, and I’m even considering using this book as part of our homeschool curriculum to help my teenage girls evaluate themselves in light of these twelve milestones. These authors truly understand the principle presented in the phrase, “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and yet lose his own soul?” A young person that can be on the dean’s list and yet cannot hold a job because he or she keeps mouthing off to the boss is not emotionally, socially, or spiritually ready for the world.
I gratefully received this book from the authors, publisher, and NetGalley in exchange for my unbiased review.
My girls are only one and two right now, but I can already see many of these fields at play in their development. Very soon I will start focusing on one chapter at a time to try to build up these skills in my own children (and me as well!) Early on, the authors make the point that many adults are stuck, having never mastered these milestones themselves. I was quickly able to identify areas in which I and certain loved ones still struggle. It was eye-opening to say the least!
Are My Kids on Track? is a book I would highly recommend to all parents or anyone who works with children and teens. Even if you aren’t a Christian I think the entire book is relevant.
I received this book for free from the publisher through the BethanyHouse Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions and thoughts I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255