Parenting today is not like it was when we were growing up. The world has changed. There’s widespread violence, constant distractions, an overabundance of information and people, and dwindling resources. For our kids to thrive in this world, it’s up to us to make them stronger — intellectually, socially, spiritually, emotionally, and physically.
As parents, do the best we can to prepare our children for life. We enroll them in good schools. We make sure they socialize with well-adapted peers. We address their spiritual needs by teaching them our beliefs and instilling in them a moral compass. We teach them about emotional intelligence (or try while figuring out our own). And we encourage them to play outside and engage in sports.
It’s a lot of work to keep track of a child’s diverse developmental progress in each area, never mind multiple children. Often we fall behind in some areas; our children struggle in others; and, all the while, we’re still working on ourselves. Meanwhile, life’s challenges don’t get any easier.
It’s a thoughtful, positive book of 30 conversations between us parents and our kids about fortifying their development by balancing the five qualities of strength mentioned earlier: intellectual, social, spiritual, emotional, and physical. In the book, each of these five qualities is divided into the six lessons. Each lesson is organized into four sections, making it easy to follow:
- Educate: topic introduction and explanation of how it will strengthen your children’s development.
- Communicate: questions and activities that guide communication between you and your kids on the topic.
- Nurture: nurturing of the connection between you and your children on the topic and guidance to a deeper level.
- Empower: point where your children learn to apply what they’ve learned via activities and challenges.
Timing with this book is key. When I had first received it, I was so eager that I made the mistake of interrupting my daughter’s play time. (I know. What was I thinking?) Bedtime or in place of meditation time works best for us. The book guides parents and parent figures to strengthen kids through questions, discussions, activities, and strong parent-child connections. Therefore, I recommend you choose whatever time of the day is best for you and your children to talk and bond.
The book is designed with you and your schedule in mind. It doesn’t have to be linear. You can jump from developing intellectual creativity to social skills and making friends, then over to self-confidence in the emotional section, and so forth; whatever suits your children’s needs on any given day.
We all know parenting is not neat. Some days time runs from us like a toddler at bath time; and other days we unplug time and bathe in coffee and cuddles from the kids. This book gets that. You can make it work with quick sessions, for those busier days, or explore more when you have the time for deeper discussions with the kids. The layers depend entirely on you. As any parent would agree, there’s utility in that kind of versatility.
We want the best for our kids, and they just want us. With 30 Days to a Stronger Child, it’s a way to connect with our children while instilling in them essential skills to thrive in this life.