Published by Moody Publishers
How can you claim victory in parenting while facing today’s cultural trends?
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About the Book
Raising kids in today’s society can be daunting. Wrong is called right, smartphones replace human interaction, families are fractured, and children aren’t maturing as quickly as they used to. In our ever-changing culture, parenting can sometimes feel like a losing battle. “We want our much-loved children to grow up into a life of godliness and morality,” says Arlene Pellicane, author of Parents Rising: 8 Strategies for Raising Kids Who Love God, Respect Authority, and Value What’s Right (Moody Publishers / April 2018). “But our children won’t drift into a life of godliness and morality by accident. Because of the morally bankrupt world we live in, it takes a great deal of intentional parenting to provide structure and spiritual handrails to guide our children towards lives submitted to God.”
Pellicane, an author, speaker, popular media personality, blogger, wife, and mother of three, believes there’s too much at stake in eternity to sit on the sidelines or get sidetracked on a smartphone when it comes to parenting. “The greater culture hangs on what happens in the microcosm of our homes,” says Pellicane. “We need to not be afraid to step up and lead our children. Our decisions won’t always be popular with our kids. But I think someday, our kids will thank us for being parents.”
In Parents Rising, Pellicane guides readers through eight cultural trends parents face today and what they can do to claim victory. Strategies include:
• Amusement is Not the Highest Priority: Today’s child is surrounded by addictive devices offering endless entertainment options such as video games, YouTube videos, and social media. Yet constant amusement erodes character.
• Parents Call the Shots: It’s time to seek the balance between yesterday’s overly strict parent and today’s overly permissive parent. Children are to obey parents; not the other way around.
• Routine and Boundaries Provide Security: Children need parents to restrict their freedom, not expand it. Children thrive with routine and consistency.
• The Bible and Prayer are Present Daily: We need to model a Christ-dependent, grace-filled life.
Discipleship is the primary responsibility of a parent, not the pastor or the teacher.
• Marriage Takes a Front Seat: Your marriage must be a priority over your children. It’s also critical to present a united front.
• Good Food Served on the Table: The regularity of your shared mealtimes may reveal the health of your home quicker than any other indicator.
• Love is Spelled T-I-M-E: Dig for the treasures, carve time for training, and give your undivided attention without having to compete with technology or other distractions.
• Launching Adults, Not Babying Children: Start with character, parent with a plan, and see how far they can fly.
For each strategy, Pellicane includes a reflective question for parents, a related prayer, and a practical action step to put each strategy into practice.
“Parents, we must rise!” says Pellicane. “There is no better time than now. With every birthday, we get another year to influence our children to love the Lord and shine. Let us not waste our moments.”
About the Author
Arlene Pellicane is a speaker, author, media personality, and blogger. She has written seven books:
- 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Wife
- 31 Days to a Happy Husband
- 31 Days to a Becoming a Happy Mom
- Growing Up Social (with Gary Chapman)
- 31 Days to a Younger You, Calm, Cool, and Connected
- Parents Rising (Moody)
Arlene has appeared in major media outlets including the Today Show, Focus on the Family, Fox & Friends, Family Life Today, The 700 Club, The Better Show, The Hour of Power, Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah, and Home Made Simple on TLC, been interviewed on numerous radio programs, and written for several national magazines.
Arlene lives in a happy home in San Diego with her husband James and kids Ethan, Noelle, and Lucy.
This Mom’s Review
I read this book from the perspective of both a mom who has grown children and one with a 5-year old. I see where I have followed most of the strategies while raising my older two kiddos. I see where I steered wrong, especially with Strategy #2 (Parents Call the Shots) and #5 (Marriage Takes a Front Seat). While my older two kiddos have accepted Jesus as their Savior and are good kiddos, I see where following all the strategies in this book would’ve benefited both my kiddos and my marriage.
Now that I have a 5-year old and the book in hand, I will be using it as a reference alongside God’s word in raising him to “love God, respect authority and value what’s right”.
So many kids today do not respect authority and that is a big chunk of the problems you see in the schools and on the streets. I pray God forgives me for the important lessons I failed to teach my older children and allows me to be a positive influence on them in their adult years.
Thanks to the publisher for a complimentary copy.