Perfection is the enemy of parenting. Jim Daly sees and hears from mothers and fathers trying hard to pursue perfection. They listen to the best experts and read all the right books. When someone gives them a “World’s Best Mom” or “No. 1 Dad” coffee mug, they want it to be true. And they want their children to pursue perfection, too. It’s admirable for parents to be the very best moms and dads they can be for their children. But sometimes in so doing, they leave grace behind – both for themselves and their children. Jim believes that our quest for perfection, a quest that he believes is particularly strong among Christians, runs counter to God’s own boundless gift of grace. We can become Pharisaical parents, quoting endless rules and holding everyone to impossible standards. But God doesn’t want us, and our kids don’t need us, to be perfect. As parents, we’re called to simply do our best. And when we fail – which we will – we’re called to try again tomorrow. Though he’s the President of Focus on the Family, Jim does not promise that his book will be a catalyst for a perfect family. But it can help point the way toward a good family – one that feels safe and warm; one filled with love and laughter. This book will encourage mothers and fathers to embrace the messiness of parenthood and show grace to their own less-than-ideal children. Jim, through his own experiences, expertise, and array of stories, will lead both moms and dads to a better understanding of what being a good family is all about.
In a culture where anything goes, today's parents often feel they need super powers to raise their children. That's why Parenting Isn't for Superheroes-Everyday Strategies for Raising Good Kids is such a welcome breath of fresh air. A marriage and family counselor-and the parent of four children-Dr. David Clarke offers biblically grounded, proven strategies for winning the culture battle and raising healthy, well-adjusted kids. This "sanity kit" for Mom and Dad is often laugh-out-loud funny as Dr. Clarke shows parents how hanging up their superhero expectations and being a real hero to their kids is a lot easier-and a lot more fun-than they dreamed.
The 'You Can Do It' Guide for Hassled Parents from America's Best-Loved Family Advocate
Author: James C. Dobson
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Does your heart skip a beat when you think of all that could go wrong in the parenting years ahead? Anxiety is normal, but your worst fears don’t have to become reality. Speaking both as a therapist and a father—and drawing on a landmark study of thirty-five thousand parents—Dr. James Dobson helps you . . . prevent child-rearing troubles before they happen banish your guilt about hard-to-raise children protect your sanity during a child’s adolescence restore your energy when you’re facing burnout enhance your relationships with your kids With more than one million copies sold, this confidence-building classic will help you experience the full joy of parenthood—and what may be the greatest sense of fulfillment you’ll ever know.
From the bestselling author of Kingdom Man and Kingdom Woman, Raising Kingdom Kids equips parents to raise their children with a Kingdom perspective and also offers practical how-to advice on providing spiritual training as instructed in Scripture. Dr. Tony Evans begins with an overarching look at the need for Kingdom parenting, our roles and responsibilities in raising God-following children, and how to prepare children to take on the assignments God has for their lives. He then takes a practical turn, with examples and illustrations to help parents understand and provide specific training for kids in the power of prayer, wisdom, loving God’s Word, getting through trials, controlling their tongues, developing patience, the surrender of service, and much more. This book is for every dad or mom who wants to fulfill the parenting role God has given them—not just in raising healthy kids intellectually, physically, and socially, but in contributing to their child’s relationship with God and alignment under His plan.
52 weekly vignettes gleaned from our work guiding parents in finding their right way to parent
Author: Julie Freedman-Smith
Category: Family & Relationships
What do you do on those days when you love - but don't like - your kids? As educators, parenting coaches and parents themselves, authors Julie Freedman-Smith and Gail Bell deeply understand the day to day challenges of parenting. In 2002 they founded Parenting Power in Calgary to provide empathetic, non-judgemental support and practical skills to other parents facing similar struggles. In A Year of Intentional Parenting, Julie and Gail give busy parents one practical tip per week for improving communication with their kids, smoothing out persistent conflicts and acting intentionally. Full of straightforward, sometimes poignant, and often humourous advice, this collection will prove invaluable for parents who want to work through the trials of modern parenting with loving kindness and fun....
In No Perfect Parent, Just a Perfect Purpose, Tonya Milligan combines rational thinking with plenty of heart. Fueled by extensive experience and compelling personal stories, Tonya stirs up life-changing concepts that will apply across the generations, from first-time parents to grandparents.
A groundbreaking guide to raising responsible, capable, happy kids Based on the latest research on brain development and extensive clinical experience with parents, Dr. Laura Markham’s approach is as simple as it is effective. Her message: Fostering emotional connection with your child creates real and lasting change. When you have that vital connection, you don’t need to threaten, nag, plead, bribe—or even punish. This remarkable guide will help parents better understand their own emotions—and get them in check—so they can parent with healthy limits, empathy, and clear communication to raise a self-disciplined child. Step-by-step examples give solutions and kid-tested phrasing for parents of toddlers right through the elementary years. If you’re tired of power struggles, tantrums, and searching for the right “consequence,” look no further. You’re about to discover the practical tools you need to transform your parenting in a positive, proven way.
