I am told I would make a great professor. With my oldest son being in a constant state of rebellion (I fondly refer to him as my rebel without a cause as of late) I know all too well how often I fall into lectures. Every time thinking , this time it might work out differently. Suffice to say I was more than happy to review Taming the Lecture Bug and Getting Your Kids to Think by Joey and Carla Link of Parenting Made Practical, I also received the DVD also entitled, Taming the Lecture Bug and Getting Your Kids to Think. If you have children from the age of eight, all the way up, you may want to consider giving this one a peek!
This book is part of a series, “The Parent’s Night Out.” The ultimate goal. To get our kids motivated and thinking for themselves. Who needs to lecture and threaten and yell and nag when they have the ability and the desire to do the things that need to be done each day? (It sounds SO impossible right?) Yet the truth is, if we can get our kids to own their days and their responsibilities, things can be so much simpler.
I’m the first person to admit when it comes to my oldest son but I just don’t understand him. And I suppose as he gets older if it comes that much harder. I don’t know the right questions to ask. And I clearly don’t ask them at the right time.
There are some heart issues we’re dealing with. Unfortunately I need to read this book to recognize that myself. Do we recognize the specific temperament of our children? It really does make a difference and how we interact with them. We cannot guide them if we do not understand them.
How to soften that heart. Perhaps the answer is actually a question. If we ask the right questions and at the right time we can guide our children into one covering their own sin. Because it was only when they recognize and acknowledge the sending their heart that we can truly move forward and begin the process of restoration.
There was also a DVD provided; the content is the same however the presentation is of course a bit different. It is certainly entertaining as well as very informational. In this you can see visual scenarios acted out and then dealt with. First one way, and then in another way. See the difference. Being that I am much more a reader than a viewer, while I appreciated seeing some of this “in action” I definitely devoured the book more than once. I like to mark things up, underline, highlight…Make it my own. 🙂
As I read the pages within the simple book again and again hit a smile sometimes wipe a couple tears and admit but there was so much that needed to change. How could there be so much that makes so much sense but I just didn’t know until now? I really am ever so grateful for this book. I do believe it is beginning a new season in our home. A season in which we live the phrase with responsibility comes freedom and we simply ask the question do you have the freedom?