Wednesday, July 6, 2011

You Can Raise Courageous & Confident Kids (& GIVEAWAY)

My friend recently tweeted, "Parenting is the hardest thing ever"

I wanted to shout a hearty "Amen!"

Although I LOVE being a mom and thank God for my 4 kids every day, it is by far the hardest job I've ever had. Some days I feel like I am getting the hang of it, and other days I wish I could have a personal manual with specific details on how to do this best. Thus the reason I'm continually on the lookout for new resources to help me on my parenting journey!

Imagine my delight when one of my favorite novelists, Mary DeMuth, announced she was willing to share copies of her book, "You Can Raise Courageous and Confident Kids".

I had the opportunity to meet with Mary De Muth at the She Speaks Conference last summer.

Mary is a tremendously gifted speaker, novelist, author and mom ~ and I couldn't wait to hear her thoughts on parenting and preparing our kids for the world they live in!

Here's a brief intro to "You Can Raise Courageous & Confident Kids" ~

With sensitivity and a passion to help families experience authentic, life–changing relationships with God, mother of three Mary DeMuth reveals effective ways for parents to communicate with and encourage their kids. Practical ideas and illustrations guide parents to develop strong family connections, learn along with their children, and create a safe haven for kids to explore their worlds.

This unique resource offers everyday moms and dads the tools and encouragement they need to inspire great confidence and deep faith in their kids for all they’ll encounter in the world today.

Can I just tell you....I loved this book! It was filled with very practical examples, stories, tips and strategies. One of my favorite quotes was Mary's thoughts on "play". Mary shares...

"Adults embracing play is a lot like kids taking a bath. They never want to take one, but once they are in the tub, you can't coax them out until they're cold and wrinkled. I often shy away from play. Many times I fail in this area; many times my children beg me to play, but I don't. But once I jump into play, I never want to leave."

Can anyone else relate??? I thought of this quote tonight as I headed out to play at the park. And Mary was right...once I started climbing on the monkey bars with the kids ~ I was having a blast!

You can read more from this helpful book here and visit Mary's website here

Reading this book has encouraged, inspired, and empowered me to make specific changes in my parenting journey. And I am thankful! I want to be Raise Courageous and Confident Kids! And I'd love to share a copy of the resource with you so you can too!

To Win my "You Can Raise Courageous & Confident Kids" Giveaway:

Leave a comment in the comment section answering this question:

Why would you like to win a copy of "You Can Raise Courageous & Confident Kids"??

RULES: Starts today, Thursday, July 7th and ends Monday, July 11th at 9 PM. Winner will be contacted via e-mail.

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Let's all head outside and play! :)

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Keri at Growing in His Glory said...

I would love to win this book! I'm a mom of two girls and could definitely use some Godly advice. I, too, struggle with play. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

Keri at Growing in His Glory said...

Following your blog now!

Art From My Table said...

I am always looking for parenting help! I love the title...confident and courageous. I'm putting my kids in school this year and it's really hard for me to let go! I would love for them to be confident and courageous in these years, and I'm hoping I can feel the same way!
Thanks for the opportunity to enter!

Andrea said...

I would love this book, because even after three boys I forget to play and have a good time WITH them. I have one left at home who's 7 and he SO NEEDS me to help him be both courageous and confident.

Andrea said...

I so NEED this book to remind me to play and all the many other things that are no doubt included. Courageous? yes, we need that here! Even though #3 is the only one left at home, I still dont feel like I get it 'right' enough days.

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