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Teachable Moments

Teachable Moments


by Marybeth Hicks

Language: English

SKU: 3053758


Publisher:Howard Books

ISBN-13: 9781476757438

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Description of Teachable Moments by Marybeth Hicks

Former White House policy expert, nationally syndicated columnist, and media advisor on all things parenting, Marybeth Hicks offers practical and heartfelt solutions for families to bond through social media and cultural advancements.

All parents face tough questions of how to guide their kids in today’s media-obsessed culture. Whether it’s deciding how to monitor your child’s Internet usage, knowing what to watch—and not to watch—on TV, or facing the question of when a child should be allowed to access Facebook, parents must navigate the new and ever-changing opportunities the digitized world provides for our youth. So where to begin? In Teachable Moments, Hicks offers positive and productive ways to teach their children about media, freedom, and responsibility without shunning technology and culture.

Hicks’s practical and heartfelt solutions allow families to grow together while navigating a controversial media-based culture. Instead of shying away or completely isolating children from these difficult and sometimes uncomfortable cultural changes, she suggests media be used as a tool to teach children to live moral and faithful lives. For example, instead of directly stating the age at which a child should be allowed to have a Facebook account, Hicks digs deeper with sample responses and questions children may have and how a parent can use those responses as a chance to guide, explain, and instruct their children with Christian values.

As the go-to expert on parenting today, Hicks has established herself as a widely trusted source on all things parenting—especially when it comes to the media. Teachable Moments is not only a handy reference book for parents at any stage in the parenting journey; it is an essential guide to helping your children grow into responsible, well-informed, and faithful adults.

Product: Teachable Moments
Author: Marybeth Hicks
Binding Type: Hardcover
Media Type: Book
Number of Pages: 288
Weight: 1.05 pounds
Length: 9 inches
Width: 5.9 inches
Height: 1.2 inches
Publisher: Howard Books
Publication Date: August 2014
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5 StarsExcellent Resource on Intentional Parenting
This is the first book I've read by cultural commentator and author Marybeth Hicks, but I guarantee you I'll be reading her other books after readingTeachable Moments: Using Everyday Encounters with Media and Culture to Instill Conscience, Character, and Faith. The Howard Books release will assuredly revolutionize my parenting--and yours too, if you'll let it. Hicks talks a lot about parenting in the moment and parenting intentionally--thinking ahead about the values, character traits and morals you want to instill in your children. She urges parents to take advantage of the unplanned and unexpected moments, using them to teach and mold our children. In fact, Hicks says that not taking advantage of teachable moments sends the opposite message--that the culture's values are okay. And in a culture that seems to lack a moral compass, that's not a good thing for Christian parents and their children. In Teachable Moments, Hicks employs a conversational and somewhat humorous tone to illustrate a variety of situations and moments in life that parents can seize and use to develop character and faith in their kids. For each of the following areas, she takes a chapter to address 10 common teachable moments: family, media, friendship, school, sports, and the real world. In each of those chapters, Hicks gives practical examples, showing parents how to navigate moments when kids are faced with issues like suggestive music or television shows, cheating at school, bad sportsmanship, bullying, and even sexual health and education in schools. At the end of each chapter you'll find "The Lesson Plan" which features a helpful synopsis and practical tips related to the teachable moments presented in that chapter. Overall, Teachable Moments is practical, helpful and challenging. The concepts are surprisingly simple, yet not easy. They will require time, commitment, and intentionality; however with this resource in hand, parents can learn to take advantage of those teachable moments, molding children of character and conscience while also strengthening family ties. I highly recommend this book to parents of children of all ages. It's one of my new go-to resources on parenting. Teachable Moments is definitely worth the investment, and it's one volume I'll refer to over and over again as I grow as a parent. * Note: I received a copy of the book from NetGalley for this honest review. However, the opinions expressed are my own.
Published 8 months ago by Laura Langley
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