Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Importance of Visioning

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Another Parenting Tip from The National Center for Biblical Parenting…
Take a few minutes and imagine what your children will be like as adults. Some parents have immediate thoughts of terror and doom, but instead, look at the good qualities your children have and imagine how those qualities will benefit them later in life. Then share those observations with your children.

Visioning is an important part of parenting, in fact, we see it as one of the five components necessary in a good strategy for growth. Children need to know what character quality to work on, and they need to know why that quality will help them in life. Visioning adds a positive dimension to our discipline that looks beyond the day-to-day to say, "This quality that you’re working on is going to make you successful." Statements like, "With that kind of thoughtfulness you're going to make a great husband." Or "Your thoroughness is going to make you a valuable employee someday." When parents learn to encourage their children this way, they look past the daily grind of parenting to what their children are becoming. Why is the quality useful in life? What do I see now that will bring success as my child grows?

We've probably all heard the statement that children believe what we say about them. If a parent tells a child he'll never amount to anything, he's likely to incorporate that into his belief about himself and it may end up becoming true. We can take that same principle and teach our children to see the good in themselves, the specific ways that God has blessed them.

Interestingly enough, giving our children a positive vision for the future encourages them to live up to it now. The qualities we focus on end up being the ones they see in themselves and develop.

Adding visioning to your parenting plan gives children hope and direction. It says, "You're going to make it." "I believe in you." It's a way to honor our children. Like giving them a gift that will last a lifetime, a hopeful way of looking at themselves and their life.

After all God does this for us on a regular basis. Verses like Philippians 1:6 give us hope to live now to the fullest. "He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."


This parenting tip comes from the book, Motivate Your Child ACTION PLAN by Dr Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN. Take advantage of our 25% OFF SPECIAL PRICE now and learn all five components of an Action Plan for you child.



  Develop Heroes this Summer This summer join with Dr Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller and families across the country as we go through Hero Training Camp together. The fun starts June 21, 2015. Weekly podcasts, daily lesson plans, and lots of hero-building activities can make your summer a time for conscience growth in your kids. Click here for more details. Hero Training Camp Children's Curriculum goes hand-in-hand with the Motivate your Child curriculum for parents - make it a family learning experience this summer!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Who Are Your Heroes?

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Reflections from Ed Miller...

I've always loved heroes. I watched all the super hero cartoons and movies when I was young. I can't take most of the super hero movies today, (Too much visual stimulation, I must be getting old!) but I'm still attracted to the idea of heroes. 

One person stands high on my list of heroes. That would be William Wilberforce. Os Guinness shares at length about Wilberforce in his excellent work, The Call
Amazingly, no great reformer in Western history is so little known as William Wilberforce. He thought, as millions have thought before and since, that "spiritual" affairs are far more important than "secular" affairs. Fortunately, a minister - John Newton, the converted slave trader who wrote "Amazing Grace" - persuaded Wilberforce that God wanted him to stay in politics rather than enter the ministry. "It's hoped and believed," Newton wrote, "that the Lord has raised you up for the good of the nation." After much prayer and thought, Wilberforce concluded that Newton was right. God was calling him to champion the liberty of the oppressed - as a Parliamentarian. "My walk," he wrote in his journal in 1788, "is a public one. My business is in the world; and I must mix in the assemblies of men, or quit the post which Providence seems to have assigned me."
William Wilberforce was vilified and blocked in his commitment to eradicate the slave trade in Great Britain, but he was not deterred from his mission. He labored tirelessly for nearly 50 years before he accomplished his goal. He stands as an example and a hero to me. 

Who are your heroes?

Please leave a comment and share with us.


Do you have a vision for something new and different in the character of your children? Do you have a strategy for how to accomplish that? If you need some help, we have 2 great resources for you this week.  

The first is the Motivate Your Child (MYC) eBook. You can get the Kindle or Nook version for just $2.99 through the end of the day today. That's an amazing deal. You won't see it at such a low price again this year. Today is the last day to get this price. The link on this graphic will take you to a web page we've created. You can go to Amazon from there. If you want the Nook, go to Barnes and Noble.


www.biblicalparenting.org/motivateyourchild
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This is "Launch Week" for our new title that syncs with Motivate Your Child (MYC).  This book can be read with MYC, but it can also stand alone. It's a wonderful resource that was developed from Dr. Scott Turansky's parent coaching ministry. Motivate Your Child ACTION PLAN (MYCAP) gives you step by step help to develop a tailored growth plan for each of your children. You'll receive instructions for leading weekly meetings with you child to discuss the plan and inspire growth. Thirty-minute audio presentations accompany each chapter to further develop the content and communicate it through a different learning channel. 

It's available for 25% off in our web store through the end of the month. Amazon has it at the same price. You can use the coupon code in this graphic to get an additional $5.00 off in the NCBP web store. The
coupon should be used at checkout in the NCBP web store. It will take an ADDITIONAL $5.00 off the already discounted price. 


