With each reading of this type of parenting book I am more and more impressed with the heart parenting approach.
As with the Motivate Your Child book, this one is well laid out and very easy to get into.
Each parenting book I have read tends to tell you (the parent) how to act and how to train your children how to act. How to “act” will do nothing other than help your child learn to “put on a show” around other people. This book though breaks it down to the literal “heart” of the parenting matter. This Action Plan is for the parent that feels there is a better way to parent.
There are numerous examples throughout the book of how to put into action all of the ideas suggested. Every few pages in this book there are areas that you can write down your ideas, thoughts, and plans.
Here are the areas of action planning that are listed in the book:
- Change in 40 days
- Where do you want to go?
- The map to get there
- Working together
- A place for firmness
- A vision moves you forward
- Spiritual energy = strength
- Coaching attitude
- Build the foundation from within
- Grow together
- Good theology makes it work
First and foremost I was immediately struck by how much work I still must do to make this parenting experience work and work well. I know, I should already know that but for some reason my good days make me think I’m doing this parenting thing just right…then a bad day comes along and side swipes me…and I remember that I have much work to do!
The other area that spoke to me the most in this book is that difference between firmness and harshness. All these years I though I was just being firm and it would seem that I was actually being too harsh.
Dragging emotions into any disagreement is always a bad idea, but pulling harshness into parenting is a down right horrible idea.
I have so much more work to do as a mom and this Action Plan is helping me see the well laid out path before me.
Planning is a key component in the book, just as the name implies. I am a horrible planner (or scheduler), so this is a bit more detailed than I would normally use. But for that reason alone it is more “doable” for me than any other way.
It is almost like a road map for me, one that has God liberally sprinkled throughout the way so that no matter which area I ultimately waylay, I can easily find my way back on track. He has my back and this book makes my parenting life so much easier than I thought before I picked it up.
I think that if you are the least bit concerned that your parenting needs a reboot and you are looking for a way to do that, then this just might be the book you are looking for. Each Christian parent needs a God plan and I think this one is straight on the mark.
Make a point to grab the Motivate Your Child book and this MYC Action Plan because with these two parenting books you are sure to find your way to your child’s heart and ultimately, make some God led changes.
I hope you enjoyed this latest book review and that it will bless you in your parenting journey.
In His Grace.