I received this in my mail today! Thank you Charisse for summarizing the insights in each of the books you read. These are great reads! I hope other parents will be able to take something they can apply in their own families…
1. WHY DADDIES MATTER
Bringing Up Girls, Dr. James Dobson
Girls with good fathers are less likely to seek male attention by flaunting themselves.
Girls who live with their mothers and fathers (as opposed to mothers only) have significantly fewer growth and developmental delays, and fewer learning disorders, emotional disabilities and behavioral problems.
Girls whose fathers provide warmth and control achieve greater academic success.
Girls who are close to their fathers exhibit less anxiety and withdrawal behaviors.
Parental connectedness is the number one factor in preventing girls from engaging in premarital sex and indulging in drugs and alcohol.
Daughters who believe that their fathers care about them have significantly fewer suicide attempts and fewer instances of body dissatisfaction, depression, low self-esteem, substance abuse, and unhealthy weight.
Girls with involved fathers are twice as likely to stay in school.
Girls with fathers or father figures feel more protected, are more likely to attempt college, and are less likely to drop out of college.
Girls whose parents divorce or separate before they turn twenty-one tend to have shorter life spans by four years.
Girls who live with their mothers only have significantly less ability to control impulses and delay gratification and have a weaker sense of conscience about right and wrong.
Both boys and girls do better academically if their fathers establish rules and exhibit affection.
2. DISCIPLINE OF NURTURING
Disciplines of a Godly Woman, Barbara Hughes
“Mothers are in the divinely given position to model for their girls the value and richness of the nurturer’s role. One of my most treasured memories is of a day shortly after the birth of my youngest brother. My mother had worked outside the home – by necessity. So for me, coming home from school usually meant entering an empty house with breakfast dishes waiting to be washed and no aroma of the dinner to come. But on this day, I heard my mother’s voice as I approached the front door. She was singing a lullaby. The house was bright and tidy and redolent with wonderful aromas from the kitchen. Mother was rocking my baby brother. She looked happier than I have ever seen her. From that moment, I knew that there was no place on earth my mother would rather be that at home caring for us. Ofcourse, she had no choice; she worked outside the home until she was 65old. ..Her attitude was so utterly powerful. It has marked me for life.”
3. SIGNS OF AN “UNSAVED” REBELLIOUS KID
Why Christian Kids Rebel, Dr. Tim Kennel
(Dr. Kennel speaking) What would be the signs that your child may not actually be a rebellious “Christian” kid but rather an “unsaved” rebellious kid?
Let me give you a simple litmus test:
· Does he show any remorse when he does things that break God’s heart?
· Does she have an inclination toward God’s Word, and is she convicted by it when exposed to it?
· Does he long for and enjoy fellowship with other followers of Christ?
· Does he want to use his spiritual gifts to strengthen the church and reach out to lost people?
· Is she sensitive to the lost condition of the people she encounters at school and work?
4. GOAL SETTING TOPICS
Faith-Based Family Finances, Ron Blue and Jeremy White, CPA
(Focus on the Family)
How much do we need?
How often should we save? Weekly? Monthly?
Why? What are we saving for?
How much is okay?
Should we avoid it altogether?
Should we get out of it?
What should we allocate for entertainment?
How often will be we eat out?
How much will we spend on clothing?
EDUCATION GOALS FOR CHILDREN OR SELF
Public, private or homeschooling?
How many this year?
Where to go?
With kids? Without?
Life, home, health, auto, other?
How much do we need?
What kind of policy suits our needs?
How much to give?
Where to give?
When to give? Weekly? Biweekly? Monthly?
Can we reduce our taxes?
How can we manage them?
Do we underwithhold? Overwhithhold?
Special needs for aging parents? family members with discabilities? A gifted child?
Family time: when?what?how?where?why?
One-on-one time with children?
Starting a business?
Job satisfaction? Location?
When to start a family?
When, where, and what kind of home to buy/rent?
Special needs: room for guests? Home office? Other?
Where to invest?
How much to invest?
(page 179) “You may be tempted to lower the amount you give. Don’t do it. If you are actively giving to a place of worship or ministry, you should not decrease your giving. For people of faith, giving should be the first-priority use of money. Giving recognizes God’s ownership of everything one has.”
5. SIGNS OF HUMILITY
An Anthology of Devotional Literature Compiled by Thomas Kepler
From the Writings of Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667)
1. The humble man trusts not to his own discretion, but in matter of concernment relies rather upon the judgment of his friends, counselors or spiritual guides.
2. He does not pertinaciously pursue the choice of his own will, but in all things lets God chose for him
3. He does not murmur against commands.
4. He patiently bears injuries.
5. He is meek and indifferent in all accidents and chances.
6. He is a great lover of good men, and a praiser of wise men, and a censurer of no man.
7. He is modest in speech, and reserved in his laughter.
8. He fears when he hears himself commended, lest God make another judgment concerning his actions than men do.
9. He gives no pert of saucy answers, when he is reproved, whether justly or unjustly.
10. He loves to sit down in private, and, if he may, he refuses the temptations of offices and new honours.
11. He is ready to good offices to the murderers of his fame, to his slanderers, back biters, and detracters, as Christ washed the feet of Judas
12. And is contended to be suspected of indiscretion, so before God he may be really innocent, and not offensive to his neighbor, nor wanting his just and prudent interest.