Motivate Your Child Action Plan Book Review #HeartParenting


You don’t have to look far to see examples of bad parenting.  My Facebook feed is usually full of news stories of parents who have harmed or killed their children.  Teens and young adults who are products of bad parenting (or no parenting at all) that now commit atrocious crimes.

And we tell ourselves that as parents we’re not that bad.

But maybe we’re not doing the best we can.  Or maybe your child is having issues and you don’t know the best way to deal with it.   Does your child show signs of disrespect?  Do they have anger issues?  Do they not listen until you yell?   There are ways that “good” parents can fix these behaviors in their children.  And it doesn’t matter if your child is 5 or 15, you can start today!

mycapheartIt’s called Heart Parenting.  And it’s the basis of the book Motivate Your Child: A Christian Parent’s Guide to Raising Kids Who Do What They Need to Do Without Being Told.

Kids that do what they’re supposed to without being told?  Awesome!  Sign me up!

About the author:

Scott Turansky, D.Min., and his wife, Carrie, have five children. Dr. Turansky directed a preschool for eight years and is presently a counselor and seminar speaker and lives in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Scott is the cofounder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting and the pastor of Calvary Chapel Living Hope.

Scott is committed to helping parents understand a heart-based approach to parenting. Although many parents use behavior modification to try to change their kids, Scott believes that approach is incomplete because it doesn’t consider the fact that God created every person with a heart. That realization opens many new avenues to help parents work with their kids.

But maybe you’ve read parenting books and parenting articles before and you’re skeptical.  What makes this one different?

This one is different because it comes with an action plan.  Newly launched from the author of Motivate your Child is the Motivate Your Child Action Plan companion book.  This book is for people like me.  It has passages to read and then asks you questions and gives you space to write your answers and ideas.  And then it says STOP and go do THIS before you read anymore.

Ok, so it doesn’t quite say it like that, but like the title implies, it is a PLAN.  It asks you to jot down some things that you see wrong in this area or that area and then says, go fix them using what you just read.  Or it asks you to write down areas your child is struggling in and then says, have a meeting with your child and discuss these things.  Then you read the next steps and put those into practice.   It says take what you’ve read and go do it then come back and we’ll talk more.  Or at least, that’s what it would say if books could talk.

So it is much more than just a parenting book – it is a step by step plan to parent your child’s heart.

We just wrapped up our first year of homeschooling and while on the surface, my son is a good kid, homeschooling has brought to light some issues that need to be handled if we’re going to be successful in future years.  Like attitude and work ethic.  Motivate Your Child Action Plan couldn’t have come into our lives at a better time as we’re going to sit down this summer and tackle these problems.

The Motivate Your Child Action Plan is available from Amazon and the book is great on it’s own but if you want to also read  Motivate Your Child: A Christian Parent’s Guide to Raising Kids Who Do What They Need to Do Without Being Told the Kindle version of it is available for just $2.99 for limited time!


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