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A Spiritual Growth Plan for Your Choleric Child (A Spiritual Growth Plan for Your Children) (Volume 2) Paperback – May 14, 2015
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"Raising 10 kids, I learned they don't come with one-size-fits-all temperaments even though they came from the same parents. Since understanding their temperament can make raising them easier, it is insightful for Rossini to use that knowledge to guide their spiritual growth. This book is an ambitious, well laid out work that will certainly aid many parents to lead their children to God."
- Patti Maguire Armstrong, Catholic author
About the Author
Connie Rossini gives whole families practical help to grow in holiness. She is the author of Trusting God with St. Therese and the free ebook Five Lessons from the Carmelite Saints That Will Change Your Life. She writes a spirituality column for The Prairie Catholic of the Diocese of New Ulm, Minnesota, and blogs at Contemplative Homeschool. She is also a columnist for SpiritualDirection.com. Her posts have appeared on Catholic Lane and elsewhere. She administers the Catholic Spirituality Blogs Network and owns the GooglePlus Community Indie Catholic Authors. Connie and her husband Dan have four young sons
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Connie begins with the first temperament, choleric, that of her first child. She writes that the choleric is the temperament most likely to make a noticeable difference in the world. He may become famous or infamous – a saint or a tyrant. She encourages the parents of choleric children with:
God placed an awesome responsibility in your hands when he gave you this child. It is your job to help him overcome the tendencies that could make him a tyrant and strengthen the tendencies that could make him a saint. But don’t worry! God never gives a responsibility without giving the grace and aid to complete it. Even when you make mistakes, God will be there to make good come out of them.
A Spiritual Growth Plan for Your Choleric Child is complete with specific suggestions to help choleric children grow in prayer and virtue, teaching tips for homeschoolers, books lists, examples of saints and heroes, Bible verses to memorize, lesson plans and templates.
Before giving steps in spiritual change, she explains that although each temperament needs a slightly different motivational technique, they share some basic similarities. She learned to take into account her phlegmatic-melancholic temperament in dealing with her choleric child.
Over the years, I have come to recognize several steps that I go through before I make a major change in my spiritual life. I used to believe that cholerics were unteachable, largely because I was going about things the wrong way. My successes with my son have made me see that he too follows the same steps.
Raising and homeschooling four sons makes Connie an experienced and wise mother in handling a choleric child’s relationships with his parents, siblings and those in the larger world. She knows that each parent has a role in leading the choleric child to greater self-control, providing a home atmosphere reflecting an authentic Catholic culture, defusing power struggles and modeling good communications skills and spirituality. Fathers especially need to help their choleric sons control their anger, feel and show compassion, respect women and the vulnerable and submit to God’s will. Fathers are influential in guiding their sons and daughters toward worthwhile opportunities and projects.
I especially liked what Connie wrote about giving the child a vision, such as servant leadership by studying the life of Jesus in Gospel stories. She suggests following a specific sequence when leading children in doing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy and not just go from first to last. Along the way the child is given saints and heroes to imitate that relate to the lesson plans, followed by lists of books and Scriptures specifically for choleric children.
The chapter on prayer development was profound and yet not complicated as she went through numerous forms of prayer methods. Then came examples of beautifully written guided meditations and I could imagine holy moments between parents and children.
Homeschooling parents and classroom teachers will find the plethora of resources stunning. Those teaching situations weren’t available to me in my child-rearing years, but I wish I’d had this book for guidance and support. My choleric grandchildren will benefit from what I’ve learned in this book. I look forward to reading about the next temperament in this series so my grandchildren.
If Connie Rossini’s succinct description of the choleric temperament seems to describe your child, then this is a book for the top of your reading list.
I only recently learned about the four temperaments by reading The Temperament God Gave You by Art and Laraine Bennett. And now that my oldest child is in middle school, I’m realizing that raising our children to be faithful disciples of Christ requires much more than making Rosaries out of pinto beans and Last Supper scenes from egg cartons.
I want to help my children deepen their spirituality as they mature. I want to help them develop a rich interior life and a meaningful relationship with God. But how do I do this? How do I reach this particular child with his unique personality in a way that will make sense to him?
Connie Rossini’s book holds the answers to all of those questions.
Jam-packed with practical tips and lessons, Connie starts her book with a clear explanation of the four temperaments, focusing on cholerics. (Watch for subsequent books covering the other three temperaments--soon to come.) Even if you have never heard of the four temperaments before, Connie will make you feel confident that you can correctly identify which of your children will benefit most from the concepts in this book.
After an overview of the meaning and means of spiritual growth, Connie leads the reader on a fascinating journey through the eyes of a choleric child. Parent-child relationships, sibling relationships, communication style, and even the items you choose to display in your home are all discussed from the choleric’s point of view. The chapter on teaching the choleric child, either in a homeschool or classroom setting leads into a detailed section on prayer development, complete with meditation exercises.
Connie provides an impressive list of saints and heroes, books, and bible verses that are especially appropriate for the choleric temperament.
The book concludes with detailed lesson plans for teaching the choleric child humility, becoming a servant leader, thinking before speaking, learning empathy, and carrying out the corporal works of mercy.
As Connie says at the end of her book, my choleric child “is destined to have a lasting impact on the world. Whether that impact is for good or for evil depends on the choices he makes. Will he use his gifts for God’s glory? Will he learn to humbly listen to others? Will he be a leader who serves, rather than one who lords over those under him?” Connie’s engaging book is sure to help you get to know your children better, so you can better help them make good choices. Pick up a copy today, and start building your own Spiritual Growth Plan for Your Choleric Child.