Start with the Heart

How to Motivate Your Kids to Be Compassionate, Responsible, and Brave (Even When You're Not Around)
Narrated by: Ann Richardson
Length: 6 hrs
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Publisher's Summary

Parenting strategies you can be proud of. 

You know the feeling. You got frustrated, desperate, or overwhelmed, and you reacted before you could think it through. Whether it’s a onetime thing or it becomes a habit, we all parent in ways we don’t like. But it doesn’t have to continue. Whether it’s bribery, yelling, counting to three, or threats of punishment you didn’t mean to make, reacting never feels good. But if you can learn to act with intentionality, you’ll feel better about your choices and be grateful for the results. 

Dr. Kathy Koch (pronounced “cook”), author of Screens and Teens and 8 Great Smarts, will teach you proven strategies for training your child’s heart and parenting in a way that honors God. She’ll help you move your child from “I can’t, I won’t" to “I can, I will, and I did”. 

We can do better than “Because I said so” or “No screen time for three days”. We can do better than mere behavior modification. We can change our children’s hearts and teach them to do what is good, godly, and right even when we’re not around. Once you’ve learned to put these motivation strategies in place, there’s no more need to nag; you’ll be astounded at what your kids will do without being asked. 

Dr. Kathy doesn’t offer a quick-fix. Starting with the heart is all about changing what children believe in order to change their behavior. And learning to use this kind of motivation takes effort, consistency, and strategy, but it works. And it’s never too late! 

If you’re willing to commit to a little hard work up front, you’ll enjoy your kids, your life, and yourself much more when you learn to start with the heart.

©2019 eChristian (P)2019 eChristian

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amazing book but narration is awful

I unfortunately could only get through half the book. I kept coming back to the book because the content was what i have been looking for as a parent and I will definitely be buying it so I can read it myself. This will also be a good book to reference back to. But I couldn't get past the speaker. It was dry, dull and no life to the reading. You couldn't feel the words behind it and that's something i need when I'm listening to a book so that was a game changer.

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Valuable, Excellent Book - Must Read for Parents

In this book, Dr. Kathy Koch provides so much wisdom for parents, grandparents, and/or anyone who works with children. Start with the Heart is full of practical wisdom and encouragement that is applicable for everyday, real-life parenting. Dr. Kathy Koch has written it in a way that will help with your perspective on how you encourage your children, how you teach them, how you coach them every day. It's such a wonderful tool to help you understand how to build character in your children. This is definitely a book to have around to read and re-read throughout your parenting journey. And would be a great gift to give to new parents/anyone who works with children. Buy a hard copy - Keep it handy, highlight, apply it daily. Highly recommend reading "Start with the Heart - How to Motivate Your Kids to Be Compassionate, Responsible, and Brave (Even When You're Not Around)". Thank you, Dr. Koch, for taking the time to write this.