The new book from the bestselling author of Flesh Wounds. A funny and frank look at the way Australia used to be - and just how far we have come. 'It was simpler time'. We had more fun back then'. 'Everyone could afford a house'. There's plenty of nostalgia right now for the Australia of the past, but what was it really like? In The Land Before Avocado, Richard Glover takes a journey to an almost unrecognisable Australia. It's a vivid portrait of a quite peculiar land: a place that is scary and weird, dangerous and incomprehensible, and, now and then, surprisingly appealing. It's the Australia of his childhood. The Australia of the late '60s and early '70s. Let's break the news now: they didn't have avocado. It's a place of funny clothing and food that was appalling, but amusingly so. It is also the land of staggeringly awful attitudes - often enshrined in law - towards anybody who didn't fit in. The Land Before Avocado will make you laugh and cry, feel angry and inspired. And leave you wondering how bizarre things were, not so long ago. Most of all, it will make you realise how far we've come - and how much further we can go. PRAISE 'This is vintage Glover - warm, wise and very, very funny. Brimming with excruciating insights into life in the late sixties and early seventies, The Land Before Avocado explains why this was the cultural revolution we had to have' Hugh Mackay 'Hilarious and horrifying, this is the ultimate intergenerational conversation starter' Annabel Crabb PRAISE FOR FLESH WOUNDS 'A funny, moving, very entertaining memoir' Bill Bryson, New York Times 'The best Australian memoir I've read is Richard Glover's Flesh Wounds' Greg Sheridan, The Australian
How to Launch Your Kids Without Ejecting Your Spouse
Author: Vicki Hoefle
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Very few families are perfect. But looking from the outside in, through conversations in the grocery store or clicking through social media, oftentimes it seems we are the only ones struggling with raising our kids or aligning with our spouses on parenting. The reality is that so many families struggle. Vicki Hoefle, three-time author, parenting coach, and sought-after speaker, offers a fresh, practical roadmap for achievable family—and marital—harmony and happiness. Her strategies work for everyone: whether you have young children and are just starting the parenting journey; are beginning to experience the first challenges of raising children in the 21st century; or if you’re facing crisis, stress, or the effects of divorce. Hoefle inspires REAL families and shows them how to invest in the relationship, focus on what is important, and experience the joy of living in a healthy, loving family.
Describes complications that can occur during pregnancy and their treatment; offers advice for coping with multiple pregnancy, long hospital stays, enforced bedrest, cesarean delivery, and pregnancy loss; and includes advice for fathers
Peruse the thoughts and insights of great thinkers throughout the ages. Author/educator Daniel Taddeo has skillfully assembled, sorted and categorized a collection of 4000 notable quotables that speak to 900 relevant topics which focus on all the important aspects of living. They will stimulate the mind, touch the heart and lift the spirit.
A Parent's Guide To Raising Kids Overseas should be required reading for every parent who lives abroad... Let this book be your constant guide for action and solutions. Yes, it really is that good!"-Andrew Hallam, Author, Millionaire Teacher and The Global Expatriate's Guide To Investing Being an effective parent isn't about being perfect; it's about being intentional. Parenting is tough enough in your own backyard, so when an opportunity leads you and your family abroad, it seems like parenting takes on a whole new dimension. Dr. Jeff Devens, psychologist, counselor and twenty-two-year veteran educator in the international school community, skillfully addresses many of the issues parents face today in the context of living in an international setting and raising "third-culture kids." A must-have resource for parents, counselors, educators for: Learning strategies for guiding children toward greater responsibility and independence, even in situations where one parent may frequently be away from home due to work or deployment. Comprehending the allurement of technology for youth, especially social media, and providing boundaries with its use. Addressing issues of anxiety, attention, emotional regulation and related mental health issues common in international communities. Appreciating the differences between intelligence and life balance when it comes to kids making and owning age-appropriate choices. Recognizing the underlying reasons why teens use alcohol, why it's prevalent in host countries, and what parents, schools, counselors and liaison officers can do to help teens delay use. Helping kids and parents avoid the comparison trap in hyper-competitive academic schools and cultural settings. Understanding why parental values and beliefs matter more than ever when it comes to raising kids overseas.
