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Sometimes it’s not enough to teach your kids manners. For instance, take teaching your kids to refrain from picking their nose. While, that is certainly a worthy endeavor, I can’t help but hope that motherhood is more significant than teaching your kid proper (and much appreciated) public decorum. Is mommy-hood more than that? (Although, if you are successful in the nose-picking endeavor, do tell! We’re standing by ready to take notes).
So far, I’ve discovered that there is something far more challenging than the booger battle, and that is capturing my children’s hearts. Because good parenting is about more than making my children’s “good” behavior my final goal. So, instead of simply saying “no” to my kids all the time, true motherhood means helping my child to grasp the depths and condition of their own heart.
True motherhood means helping my child to grasp the depths and condition of their own heart.
Why does the heart matter so much in parenting? Because sometimes our hearts just don’t work right! That means even the “best” kid can’t truly be good enough (or good all the time). So, when you teach a child about the condition of their heart, it makes it possible for that child to comprehend their need of a Savior who is ready and willing to give them a new heart.
So, as part of Hive Resources “Back to Skool Edition,” we’re hosting a Book Fair to introduce you to two resources that teach you how to capture your child’s heart. And along with our book reviews, we’re giving away a free book to one lucky reader of HiveResources.com!
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Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd TrippWhile many books claim the title of Christian parenting, Shepherding a Child’s Heart, written by Tedd Tripp, is one of the first Christian parenting books to fully provide parents with biblical principles engaging the human heart. Tripp writes out of over 30 years of experience as a pastor, counselor, school administrator, and father.
Book Summary: Biblical parenting shouldn’t seek simply to raise good, well-behaved kids (ie: behavior modification). Rather, parenting strategies that are truly biblical in nature will seek to shepherd a child’s heart by teaching the child to understand the “why” behind their behavior (corrupted heart) and their need for outside assistance in effecting internal change.
Regret-Free Parenting by Catherine Hickem
Regret Free Parenting, written by Catherine Hickem, is one the latest motherhood books seeking to help mom’s “raise good kids and know you’re doing it right.” Hickem is founder of Moms International and a licensed psychotherapist – two qualifications that added to the appeal of the main title for me. My kids are only three, and I already have a list of regrets I wish I could forget.
Book Summary: More kids would turn out better (well-adjusted, emotionally healthy, God-dependent) if their mothers were more intentional in their parenting skills. For Hickem, the following areas of motherhood often lack intentionality: emotional intelligence, parental authority, self-control, and vision.