We'll be holding another Facebook Release Party on Wednesday, May 20 at 9:00 pm Eastern Time (That's tonight!!) Scott will once again be answering your parenting questions and we'll be giving away a lot of wonderful prizes including a Kindle Fire. You can RSVP right now and then you'll get a reminders prior to the event. The Party actually takes place on our NCBP Facebook Page. 


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Have you gotten your Build Your Bundle discount coupon yet? The Sale is coming on Monday.

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Enter your email address to get a coupon code you can use when the 2015 Build Your Bundle Sale starts! To celebrate the upcoming sale, they are doing a pre-sale giveaway for 3 bundles of your choice AND offering you a special coupon code. Sign up now. The Sale starts on Monday May 25.
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Who are your heroes?


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Drawing the Line on Tattling

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Another Parenting Tip from The National Center for Biblical Parenting…
Tattling is one way that children point out problems rather than trying to make things better. It's important to teach children what offenses they should report to a parent and what they should try to resolve on their own or just ignore. Parents need to know when property or people are in danger, but much of the daily infractions or mistakes made fall into a gray area requiring discernment on the part of a parent and child. You don't want to remove all reporting of offenses because sometimes you'll rely on one child to help you know when another is in danger or in trouble.

Sometimes a child should overlook an irritation and not be so easily provoked. If a child has tried to resolve the problem, and the offense isn't one to drop, then the child should report it to an adult. This isn't tattling. It's following a biblical model of conflict management. The Scriptures teach that if a problem can't be resolved between two people, then one should get another person involved in the process (Matthew 18).

The way the offense is reported and the motivation behind the report is important. If you sense that your child is just trying to get the other child in trouble, then that report is motivated by selfishness and is considered tattling.

As a parent, you have to be careful that children don't use you to get the upper hand in their arguments with each other. Tattling is often an attempt to draw you in to rescue the victim, and the way the story is reported to you often makes the urge seem irresistible. Unfortunately victims aren't always as innocent as they make it seem. You can use tattling to teach children how to report offenses in an honoring way, without exaggeration or coloring the truth, and admitting their own part of the problem.

Like many issues in family life, tattling can be a great teaching opportunity.

For more practical ideas on developing honor in your family consider th
book, Say Goodbye to Whining, Complaining, and Bad Attitudes, In You and Your Kids by Dr Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller. We call it The Honor Book.

Friday, May 15, 2015

This Is An eBook Bundle Sale Like No Other!

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Reflections from Ed Miller...

Have you heard about the Build Your Bundle Sale? This is the second year for the sale following a wildly successful start in 2014. It's called the Homeschool Edition, but we want you to know that there are some great Biblical Parenting resources included in the products and bundles. These are great resources for any parent. The National Center for Biblical Parenting has contributed a couple of resources to the Mom Bundle #2. We can't tell you which resources yet, but that will be coming soon. These are all eBooks, but the bundles are discounted up to 90% off. Is that awesome or what? This is an eBook Bundle Sale like no other.

Actually, Click Here!!
There are a few things that we can tell you now. 
  1. There's a Pre-Sale Promotion that is very simple to enter. Enter your email address and you'll get a free discount coupon. You'll also get reminders about giveaways and more.
  2. Invite a friend to subscribe and get a second discount coupon. If your friend wins, you also win.
  3. With these 2 coupons you'll be able to purchase Mom Bundle #2 for a few dollars.

This only takes a few seconds and the updates will insure that you don't miss anything. 
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Enter your email address to get a coupon code you can use when the 2015 Build Your Bundle Sale starts! To celebrate the upcoming sale, they are doing a pre-sale giveaway for 3 bundles of your choice AND offering you a special coupon code.

Enter to win 3 bundles of your choice!

Click here to enter our Pre-Sale Giveaway. We cannot tell you what products are in the bundles just yet, but just know, THEY TOTALLY ROCK! 

For those of you who are homeschool parents, here is more information about this great resource sale. There are several individual bundles, priced starting at $10. The 2015 Build Your Bundle Sale will consist of the following bundles, plus, of course, the BUILD YOUR OWN OPTIONS!! These bundles are full of products from popular publishers!
  • Preschool-Kindergarten
  • 1st-3rd grade (2 bundles!)
  • 4th-6th grade (2 bundles!)
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Charlotte Mason
  • Notebooking
  • Copywork
  • Unit Studies
  • Just for Boys
  • Just for Girls
  • Character Bundle
  • Just for Moms (2 bundles!)
  • Fine Arts
  • Special Needs Bundle
  • Non-Faith Based/Secular Bundle

The Build Your Bundle Sale is ONE-WEEK ONLY - May 25th - June 1st 2015.

Don't miss the BIGGEST homeschooling sale of the year. When you enter the giveaway OR enter your email for a coupon code, we will be sure to send you a reminder email so you don't forget.

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Don't forget that we have another promotion that's still running through the end of the weekend. The Parenting Shifts Series contains the books you see below. Each is "laser-focused" on a particular stage of child development.





Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Parenting Babies

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Another Parenting Tip from The National Center for Biblical Parenting…
Parenting is a complicated job with very few easy answers. When parents try to simplify it by setting policies they think will last for years, they are making a serious mistake.

