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Over the last few weeks, I have been working on reading Motivate Your Child: A Christian Parent’s Guide to Raising Kids Who Do What They Need to Do Without Being Told by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN. Scott and Joanne are the founders of the National Center for Biblical Parenting, and this book is one of those wonderful parenting books. This 254 page paperback book is full of Christian parenting advice. The advice here will help you build internal motivation within your child. Not only that, but you will be able to help them have strong moral and spiritual development as well.
Do you have children who will only do things around the house if they get something in return? Do you have to have a chart for everything, and give out rewards for it too? These are just some forms of external motivation. External motivation makes a child think, “What’s in it for me”. Motivate Your Child will show you ways to change that external motivation to internal motivation, “What’s the right thing to do”. Not only that, but you will be given biblical references to help reinforce what you are trying to do. I have found, that if my kids can read it in the bible, they are more likely to follow it, than if I just tell them to do something.
Motivate Your Child teaches you, the parent, about moral development in children, such as conscience, doing what is right, compassion, and putting the conscience to work outside the house. You also get to learn about spiritual development in children, God’s plan, family time, and leading the child to Christ. This is not a book to tell you what to do to change your child…that is the kicker here. It tells us, the parents, how to change ourselves and how those actions will change our children. We can’t stay the same and think we can change our children.
While reading this book, I have found many little things that I need to change to make things different in the house. Like I mentioned, the kids love to listen to the bible more than to me. I love the way we are shown the biblical references to all the ideas given in the book. They back up everything with the bible, and therefore I am able to back up what I say with the bible. I found areas where I needed to change, and areas where I hadn’t even thought of before!
I have not been able to fully finish the book, or fully apply everything yet (dang cute babies!), but we are implementing everything as we go. That is the other good point about this book. It does not require you to finish the book before you can implement items. You can start as soon as you start reading the book. This is something that I love. If I am reading a book to change something in my home, I don’t want to wait to finish the whole book before I can use it. I want to be able to use what I am learning right away and this book lets me do just that!
Right away I was able to see results. I was able to see the kids listening a little more. Little Miss has been finding things that need to be done and helping do them, without being asked to do so. The boys are doing the same, although it is a little slower. I will take what I can get from them, and can’t wait to keep reading to find more things to implement.
I love this book. I love the idea of heart parenting and making those changes that help our children grow up into self-motivated young adults. If you feel that you are using too much external motivation and have children who are only looking out for themselves, you need to read this book! If you want to raise children who have a strong biblical foundation for all they do, you need to read this book! Heck, you just need to read this book!
At the time of this posting, you can get this book for $13.50.