Give Your Kids a Break: Parenting with Compassion for You and Your Children first Edition
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~ Kenneth Logan, PsyD, Psychologist and Professor of Counselor Education, Western Seminary, Portland
"Kim's wise advice helped me learn how to validate a teen's opinion even when I disagreed with him or her. I learned to move from teaching teens tocoaching them. These skills and others helped me to foster truerelationships with my own children and now enhance my relationships with them as adults. In fact, the concepts are so valuable, I use these same skills to inform my counseling practice."
~ Carol Karkazis, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Roseville, CA
"Kim shares practical advice that is simple, makes sense, and issome-thing you can do. Her motto regarding parenting is 'It's all aboutthe relation-ship,' and she offers guidance to develop a compassionaterelationship with your kids. Her principles are in line with raisingresponsible and respectful children."
~ Betty Koons, Teacher and Mom
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Other books tell us what to do with our children. This book helps us learn how to be with our children. Kim offers clear guidelines as to how to be a “coach, encourager, and challenger” and develop that strong emotional relationship with our child that is more impactful than any parenting techniques. I cannot recommend it more highly.
“Self-compassion is a crucial practice for parents. If we continually give to others without nurturing ourselves, our emotional gas tank will be stuck on empty. By nurturing and supporting ourselves, we will have more emotional resources to give to our children. By forgiving ourselves for the inevitable mistakes we make as parents—remembering we’re only human and doing the best we can—we won’t waste precious energy beating ourselves up. Instead, we can learn from our mistakes and focus on the joy and meaning found in raising our little (or big) ones.” (2017, Fredrickson)
This is one of the most helpful parenting books I have ever read. Kim’s book provides clear guidance within the context of the challenges of parenting in today’s world. She is real about the realities of being too busy, tired, overwhelmed by social media, and so many other pressures parents experience. This book is filled with practical tools for parents that desire healthy relationships with our children in the hopes they will grow into healthy resilient adults.
I love that the author, Kim Fredrickson, shows us Jesus’ example as the basis for this in Matthew 9:36, “When [Jesus] saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless....” Isn’t that how we parents often feel as we try to parent as well?
Kim goes on to say, “Notice what it says and doesn’t say. It shows that Jesus saw that they were harassed and helpless, with no one to help. He responded with compassion and sought to meet their need. This verse doesn’t say that Jesus was mad at them or blamed them for the mess they were in. No, He responded with compassion and help. What a wonderful model for us.”
Frederickso has written another remarkable book here that every child will hope their parents will read.
Highly recommend, 5 stars.
Deb Gruelle, Author of Ten Little Night Stars
This season has been one of the very hardest in my life. Both physically, emotionally & spiritually. I feel like I’m trying to understand God & the purpose of prayer....and trauma. So, opening the book tonight & reading this page, brought me to tears.
This book has challenged me to be better for myself & my family!