I have had the great honor to be part of a launch team for a new book called No More Perfect Kids, by Jill Savage and Kathy Koch, PhD. I was given an advance copy of the book, so I could share my thoughts with you.
This book is a great reminder that we need to love our kids for who they are, not what we want them to be. We need to stop expecting perfection from ourselves as parents, or from our children. By doing so, we are not allowing anyone to live up to their full potential. God has a plan for all of us. Sometimes, we get in the way of His plans by trying to be something other than who/what he intended for us. The same is true for our children.
We all have dreams for our children, we sometimes put pressure on them to live up to those dreams without taking into consideration (or appreciation of) who they really are. This can cause children to question many aspects of their lives and who they are. Some questions we or they may ask, make up several titles of the chapters in this book:
- Do You Like Me?
- Am I Important to You?
- Is It Okay I’m Unique?
- Who Am I?
- Am I a Failure?
- What’s My Purpose?
- Will You Help Me Change?
Each of these questions (and many others) is discussed, and an “antidote” to the problem in question is suggested. It helps the reader understand him/herself better as a parent, and to understand their children in a new way.
The end of the book has many great resources for parents, including:
- Age appropriate activities and chores for children
- How to pray for your children using Bible verses
- Character qualities to develop in your children
- Recommended reading for perfectly imperfect kids
- Leader’s guide (for leading study groups)
If you purchase the book from any store or online retailer between March 13-23, Hearts at Home and Moody Publishers are offering over $100 of additional free resources for you. What a deal!! Hurry though, the offer is only “good” during the introductory launch period!
I would recommend this book to anyone who has children, or plans to some day have children. It may even help you understand yourself a little!