Motivate Your Child book review by Dr Scott Turansky

31 Jan

I was blessed to be part of the launch team for Dr.Scott Turansky’s newest book Motivate Your Child: A Christian Parent’s Guide to Raising Kids Who Do What They Need to Do Without Being Told. Together with Joanne Miller, RN, BSN, Dr. Turansky’s guidance has helped Christian parents all over the world. They helped me by providing their book to review.


Motivate Your Child with Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad

Their last book, Family Toolbox, helped parents everywhere have a better relationship with their teens based on the Bible and its teachings. Be sure to check that out too.

Motivate Your Child is geared towards the younger set, although teens can benefit also.  I know for me, getting Beloved motivated to see her place in the family, at school and just “big picture” in general has been a challenge.  Try as I might to avoid nagging, inevitably I often end up like a broken record barking orders in a tone that she doesn’t like.

It’s hard as a busy parent to remember to slow down and build up your child, instead of just hurrying them towards the end goal.  I’ve gotten better at encouraging Beloved to see the benefits of her responsibilities without having to whine or discipline her.

I found the chapter below most helpful:

Kids Taking Initiative, page 95. As a helicopter parent by nature, I find myself handling things for my daughter that she could fully take care of herself.  The book helped remind me of the need to teach her to make her own choices and to be comfortable doing so after she’s chosen.  In order to get her to see her own potential, I had to take mine away.

Famly Time Once A Week, page 147.  Like most families, we are torn in different directions all week long.  Now that Beloved is older, she comes and goes much more.  So I loved how this chapter focused on the important time and family benefits of being together.  And more than just being together, but planning on fellowship and making a commitment to it.  We have been pretty good at doing this but it was nice to see that my family truly wants to make this work.  What mom doesn’t want a kid who wants to spend time with her?

You’ll also learn:

  • how to parent in ways that build internal motivation
  • the four prompting of the conscience
  • ways to energize your spiritual training
  • how to help children respond to mistakes


Purchase your copy of Motivate Your Child: A Christian Parent’s Guide to Raising Kids Who Do What They Need to Do Without Being Told from any retailer.

Hovering high and low, Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad

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