Monday, March 30, 2015

Book Review: Motivate Your Child

I recieved a review copy of Motivate Your Child by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller. To be completely honest, I haven't had a chance to read the book yet.  But from flipping through it, this looks like one I'm going to read next! In one of the first chapters, the authors, who write the book from a Christian worldview, discuss how the aim of this book is to raise kids who do things because of internal motivation, or because of what is right, rather than an external motivation more along the lines of Pavlov's dog and its bell. The book's chapters present a discussion on the topics presented and then bring it to life and let us see it in action with a story of a family using the ideas. The authors talk about taking the time to develop your strategies as a parent, and taking the time to choose your tone of voice, words and actions carefully, thus setting the example for our kids to think before they speak and act. This one hits a little close to home for me!

This book to me, seems to be one more about seeing parenting as teaching your child, developing character and spiritual growth. I am so looking forward to reading how to shift away from the frustration, repitition and behavioral change.  I'd definitely recommend this book to christian parents.

I will try to update again as I really dive in, but just flipping through has already convicted me of some of my parenting practices and excited me to have a different atmosphere in our home!

I recieved a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Book Review: Q&A A Day

I reviewed Q&A A Day from Potter Style. I was excited to try it as I almost bought the kids' version to do with my children.  I love the idea of it, and the book is really cute. Its a solid little hardback, about 6 inches tall and 1 1/2 inches thick with gold gilted edges. Each page has the date and space to answer a question every year for five years.  Granted, you have to be able to write small, as the space given is pretty tiny.

The issue I have with this version is that the questions don't really inspire me.  As I flip through it, I didn't find myself looking forward to answering the questions.  They felt more like work, like something I'd have to spend time figuring out how to answer.  So if you are an artsy poetic lover of words who wants to be inspired to journal, this will probably be up your alley.  For me, a busy mom with too many hobbies already, I don't see myself spending the time on it.  I'd rather spend a few minutes jotting memories of my experiences with my kids than figuring out  "how my parents would describe me", or writing down the last fruit I ate.

I recieved a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.