Teachable Moments: Building Blocks Of Christian Parenting by Jonathan C. RobinsonTeachable Moments: Building Blocks Of Christian Parenting by Jonathan C. Robinson

Teachable Moments: Building Blocks Of Christian Parenting

byJonathan C. Robinson

Paperback | June 14, 2016

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Are you frustrated when your child is not responsive to your efforts to be a good parent? Are you shaking your head in confusion or barking orders as a last resort in getting through to him/her? Do you wish for more quality time with your child? Parenting is the toughest job for which most parents have no training. We tend to emulate our own parents, for good or for bad. In the Bible, Proverbs 22:6, we are told to "train your children in the ways of the Lord, so that when they are old, they will not depart from Him." Teachable Moments: Building Blocks of Christian Parenting is a source book for parents and helping professionals who want both the spiritual context and step-by-step, practical parenting tools with which to be effective, engaged, Christian parents.

Are you ready to move from surviving to thriving in your relationship with your children? You will learn:

Nine parenting perspectives to guide your understanding of your child,

How communication defines relationship and the four distinct types of communication to use when your child is not having problems,

Eleven specific communication tools and behavior management strategies,

Practice these tools and strategies through "Learn The Concept" exercises embedded in the chapters.

Jonathan C. Robinson, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and has been in private clinical practice for over 35 years. The resources woven into the fabric of "Teachable Moments" are the product of healing moments throughout his vibrant, clinical practice with children, parents, and families. Additionally, "Teachable Moments" has ...
Title:Teachable Moments: Building Blocks Of Christian ParentingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:230 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:June 14, 2016Publisher:Morgan James PublishingLanguage:English

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Most of us go through twelve years of grade school. Many of us go on to college, even Graduate school. We get certifications for various jobs. We get licenses to drive vehicles, to drive a forklift, to practice medicine, law, or begin other careers. Most of us, however, are parents longer than we are anything else. And yet, very few of us have any useful, organized training to be really good at this life-long job called "Parenting." Parenting is the toughest job for which most people never have any training. As a clinical psychologist, practicing school-clinical child psychology for over thirty-five years, I have come to appreciate the value of conveying certain immutable truths about parenting. These truths, having been observed and honed in my work with over a thousand families through my clinical practice, and they apply to all families, of all backgrounds, with all sizes and permutations. These nine principles of healthy family functioning, parent-child relationship, and Godly foundation form the teachable moments of effective Christian parenting.While families can be tossed about on the seas of specific stressors, developmental stages, sibling birth order, and family of origin experiences by both parents, the clinical wisdom of these nine principles can provide context for understanding, and ballast to right the ship and to weather all storms. I begin this book by providing a lengthy case study. The Bower family is fictional, a patchwork of clinical cases I have treated over the years. The Bowers tell their stories, so that each family member becomes a voice, a perspective, in the healing process. No voice is predominant, more or less important, right or wrong. Each is vital, though, because they are different and unique. And they are family.The stories become the fabric into which I weave the nine principles, thereby strengthening the cloth to resist tears and turmoil. In presenting these teachable moments, I link each principle to Scriptural truth. As we seek to find and follow God's will in our lives and in parenting our children, we build confidence, character, and commitment as parents. We provide healthy role models for our children. We accept God's direction and promise to "train your children up in the ways of the Lord, that they will not depart from it when they grow old." (Proverbs 22:6).Finally, as an addendum, I offer appendices and Learning-the-Concept exercises that I have developed over the years. These handouts are designed to provide structure and reference to implementing the nine principles on an on-going basis in family dynamics.I pray that God will bless you as you read this book. I pray that you find strength, hope, and foundation for your life-long journey called parenting. I hope I have reinforced all the good things you are already doing as parents and offered you valuable perspective for enhancing the lives and experience of God's most precious gift and responsibility to us---our children.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Communication is Relationship

Chapter Two: Who's In Charge?

Chapter Three: Children Will Always Test The Limits

Chapter Four: Children Never Mean What They Say

Chapter Five: A Family Is Not a Democracy

Chapter Six: Hormones Will Wreck Havoc

Chapter Seven: Teenagers Will Rebel

Chapter Eight: Problems Can Be Solved

Chapter Nine: The Principle of Responsible Freedom

Appendix One: Active Listening

Appendix Two: Feeling and Sharing Words

Appendix Three: Leads for Empathic Responses

Appendix Four: Behavior Management Strategies

Appendix Five: Nurturing Holding Procedure

Appendix Six: Diet Or Weight Management?

Appendix Seven: Therapeutic Journaling

Appendix Eight: Restrictions That Work

Appendix Nine: Chilling Out: Developing a Quieting Response