One mom said about her one-month-old son, "I'm going to stop the teenage rebellion right here." She proceeded to set some pretty strict rules about feeding and sleep times.

An important thing to understand about children is that they grow through stages of development. At each stage their needs are different. A young baby must have physical and emotional needs met continually in order to develop a sense of security and to view the world as a safe place. Teens need something completely different as they try to develop their own value system and decide who they are going to be as adults.

Because children go through stages, parents must make several shifts in their parenting. Just because you allow your infant to eat "on demand" doesn't mean that she'll be demanding when she grows up. Several stages of growth and maturity will take place between now and then. You'll want to change the way you parent according to your child's developmental needs.

If your infant is having trouble sleeping, maybe he needs more love and cuddle time. Getting on a schedule will come eventually but we're not just trying to establish authority in a baby’s life. We're also helping an infant feel good about being in the world and relating to others in it. There will come a time when you recognize that your child needs to develop some independence at night or to get on a schedule for feeding. When those times come then be ready to make the changes necessary.

Before we're able to effectively set limits, we first need to establish relationship. Infancy is a time to bond and learn the foundations of communication. We want our babies to know we care about them and their needs.

Firmness and tight boundaries are important as a child grows but be careful about sacrificing love and security needs in the process.


This parenting tip comes from The Parenting Shifts Series by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN. Each book helps you understand your child's unique needs and abilities at that stage.

Do You Have the Parenting Resources You Need?

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Reflections from Ed Miller...

We love to put biblical, practical and heart-based parenting resources into your hands. I've been privileged to travel with Scott and Joanne a number of times this year. I love working with parents to solve some problems and help them think differently about how they work with their kids. Scott and Joanne are always creating new resources and together we look for new ways to promote them to parents around the world. We've been very busy doing this in 2015, but there are still some great opportunities and deals coming in the next few weeks. Are you excited?



We have a very special promotion running this week prior to the launch of Motivate Your Child ACTION PLAN. (Read on for more about this launch.) Most of our resources are strategic for parents with children of any age. Did you know that we have a series that takes our heart-based approach and applies it to each stage of a child's development? We call this the The Parenting Shifts Series. Many parents aren't aware of the need to shift strategies as children move through the various stages of development. These books are "laser-focused" on each of these stages.



Each of the 5 eBooks in this series will be on sale for $.99 on the specified days. First up is The Baby Adventure. Get it for yourself or a friend.

Order Your Copy Now! 

Next week is "Launch Week" for another new title that syncs with  Motivate Your Child (MYC).  This book can be read with MYC, but it can also stand alone. It's a wonderful resource that was developed from Dr. Scott Turansky's parent coaching ministry. Motivate Your Child ACTION PLAN (MYCAP) gives you step by step help to develop a tailored growth plan for each of your children. You'll receive instructions for leading weekly meetings with you child to discuss the plan and inspire growth. Thirty-minute audio presentations accompany each chapter to further develop the content and communicate it through a different learning channel. 

We have many fun activities planned for the week so you'll want to join the party! Subscribe to this blog now so you won't miss any of the fun. We have a special discount coupon that will only be promoted to those who read this blog. Be sure to use it next week when you order your copy of Motivate Your Child ACTION PLAN. This coupon should be used at checkout in the NCBP web store. It will take an ADDITIONAL $5.00 off the already discounted price. 


We'll be holding another Facebook Release Party on Wednesday, May 20 at 9:00 pm Eastern Time. Scott will once again be answering your parenting questions and we'll be giving away a lot of wonderful prizes including a Kindle Fire. You can RSVP right now and then you'll get a reminders prior to the event. The Party actually takes place on our NCBP Facebook Page. 





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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Teach Children How to Listen

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Another Parenting Tip from The National Center for Biblical Parenting…
A very important skill that children will need as adults is the ability to listen. Listening isn't easy. Most people would rather talk. Children interrupt, yell, and talk over each other, often resulting in misunderstanding. Teaching children how to listen can be a way to help them become less selfish.

One mom told how she taught her children to listen. "I use this technique whenever my boys are in conflict over a toy. I sit them down with the toy on the table and say, 'You can play with the toy as soon as you both agree on a plan.' I encourage them each to share an idea and listen to the other's idea. I'm teaching them about compromise, working together, and sharing, but I let them work it out. Sometimes they'll both be stubborn and I'll have them stay there until they can agree on a plan. I coach them along when they need it. They must always report back to me before continuing to play, providing an opportunity for me to affirm unselfishness and cooperation."

It can be fun to teach a five-year-old how to persuade a two-year-old, or help two eight-year-olds negotiate a solution. Conflict is turned into cooperation through listening.

I (Scott) like to joke with children, "Do you know why God made lips for your mouth but not for your ears?" or, "Why do you think God gave you one mouth and two ears? It's because God wants you to quiet your mouth sometimes, so you can listen."

James 1:19 gives children very practical advice. "Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry." As a parent, you have many opportunities to teach this valuable skill.

This parenting tip is taken from the book, Say Goodbye to Whining, Complaining, and Bad Attitudes, In You and Your Kids, by Dr Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN.