Raising Uncommon Kids

Cone, Sami. Raising Uncommon Kids: 12 Biblical Traits You Need To Raise Selfless Kids. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books Publishing. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
Growing up in a different world today due to social networks, advanced technology and a general shift in priorities, Raising Uncommon Kids tackles those differences. Reminding parents that children are sponges and watch/ listen to our every word (except when supposed to be listening and paying attention…LOL), author, radio host and TV correspondent, Sami Cone, provides personal stories, Biblical characters, do-able actions, and lots of support and encouragement in modeling selfless, honest, respectable and responsible behavior for our children. Love, gentleness, harmony, forgiveness, patience, and kindness are some of the traits addressed, ultimately, focusing on adding good behaviors rather than eliminating the bad.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
So easy to read, so full of encouragement, and so full of positive ideas, I thought this book was well written with today’s parents in mind. Perfect as a gift for new parents, a moms’ ministry or Bible study, I highly recommend this book.  As a totally new generation of parents takes the reins of raising children, different ways of nurturing children may take place; however, essentially the main goal should be the same…Biblical morals, selfless attitudes and compassionate values. An excellent resource!

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Raising Uncommon Kids from Baker Books for my honest review*

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Things I’ve Said To My Children

Ripperger, Nathan. Things I’ve Said To My Children. USA: Ten Speed Press. 2015.

SUMMARY:
thingsivesaidtomychildrenEvery parent at some point in their parenting years has said something outlandish to their pride-and-joys. Touting the oddness, irrationality, and ridiculousness of children, author and illustrator Nathan Ripperger shares his absurd and unbelievable (but true) responses as a parent. Compiling, commemorating and celebrating these whimsical, preposterous, wacky and laughable phrases, Things I’ve Said To My Children will have parents smiling, nodding their heads and realizing they are not alone in their aberrant expressions…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
I admit…I have been there, said that, meant it yet couldn’t believe I did. The author chronicles his outbursts in a cute manner in his book with adorable illustrations. Though I haven’t used all the included phrases listed, it did get me thinking of things I’ve said and appreciate the extra pages at the end to record my own utterances. Perfect for new parents, grandparents, grown children…Things I’ve Said To My Children would make the perfect gift. My favorites? “Don’t lick my arm- that’s what weird kids do.” “I am not talking to you…until you are wearing underwear!” “Please stop poking my bottom with your light-saber!” Funny, maybe not so funny (if you have said it), but clever, heartwarming and so relate-able!!

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Things I’ve Said To my Children from Blogging For Books for my honest review*