WHY WE ARE WRITING A CHILDREN’S BOOK

WHY WE ARE WRITING A CHILDREN’S BOOK

Several years ago, I was in a counseling session with a mom concerning her child’s (age 6)  anxiety and fear struggles. Common to our city, this child’s father deployed several months ago. During the deployment, the child’s anxiety and worry grew as each month passed that dad was still not home. The mother was looking for ways to help alleviate her daughter’s fears and anxiety. For a couple weeks, we discussed practical ways for their family to practice trusting God. Most of our fears and anxieties center around a trust issue. Towards the end of our session, I asked the mom; “if there was a children’s book that focused on helping children trust in God during uncertain circumstances, would you use it?” From that moment, Kisha and I knew this was something that we wanted to do. This was a small way that we could give back to the families and the city that we love so much.

About a year ago, my wife and I (Kisha) started to create the storyboard for what would become, “Bobby’s Homecoming Adventure”. In it, we tell the story of how two best friends, Bobby and Tiffany navigated the difficult deployment season together. When Bobby discovered that Tiffany’s mom was returing home from deployment early, and his dad was not he begun to worry. Despite his fears, Bobby maintained a regular routine that centered around family, church and frineds. Through those relationships he was able to discover how, he could trust God because, He loves us enough to know what is best for us and big enough to make it happen.

Our book has been heavily influenced by the late Jerry Bridges work, “Trusting God”. Jerry Bridges wrote one of the best works, if not the best works on overcoming fear and anxiety that I have come across. Even our bottom line was influenced by a quote from Bridges. “God in His love always wills what is best for us. In His wisdom He always knows what is best, and in His sovereignty He has the power to bring it about.” 

So why write this children’s book?

IT’S A TOOL: We wanted to give parents a tool to use to help children trust in God. We believe that even at a young age, children can begin to learn to trust in God even when they don’t understand their circumstances. Truth be told, they can probably teach us old folks a thing or two about trusting God. We created “Bobby’s Homecoming Adventure” as an Ebook so parents can pull it out and use it when needed.

STARTS THE CONVERSATION: Throughout the book we included, “family discussion questions”. These segments are designed to help families have conversations about how to trust in God.

We are hoping to be able to give this away as an e-book version by mid October. Stay tuned…

THE PARENT CHAT

THE PARENT CHAT

A good friend of mine, Nick Blevins had the legendary Matt Mckee on his podcast to discuss his new book, Parent Chat. Matt recently released #parentchat to help equip parents on how to have conversations with their kids about technology. I believe it is important for all parents to continue to learn about the world that our kids live in without being afraid of it. Matt does a great job equipping parents on how to navigate this confusing and ever changing world without walking in fear. Nick does a great job interviewing Matt and bringing to the surface just a few of the great points in the book. This is a great Podcast that all parents should listen to and maybe even purchase the book. Here are a few of my takeaway points from the podcast. Click HERE to listen to the actual podcast.

PARENTS NEED TO ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS: It’s not enough to simply ask our kids questions; “how was soccer, how was school, what did you learn…”. We need to ask them the right questions. According to Matt, the best questions are open-ended questions. Questions that start a conversation, not ones that simply get an answer.  In the podcast, Matt gives you some of these open-ended questions (link at the bottom of the page).

PARENTS NEED TO CREATE A PLAN: “Fail to plan is planning to fail”. It’s crucial for parents to create a rhythm in the conversations with their kids about what is acceptable online activity, what is not and why. Matt mentions in the podcast that parents need to establish an agreement with their kids of what is acceptable and what is not. Then develop a plan on how you will help them succeed. Matt references a great tool in helping parents implement their plan, The Circle with Disney. For more information about the Circle click Here

PARENTS NEED TO FOCUS ON REDEEMING TECHNOLOGY NOT BLINDLY REJECTING TECHNOLOGY: Unless your kids live in east bubba bubba-ville, they will spend the rest of their lives interacting with technology. Either we can reject it or find a way to redeem it. Admittedly there are some things in life that just need to be rejected. This does not mean that we should reject ALL things connected with technology simply because we do not understand them. Matt’s point is for parents to determine what is redeemable (with the right plan) and what needs to be rejected. Thankfully, Matt’s book is a great tool that helps parents discover how they can lead their children best when it comes to technology.

To listen to the actual podcast or to purchase Matt’s book, check out the links below. Thanks


 

NICK BLEVINS PODCAST: Click HERE to listen to Nick interview Matt about his new book, Parent Chat.  

PARENT CHAT BOOK: Get practical advice on how to keep the conversation about technology open with kidsClick HERE

THE CIRCLE WITH DISNEY: Check out the Circle as it has completely reimagined internet security. This is a must for every family!  Click HERE

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