Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Motivate Your Child Action Plan {Review}

In January I was given the new book called: Motivate Your Child.It could not have come at a better time. Encouraging practical advice that does not beat around the bush.

As life goes I was still struggling to find a way to practically implement the biblical principles that were shared with me in the book.

 Dr Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN recognised the need of a book that would support and walk parents through how to implement the life changing information found in the Motivate Your Child book so they have written a new companion manual: Motivate Your Child Action Plan.

 About the book
  • It is 165 pages
  • Has dedicated space for your notes
  • Step by step guidelines to help you formulate an action plan in your parenting
  • Space for prayer points
  • Check lists
  • Access to 12 Audio sessions - one per chapter
  • Suggestions to correlating Motivate Your Child chapters to read for additional support and information.
  • ISBN 978-1-888685-68-8 (eBook)
  • ISBN 978-1-888685-67-1 (Paperback book)
This book provides effective strategies and valuable techniques/tools that parents need to help motivate their child(ren).

The authors point out on the first page, "Parenting is a process. It takes work and a lot of God's grace."

 The book covers
  • Relevance of good theology. 
  • Importance of building a stronger relationship. 
  • Three levels of thinking. 
  • Five components of the action plan for change: firmness, visioning, teaching, prayer and coaching.
  • Three C's of internal motivation: cue, conscience, and character. At the end of each chapter, there's a section titled, "Have a Meeting with Your Child" which encourages working and communicating with your child, studying your child, and evaluating what works and what doesn't.
  1. Change in Forty Days
  2. Where Do You Want to Go?
  3. The Map to Get There
  4. Working Together
  5. A Place for Firmness
  6. Visioning Moves You Forward
  7. Teaching Shows the Way
  8. Spiritual Energy Provides Strength
  9. Coaching Sets the Attitude
  10. Building Motivation from Within
  11. Growing Together
  12. Good Theology Makes it Work
Connect with NCBP
About the Authors
Scott Turansky has been a pastor and missionary for more than 33 years and is an author of several books. In addition to pastoring full time, Scott also conducts parenting seminars on Saturdays around the United States. He is the co-founder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting and has co-authored four books.
This book summarizes my counseling practice. It guides people through a process to use the principles God uses to change our hearts. And then parents can maximize change in their kids. - Scott Turansky

Joanne Miller is a pediatric nurse with 26 years of experience and the co-founder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting. She is the co-author of seven parenting books.

My Thoughts
I am really loving the support and encouragement that this book has to offer.  As a mom with a child newly diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum I am finding having this book a breath of fresh air.  I have been on the parenting journey for over twenty years now and some days I am just plain weary of being in the parenting trenches and often feel as though their is no progress.

One of the things I have most appreciated about this new book from Dr Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN is their supportive and encouraging approach to parenting.  They recognise that there is no one size fits all approach because every single family is an individual and therefore each and everyone has different needs based on their own family dynamic.

As you read through this book, you’ll discover new tools and ideas to incorporate into your strategy for your child. We’ll help you develop a specific, measurable plan to help your child change and move forward in life. This isn’t one of those books you read through once and you’re done. This book outlines a process that you’ll use over and over again with each of your children. - Page 2 of MYCAP

Parenting is not a job for the feint of heart and any positive biblical support is very welcome. I have learned that effective parenting requires three parts:  good theology, strategy and technique. In the book I was coached in finding a vision and then through firmness, prayer, coaching and teaching how to reach the biblical vision for my child.

One of the most encouraging aspects of the book is the idea of building team work between Nathaniel and I and including him in the solution.  This in turn equips him to internalize the necessary changes to his own life to bring about change, which for me is a huge sidestep in my parenting approach.

I am so grateful that the Lord has blessed our family with this book.  Autism Spectrum Disorder is a huge unknown factor and has brought about so many parenting challenges and parent/child frustrations in the last few weeks that I have been feeling so overwhelmed and ill equipped for the task of raising my child.

This book has brought about hope and a specific and measurable plan step by step and is helping us find our joy as a family once again.

I highly recommend the Motivate Your Child Action Plan from the National Center for Biblical Parenting.


As part of the new Motivate Your Child Action Plan launch the National Center for Biblical Parenting are offering a discount code: AP5BGT This code can be used for both the Action Plan book and the Motivate Your Child/Action Plan Combo.


  1. We have been blessed tremendously as well by this book! Character training is so important!


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