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Romancing Your Child's Heart
Parents can have awesome relationships with their children, but it is not enough to fill them with Bible facts, verses, and demand of them certain desired behaviors - you must first capture their hearts. When a child is young, parents can impose their will. When the child is older, however, if the parent hasn't won his heart, all the force in the world will only serve to d ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 9th 2003 by Multnomah Books
(first published 2002)
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I think this is one of my new favorite books. Yeah. SO, so good. A few things that I was like "meh" but overall, this is a beautiful book on loving our children as PEOPLE. As we value and love on them, the draw of other destructive "loves" in their lives fades. This ties into the Charlotte Mason philosophy SO well. This book really shows me how selfless as a mother I need to choose to be...Swan shares his parents approach to parenting him and his siblings...the lessons he learned and has prayerf ...more
My children are my passion and I'm usually reading some book on parenting. I'm enjoying this book more than I expected too. Monte Swan has some interesting thoughts and I value his heart for the importance of connecting with our children's hearts. In my view, he may lean a little to the right (or left) on setting up boundaries for his children. He relates two separate incidents in which his children wander off, thankfully not to their death, but I was left wondering why he didn't teach and enfor ...more
I loved this book. It changes how I operate as a parent...thinking more about what my child's thinking in the moment about God than about what he/she is doing that I may not prefer. This book has changed the way I think about nature and the way we interact with it. Mostly, this book has encouraged me as a parent to keep my focus on the goal of helping my kids see their part in His Larger Story.
Some good ideas in this book and I agree with the main premise, but the application can be tricky. It may be easier when you've got lots of land or lots of mountains or lots of musical abilities. Since I don't have any of these, I guess I'll have to settle for trying some potentially useful ideas.
Loved it--excellent book! This book contained my favorite paragraphs on parenting of any parenting book I've read. From the book: "It is our personal relationship with God--knowing Him, not just knowing about Him--that makes us legitimate and believable to our children."
More than a resource, a reminder that our children will develop, in large part, due to the love (or lack thereof) that we as parents provide for and to them. There is most likely nothing new for you here. As reminders go it is well written, concise and practical.