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Motivating Children to Do the Right Thing without Being Told!

If you're looking for a new parenting tool to digest, you've gotta check out this book:  Motivate Your Child: A Christian Parent's Guide to Raising Kids Who Do What They Need to Do Without Being Told.  It is power-packed with advice for parents seeking to raise godly children that take the initiative to live with integrity.  I'm only halfway through the book, and I've already dog-eared several pages for future reference.  It's easy to read because it's filled with stories that parents will relate to - both everyday family stories and stories from the Bible.  It's filled with strategies to help change children's behavior by reaching their hearts.

They focus their teaching around 4 components of conscience:  doing the right thing, dealing with wrongs, being honest, and caring for others.  I appreciated the checklist they included for helping to measure your child's progress in the four areas.  I've been practicing their techniques for teaching…

Teaching Children God's Word

I'm always looking for creative ways to teach our children scripture.  We're not good about memorizing it, but we do talk about scripture a lot and we have scriptures in kid-friendly art throughout the house.  I'm also trying to introduce the kiddos to devotions through age-appropriate methods.  I was excited to get the opportunity to review the new "I CanLearn The Bible" by Holly Hawkins Shivers, because it seemed like a great fit for our family.  It's great!

It's a cute book - hardback, inviting graphics, and friendly fonts.  There are 52 studies in the book, one for each week in the year.  Each study starts out with a scripture page, then a short 2.5 page story devotional, then a prayer.  The stories are not Bible stories - they are stories and ideas to help explain the week's scriptures though child-friendly stories and definitions.  The cute pictures also help illustrate the points from the stories.  The forward and the appendix also have tips f…

Book Review: The Perfect Score

My son is preparing to take his first college entrance exam.  He's only in 7th grade, so it's the pre-version of the test.  Nevertheless, when I saw this book, The Perfect Score Project: One Mother's Journey to Uncover the Secrets of the SAT, I jumped at the opportunity to review it.

It probably is the perfect book for some people, (it gets great reviews on amazon!), it's just not for me.  I was bored.  I couldn't get into it.  I did appreciate some of the tips in the text boxes, but it was a much more tedious read than I expected it to be. 

Nevertheless, I'm going to pass the book along to our college counselor, to see if they will enjoy the book.  The content is good; it's just not for me.

Disclaimer:  I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Self care is not selfish

Visiting with friends today, I was reminded of the importance of moms reminding each other to take care of ourselves.  We need to encourage each other to take time to rest, exercise and fellowship with friends.  We need to remind ourselves to take care of our bodies - getting enough sleep (even if it means leaving the laundry unfolded) and eating well (even if we're grabbing veggies on the go).  We need to steal away to have time with out spouses without the munchkins around.

We need to give ourselves permission to say no to good things, so we have the energy to say YES to the tasks that God has designed for us to do.  We need to say no without feeling guilty, but instead, to be willing to give what we have the capacity to give (no, I can't make 100 cupcakes for the fundraiser this weekend, but I don't mind making a dozen or two) (no, I can't come help in the class every week, but I would love to come the first Tuesday of each month!). 

Self care is not selfish.  Self…

Bible Review: The Evangelism Study Bible

Sturdy hardback bible with a fishing net on the cover that matches the cover scripture, "follow me , and I will make you fishers of men." Matthew 4:19. Open the bible and you will find a presentation page followed by a list of all the evangelism articles that are organized by books of the bible.  I'm  guessing that there are over 200 half page articles related to evangelism, such as: How to explain the gospel clearlyHow to overcome fear in evangelismHumility and evangelismMinistering to the poorYour past-no problemHow to reach children who are rebellious There are also cross references and footnotes that help readers recognize evangelism messages  throughout the old and New Testament.  Scrolling to the end of the bible, there is a 3 page glossary of evangelistic bible terms, and a very long concordance. Finally there is a 3 page outline of how to share the gospel, several pages for taking notes and an index to the 14 colorful pages of maps. This would be a great resource …

Book Review: Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden

I just finished reading Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden, and I miss it already.  I got lost in this 1897 historical fiction story of politics, mystery, romance and intrigue.  I loved struggling with the characters as they battled honesty, anger, jealousy, and fear.  And I loved enjoying their adventures in love, friendship, family and loyalty.  I loved the Christian messages of courage and forgiveness.  Camden does a great job whisking her readers into another century and drawing them into the daily lives of her characters.  I look forward to reading more Camden novels in the future!

More from the publisher:  "Anna O'Brien leads a predictable and quiet life as a map librarian at the illustrious Library of Congress until she stumbles across the baffling mystery of a ship disappeared at sea. Thwarted in her attempts to uncover information, her determination outweighs her shyness and she turns to a dashing congressman for help... Opposites in every way, Anna and Luke are un…

Motivate Your Child - an Awesome Giveaway with prizes worth nearly $800!

How many times have I asked the question, "How can I get my child to WANT to do the right thing?", or "How can I get him to DO this withOUT me asking?", or "When will they look around to see what needs to be done or how they need to ask withOUT a prompting from me?"  Don't get me wrong - I'm not looking for the easy way out and I'm not trying to be lazy.  I want to diligently train our children to be like Christ - kind, responsible, and servant-hearted.  But sometimes I wonder if I'm training them in the best way.  I need God to whisper his wisdom into my ears, so I clearly see the right way to parent. 

Enter the announcement of a new book:  Motivate Your Child: A Christian Parent's Guide to Raising Kids Who Do What They Need to Do Without Being Told.  When I was invited to be a part of the review and launch team, I jumped at the opportunity because I knew other moms would be hungry for the same wisdom I needed.  My copy came in the m…

Dinner Tonight - White Chicken Chili

My old neighbor shared this recipe with me, and I've been tweaking it over the years.  It's a favorite of my family, and we love to double the recipe to share.  Tonight, we're making for 2 friends with cute new babies!

White Chicken Chili 1 onion – chopped
2 cloves fresh garlic (finely chopped)
Small can jalapenos or chiles
2T oil (to sauté onions)
1 stick butter (1/4 lb)
8 oz cream cheese (soften and/or cube so it melts and mixes easy)
2 C milk
2 C chicken broth
3T flour
~ 1 t ground cumin
~1 t ground ginger
~ 1 t oregano leaves
cayenne pepper sauce
salt & white pepper
3 cans white beans
1 rotisserie chicken, pull off and shred
8 oz shredded cheddar cheese (white sharp cheddar if desired)

Directions
Saute onions, garlic and jalapenos in small pan until tender – set aside
In a large saucepan, melt the butter and cream cheese, then add chicken broth and milk.Whisk ‘til smooth.Add spices and flour, then whisk ‘til smooth.Add grated cheese and whisk ‘til smooth.
Add al…