What The Publishers Say About Let Them Be Kids
As every parent hopes to raise kids with good manners and values, Jessica Smartt’s practical guide fills the gaps of uncertainty and provides tips on how parents can equip their children in purity, faith, and creativity.
Former English teacher and homeschooling mother of three, Jessica Smartt felt the weight of helping prepare her kids for life, especially with all the outside pressures and influence of the world. She struggled with how she could raise her children with a sense of adventure, self-confidence, manners, faith, and the ability to utilize technology wisely.
Let Them Be Kids is Jessica’s offering of grace and confidence to moms, giving them practical ideas to meet these challenges. Her well-researched, tested methods, woven together with her personal stories and witty humor, deliver wisdom on the tough topics of life, such as
- family time vs. outside activities,
- being “cool” or not,
- technology usage
- sexual purity, and
- showing grace when kids disobey.
Part story and part guidebook, every chapter includes doable strategies and encouragement for the journey.
Let Them Be Kids helps moms feel confident and equipped with ways to provide a safe, healthy, Christ-centered childhood for their children. It leads them to conquer fear and find truth that transforms them and their families as it reminds them how to enjoy and cherish the special memory-making moments of building family values together.
What I Say About Let Them Be Kids
Let Them Be Kids is advice from a mom-of-three to parents at any stage and the message can be summarized simply by the 5 points which she recommends parent include in their adventurous, good life plan:
risk and independent, laughter, nature, challenge and success and newness.
As a new mom, Smartt’s word resonate with me. A lot of what she shares are lessons I might have learned from watching my mother raise me, if I had known to pay attention then. She espouses the need to see each child as individual with specific gifs that need to be nurtured – as two plants grafted from the same stem need to be tended differently, but also the wealth of information a parent can glean from just paying attention to the cues. I loved that the book is structured in short essays that broach specific topics so it feels more like a resource book that would be easy to refer to when a need arises. Along that same vein, the book also contains lists of suggested activities to incorporate into any parenting plan and that feels helpful.
As the author is a practicing Christian, her analysis and advice are filtered through her belief system so she discusses the need for acknowledging the gifts that children are, the act of praying for our children and raising them to know and respect for God. The experiences she shares are colored by that perspective but the her writing is so straightforward and practical that even an unbeliever should find the book approachable and helpful.
Note: I received a complimentary copy of Let Them Be Kids from Thomas Nelson Publishing and TLC Book Tours in order to complete this review. I was not otherwise compensated but for a new mom like me, this book feels like a gift.