- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (February 14, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 076421912X
- ISBN-13: 978-0764219122
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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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The authors are Christian counselors, who have years of experience, and have backed up the information they share based on research, the Bible, and experience. I know many parents desire for their children to know who they are because of who Jesus is. But sometimes we as adults miss that! Spiritual truth matters and we need to know it and teach it, as the Bible has told us to do. We can not depend on our church or our children's Sunday school teachers. Here are some of the points you will learn more about as you read this book.
Teaching kindness matters more than being nice.
Learning to disagree with respect matters.
Be more concerned about our children's character and not happiness.
As parents we should teach our children how to take ownership, instead of blame or ignore, when they cause a problem or do something wrong.
Remind our children we all struggle, need God and community, this is a healthy way to live.
Learn to respond rather than react when we have a situation.
Teach empathy in action early.
Understand when conflict becomes competition.
Dealing with strong-willed children.
The warnings of being passive aggressive, instead learn to speak with strength and kindness.
Assume the best about people, assume the other person wants to be kind, assume they want to do the right thing. Give them the benefit of the doubt , when you are not entirely sure they deserve it. More than likely will provide a much better result, then assuming and accusing right away.
Teach kids to see themselves as valuable, that they are enough, and that they should build their confidence from a God who loves and knows them.
As parents we need to live out the Gospel in a way that speaks truth in the lives of our children.
Another great point about this book is it shows the difference between girls and boys as they go through the different child-age stages and potential stumbling blocks. The authors give great examples of issues and then provide building blocks for those issues for us to use to help as situations arise, to use to help prevent certain negative attitudes and wrong-doing.
"Ultimately your choice will either be determined by fear or by truth."
"A child's spiritual development is the only thing that science has shown to reliably predict fulfillment, success, thriving. New science is basically telling us what the old truths have always been saying. Faith is foundational! Your child's spiritual life matters most of all and science is now backing it up." Hallelujah I say!!
"The way you help God lay the foundation of their spiritual lives truly does make the most important difference in who they are and who they're becoming." So we should be helping our children discover their uniqueness, messiness, beloved identity is in Christ.
"Boundaries create safety and security. They may not be popular, but they are so important to healthy development~emotionally, socially, and spiritually."
**To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, Bethany House Publishers has provided you with a complimentary copy of this book. My opinions and review are my own.
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.
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