From Santa To Sexting (book review)

Parenting is not for the faint of heart! If you’re a parent and you feel like you need some help in parenting your tween or teen, From Santa To Sexting by Brenda Hunter and Kristen Blair is a wonderful resource.

From Santa To Sexting makes ample use of comments and emails from other parents. As I read these comments, I found myself feeling like I wasn’t alone in my parenting work. Sometimes parents wonder if they are the only one dealing with a particular issue with their son or daughter, so these notes from other parents help us realize that we all face the same parenting challenges.

Beyond that encouragement, From Santa To Sexting presents some rock-solid research on the current state of the youth culture. These stats help parents see what items are “non-negotiable,” and what items are not ones to get worked up about.

This book is written for parents of middle schoolers, or for those about to enter middle school. Without the details becoming gruesome, topics are dealt with in a very matter-of-fact manner. Topics such as friends, internet/media usage, bullying, and family values. I came away with great assurance that although the battle is tough, it’s not only worth fighting, it’s one we can win!

The writer of Proverbs in the Bible said it well: Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6). This book is a great resource in helping parents “train” their children in healthy ways.

I am a Leafwood Publishers book reviewer.

You Can’t Give What You Don’t Have

It seems like a pretty simple concept. If I don’t possess something, as much as I may want to give it away to someone else, I can’t do it.

We know this, don’t we? If my best friend really needs $20, and I really want to give him $20, I cannot help him if I only have $12 in my wallet. I cannot give what I do not have.

So when you take the time to strengthen yourself physically—by getting enough sleep, by exercising, by eating a healthy diet—you are simply preparing yourself to be able to give your physical strength to another.

When you take the time to recharge yourself emotionally—by taking some solitude time, by getting around positive people—you are preparing yourself to be able to give your emotional strength to another.

When you take the time to expand your mind—by reading a book, by taking a class—you are preparing yourself to be able to give your intellectual strength to another.

And when you take the time to renew yourself spiritually—by reading your Bible, by praying, by going to church—you are preparing yourself to be able to give your spiritual strength to another.

“Brethren, let us look well to our own steadfastness in the faith, our own holy walking with God. Some say that such advice is selfish; but I believe that, in truth, it is not selfishness, but a sane and practical love of others which leads us to be mindful of our own spiritual state.” —Charles Spurgeon

Look at the life of Jesus. He never apologized for taking time away to pray, to sleep, to talk with His Father. Then He was never at a loss when someone needed physical, emotional, intellectual, or spiritual strength.

What are you doing to recharge your batteries? It’s never selfish to take the time you need to gather the strength you will need to help others. In fact, being prepared mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually is one of the most loving things you can do.

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