Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Review of MOTIVATE YOUR CHILD by Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller

As a parent who is a Christian, I want my children to grow up knowing and loving Jesus. I also want them to develop the character they will need to be authentic in their pursuit of Jesus. What I love about Motivate Your Child by Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller is that they approach raising children from a standpoint of wanting to teach children to make right choices for themselves. Instead of external behavior modification, prompted by punishment or reward, the authors give parents solid advice on how to help their children develop character and intrinsic motivation to do what's right.

They do this by exploring the concept of motivation and the common approaches that people take before encouraging us to help our children become the kind of people who make right choices. The key to the whole strategy is freedom of choice by the children. Do we want our children to obey because they fear getting in trouble or because they want to genuinely do what God wants from them? If you raise a child to love God and his wisdom, then they'll likely be much more responsible teenagers and adults.

I love the strategies in the last half of the book. The authors outline specific things parents can do in their time with their kids to shape their children's spiritual development. This is a solid book for parents who want their kids to become people who genuinely and relentlessly pursue after God's will for thier lives.

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