Winning the Heart of Your Child
9 Keys to Building a Positive Lifelong Relationship with Your Kids
"If you're looking to establish a lifelong connection with your kids, Mike Berry deserves your full attention."--Michael Hyatt, bestselling author of Your Best Year Ever and host of the Lead to Win podcast
Many of us enter parenthood with a perfect vision of what our family will be. But along the way we discover that the children we've been blessed with are real human beings with their own minds, ideals, and views of the world. Our influence only goes so far, and when those children reach the preteen and teenage years, it may seem to have disappeared completely. Yet at no time in your child's life is your positive, godly influence more critical.
If you're worried about your child pulling away, following poor role models, or making choices that will lead to pain and difficulty, Mike Berry has good news: it's not too late. He offers nine ways to help your child through these difficult years and develop a relationship with them that can weather any storm.
"A must-have for parents who truly want to connect with their kids."--Stephen Arterburn, bestselling author, counselor, pastor, and founder and host of New Life Live
"How I wish I would have had such a book as a young mom, but even as a mom of adult daughters and as a grandparent, I can still incorporate the life-transforming truths articulated here."--Sherrie Eldridge, author of 20 Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew
"Drop the guilt and shame and step into smart parenting strategies that actually work, building relationships to last a lifetime."--Cherie Lowe, author of Your Money, Your Marriage and founder of QueenOfFree.net
Mike Berry is the cofounder, along with his wife, Kristin, of the award-winning parenting blog Confessions of an Adoptive Parent and the virtual support site Oasis Community. A sought-after speaker, Berry lives in Indiana with his wife and their eight children.
"Small keys unlock large doors--especially the doors to our kids' hearts. I've watched Mike Berry live the message of this book. It's doubly inspiring--first, because of what he's done in his own family, and second, because of what his example means for the rest of us. If you're looking to establish a lifelong connection with your kids, Mike Berry deserves your full attention."
Michael Hyatt, bestselling author of Your Best Year Ever and host of the Lead to Win podcast
"Mike captures much of the essence and beauty of parenting, which can only come from years of experience, trial and error, and learning to see our children as God sees us. A must-have for parents who truly want to connect with their kids."
Stephen Arterburn, bestselling author, counselor, pastor, and founder and host of New Life Liv
"Mike's insight as a parent and a leader in the church will help every parent understand the significance of their role at every phase of a kid's life. Winning the Heart of Your Child is a great starting place to understand your role as a parent, shift your perspective, and fight for what matters most in parenting."
Reggie Joiner, founder and CEO of Orange and coauthor of the Phase parenting series
"Add Winning the Heart of Your Child to your parenting library today, and your children will thank you tomorrow. Mike Berry's mission to help you win your child's heart will have you laughing, reflecting, and taking action. An important must-read for parents everywhere."
Skip Prichard, CEO of OCLC, Inc., leadership blogger, and bestselling author of The Book of Mistakes: 9 Secrets to Creating a Successful Future
"A must-read for all who long to be the best parent or grandparent possible. With humility and authenticity, Mike Berry shares prerequisites for deepening relationships with kids and grandkids no matter what their stages in life. How I wish I would have had such a book as a young mom, but even as a mom of adult daughters and as a grandparent, I can still incorporate the life-transforming truths articulated here."
Sherrie Eldridge, author of 20 Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew
"This is a must-read for all parents. Drop the guilt and shame and constant worrying about whether you're doing everything wrong in raising your children. Step into smart parenting strategies that actually work, building relationships to last a lifetime."
Cherie Lowe, author of Your Money, Your Marriage: The Secrets to Smart Finance, Spicy Romance, and Their Intimate Connection and founder of QueenofFree.net
"Whirling together needed honesty and witty humor, Mike has given us a gift in Winning the Heart of Your Child. His invaluable perspective as a parent who understands trauma gives insight into children from a multitude of backgrounds; this book is a must-read for any parent. Winning the Heart of Your Child has a perfect mix of self-analysis, loving boundaries, and healthy expectations for all of us. Do yourself and your kids a favor and get this book into your hands."
Natalie Brenner, author of This Undeserved Life and writer at www.NatalieBrennerWrites.com
"Mike Berry, from his life experience, understands many things about parenting. At the top of his list is that in order to influence a child, a parent must be connected to their heart. He also understands that parental influence can be hampered by disconnected parenting. This very insightful and practical book introduces parents to the nine keys that open the door to lasting, meaningful, and healing relationships. I recommend this book for any parent who desires to build loving, connected families for a lifetime."
Jayne Schooler, coauthor of Wounded Children, Healing Homes and Telling the Truth to Your Adopted or Foster Child
"Mike's honesty is refreshing! As a mom through birth, foster care, and adoption, this book reminds me I'm not alone. Not only does Mike share from his personal experiences, but he also gives practical help while extending grace and inspires readers to think long term. As seasons change and your kids grow older, this book is one you will come back to time and time again."
Jami Kaeb, founder and executive director of the Forgotten Initiative
"Mike Berry offers a gift to the world of parenting in Winning the Heart of Your Child. The book is drawn from a deep well of personal parenting experience, and Mike encourages, challenges, and supports parents with grace, humor, and realism as they navigate the tumultuous waters of the adolescent and teenage years. This is a must-have for those of us who want to capture the hearts of our children and be an effective influence in their lives."
Jason Johnson, speaker, blogger, and author of ReFraming Foster Care: Filtering Your Foster Parenting Journey through the Lens of the Gospel
"As a mom just wading into the tween parenting phase, I'm so grateful to have this book in preparation for the teenage years. While it's a great resource for parents of teens who need a different approach, what a gift it is to those of us who are just setting our course! Many times, I found myself closing the pages of this book and being immediately faced with a real-life 'parenting pop quiz.' I was grateful for the perspective shift and Mike's wise and hopeful voice cheerleading me on. Winning the Heart of Your Child gives hope for a better way!"
Jamie C. Finn, author of Foster the Family
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