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Sunday, July 31, 2022
Raising Kids Who Care Kick-Off Package
About the Book
Book: Raising Kids Who Care
Author: Susy Lee
Genre: Non-fiction: Parenting and Family
Release date: June, 2022
Imagine knowing what your kids care about, having them listen to what you care about, then doing something about it, together!
Communication and connection are the key, and this is exactly what this book allows you to do. It guides you through 40 conversations to have with your kids, ones that really matter.
Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, educator or just care about kids and the world they’re growing up in, this book will provide you with rich resources and surprising insights to create that genuine connection.
In our complex world, we need to be aware of looming pitfalls and be intentional in helping kids navigate their way to compassion and wonder, driven by values and purpose. This path of conversations leads to amazing hope.
We all want kids to have happy, loving lives. As a society, we need kids who are also capable of thinking and acting beyond themselves to help others have happy, loving lives too. This book gives you what you’ll need to achieve both.
Inside, you’ll discover:
Stories and research to inform your conversations
Relationship skills to build empathy (like listening and conflict resolution)
How to combat the worrying influences of our culture (like consumerism and technology)
How to grow resilience, self-confidence, character, and strength
How our kids can solve problems, rather than being brought down by them
Thoughts and tips from other parents
Advice from caring young adults about what worked for them!
Susy Lee helps families build a strong culture of communication and contribution. Her book ‘Raising Kids Who Care’ is the winner of international prizes from the Best Indie, Royal Dragonfly and Feathered Quill Book Awards.
Majors in psychology and theology, and a master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies, helped Susy consider how parenting and wealth equity play roles in social cohesion. Her career twirls around the twin themes of social justice and children, including state and national education and consultancy roles with children and families, international aid and development, and advocacy.
Susy is also an engaging presenter who has taught in schools and churches, lectured at universities, and run conference workshops for parents and families.
She lives a bike ride from the beach in Sydney, Australia, dances whenever music plays, and has raised two caring sons with her husband Brian. Susy has created generational change in her family.
More from Susy
I didn’t grow up in a Christian family, but I loved watching my children grow up in our church community. They had relationships of all ages and many opportunities to practise caring – things I’d missed.My boys grew to be young men who are kind and faithful, with careers that will contribute to God’s world.
In my book I’ve brought together some useful stuff I’ve researched (because I didn’t trust my own broken upbringing), and that I’ve learnt in my ministry with caring Christian organizations. And I’ve made it a resource for families to talk together – kids are amazing when we make time to really listen to them.
This book is not just for Christians though. I wrote it for parents who care about growing compassion and generosity in their kids. I wrote for parents who want to protect their kids from the strong cultural forces in our world that would lead kids astray. And I wrote it for parents who want to raise kids who believe they can do something about the problems in the world, not be overwhelmed by them.
I also wrote it for grandparents to give to their kids who are now parents – maybe even those who no longer go to church. I wrote it for parents who want to be intentional – maybe because their parents were not. And I wrote it to help churches reach out to parents who need support and encouragement.
Just quietly: I want to change the world, one family at a time! I love the vision of the Kingdom of God, and I think that families who know how to communicate well, about all the issues that surround them, will be better equipped to help bring the Kingdom to earth, as it is in heaven.
I’m delighted that God has already blessed my work – the book has won several prizes including First Place in The 2022 Christian Indie Awards in the Relationships and Family Category. Many churches have already used the book to run events for families. You can learn more about me and the book on my website: https://www.raisingkidswhocare.info/
I loved how the book is easy to use and very inviting for both parents and children. There are charts to look at which helps parents decide what areas each child may need help in. The book includes ways to talk to our children and do activities with them that will help them in areas they may be struggling with.
I really liked the chapter about Love Languages because it helps us know what each child needs to feel loved and appreciated. Some may like words of compliments , others want to spend time with their parents, and some children like to help or get a hug. All these are important and when we learn what one our child responds to, we are able to show love by these actions.
I loved how each chapter consists of discussion questions and ideas of activities to encourage your children to join in with the family. We are in a society where everything is fast and hurried. Using this book will help families spend time together learning about struggles, concerns or things that make your children happy.
The best take away I got from the book was communication. It is the key to any relationship and without it there is a chance for failure. Teaching your children to be honest and having parents they can go to when they are having difficulties will strengthen your relationship with each other. I have decided to give this book to my son who has a two year old daughter and another daughter due in four weeks. This book will be a good tool for both parents as they raise children to be kind, respectful and caring.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.