My husband and I currently have a 15-year-old daughter, a 17-year-old son, a 19-year-old son and a twenty-one-year-old son who all live at home. While I hate to admit it, I am guilty of lecturing our children. As a parent, it is easy to get caught up in emotion and lecture our children. The act of lecturing causes everyone to often lose their temper and results in no real change in attitude or action. We, as parents, fail to reach our children and our children do not actually listen. That is why I was so glad we received the opportunity to review products from Parenting Made Practical. We reviewed the book and DVD of Taming the Lecture Bug and Getting Your Kids to Think and now I want to check out the DVD Navigating the Rapids of Parenting. Parenting Made Practical offers a lot of great information and resources for raising children who love the Lord and behave responsibly.
According to their website, Joey and Carla Link have been serving families for over twenty years. Joey Link served on pastoral staffs for over sixteen years in youth and family ministries before becoming Director of FamilyLife Resources, a non-profit ministry where he has served since 1994. His wife, Carla Link, has a degree in social work. They are the parents of three adult children and also have four grandchildren. So they have a wealth of first-hand knowledge of parenting.
Each chapter in the book Taming the Lecture Bug and Getting Your Kids to Think contains real-life experiences of either the Links or other families, tips for dealing with children of various ages, as well as Scriptural references. I like how the chapters are broken down into pieces that are easy to read and to follow. At the end of each chapter, there is a letter from people who have successfully navigated parenting issues.
The main premise of this book is rather than lecturing/losing tempers when you are angry, you wait until you are cooled off to reasonably deal with the issue. Using a series of questions, parents can get to the root of the actual sin that is causing the problem(s). The Links stress the importance of being proactive rather than reactive. As I was reading this book, I found many situations I could relate to and loved the ideas and verses used.
The DVD is available as either a physical DVD or a digital download. We received the digital download. It runs for approximately fifty-four minutes. The printable outline may be downloaded from the Parenting Made Practical website. It allows the viewer to follow along with the presentation and have a tangible resource to refer back to later. I love how the DVD gives a visual representation of a situation which may happen in real- life showing how it could go either badly or much better.
Both the book and the DVD may be used alone, however, I truly believe they work best in tandem. I am planning on looking at and buying more of their products such as –
Navigating the Rapids of Parenting (Video) (for parents of kids from age 2 through college); Dating, Courting & Choosing a Mate… What Works? (Video) (for parents of kids ages 9-college) ; as well as What Every Child Should Know Along the Way (book) (preschool to college).
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I definitely recommend you check Parenting Made Practical‘s resources out for yourself. If you would like to read more reviews of Taming the Lecture Bug and Getting Your Kids to Think or some of the other resources offered by the Links, click here or on the graphic below.