Raising children is no easy task. No matter the child, no matter the situation, every parent longs for obedience from their offspring. God isn’t overbearing when He deals with us, and His example is perfect. There’s no question that kids want truth and love, as well as bonding and boundaries. Because God understands the human condition, He knows we learn best from hands-on experience, Jesus’ example, and the Holy Spirit’s empathetic examination of our hearts. We’re asking you to consider using the same parenting style with your children. Parenting by Design offers a more relational approach to raising children, relying less on rote obedience and more on walking with your children through their decision-making development. Forcing children to obey rarely works to build a healthy relationship that allows you to enter into their worlds and understand their decisions. This book will help you parent with grace and love, two key elements in motivating a child to obey.
how the new science of strength-based parenting helps your child and your teen flourish
Author: Lea Waters
Publisher: Scribe Publications
Category: Family & Relationships
Unlock your child’s potential by helping them build their strengths. As a strengths-based scientist for more than 20 years, Dr Lea Waters has witnessed first-hand how focusing on our children’s strengths, rather than correcting their weaknesses, can help build resilience and optimism, and offer protection from depression and anxiety. In this game-changing book, she argues that by throwing the ‘strength switch’ parents can encourage creativity, develop their children’s self-esteem and energy, and enhance achievement — and she offers easy-to-follow steps to teach parents how. With specific tips for interacting with your kids and your teens, The Strength Switch offers all the tools parents need to discover talents in their children, use positive emotions as a resource, build strong brains, and deal with problem behaviours and difficult emotions. This essential book will show parents how a small shift can yield enormous results.
Transforming a Financial Advisory Practice Into a Business
Author: Mark C. Tibergien
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Category: Business & Economics
A revised and expanded look at how to thrive and prosper in thefinancial advisory business A new and revised edition of the eye-opening, no-nonsensehandbook on managing and growing a financial-advisory business,Practice Made (More) Perfect is packed with industry insightand practical ideas that every leader and manager within afinancial advisory practice needs to know in order to get the mostout of their business. Regardless of how little time is availableor how seriously challenged a firm may be, this book contains theinformation that can help. The principles of sound management applyto firms of all types, and the tools provided in this book areguaranteed to be applicable under practically anycircumstances. Written by industry expert Mark Tibergien, one of the "25 MostInfluential" people in the financial services industry A new edition of a bestselling Bloomberg title Includes fresh insight on recent topics, including how advisorsresponded during the latest meltdown, the implications of the agingadvisory profession, the challenges of attracting and keeping bothclients and staff, the role of organizational design in a growingbusiness, recent changes in compensation planning andimplementation, and key information on leadership and management intoday's financial world Many financial advisers run their businesses as if acquiringmore clients will solve any and all problems, but without astrategic framework, more clients just lead to more demands andless time to meet them. The truly successful firm will buildstrategy, structure, and processes that will ultimately translateinto increased profits, cash flow, and transferable value.
One of the Greatest Gifts You Can Give To Your Children
Author: Maureen Murphy DeLucia
Category: Family & Relationships
Why not make a masterpiece of your life as a parent? In this book you'll discover... How many things you are already doing right as a parent... How you and your family can lead a calmer life... How you can strengthen your relationship with your children... How you can emphasize love and minimize the emotional aspects of parenting... How you can examine the values you wish to pass down to your own children... The key to becoming the best parent you can be is to develop the habit of consistency. When you say what you mean and do what you say, it gives your children a message of clarity. When you "keep your word," you teach your children about honesty and integrity in your everyday lives. As parents, when you truly live the values you believe in, and model them on a daily basis, you are giving your children two of the greatest gifts you can ever give them. DeLucia condenses over three decades of study and experience with parents and children to help you enhance the parenting skills you already have. You'll learn how you can make your most important vision of being the best parent you can be, a reality.
Rewriting the Rules for a New Generation of Parents
Author: Marc Vachon
Category: Family & Relationships
This Is Parenting on Your Own Terms Chances are, you'd rather not forfeit your happy, rested life the moment you become a parent. As a mom, you may want to keep your career, but aren't sure how to balance it with housework and childcare. As a dad, you probably want to witness your child's milestones, but a demanding job may get in the way. And what about time for yourself (never mind your sex life)? Marc and Amy Vachon were determined to beat this scenario when their first child was born. They vowed to sidestep the world's expectations of new parents and create a parenthood model that worked for them. Their strategy was to share everything-the good and the bad. They became peers in each area of parenthood: childcare, housework, and breadwinning. They also made time for themselves, and for each other. They shared the burdens so nobody was overwhelmed, and the joys so neither missed out on the fun. Drawing on Marc and Amy's experiences, as well as those of dozens of ESP couples, Equally Shared Parenting shows you how to create a balanced life that is rarely experienced by today's parents. It's not just about who vacuums and who does the dishes, or who brings in the paycheck and who tends to the kids. You'll learn how to look at every aspect of parenthood, money, careers, and your individual needs, so you can build a life that works for you both.