5 Days of Insight From Motivate Your Child: Favorite Quotes From The Book

This week I’ve been posting about some of the great things I’ve learned as I’ve read Motivate Your Child by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller. You can find the landing page with links to all of the posts, a link to the book, and a link to my full book review here.

This book was definitely one of those to read with a pen in hand to take notes and highlight things that stood out. I don’t often write in a book, but I quickly realized that I wanted to mark things in this one. As I’ve shared in these five days posts, I’ve covered some of those great underlined ideas, but there are many, many more I can’t get to. So in this post, I’m sharing a few more quotes that caught my eye as I read. These will give you something to ponder until you can get the book and read and learn for yourself.

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Internal Motivation
“Responsibility develops as children learn to rely on the internal prompting to do what’s right.”
“The challenge of parenting is to train kids to be internally motivated to do the right things, not just anything.”
“The goal of an external consequence is to build internal motivation to change.”
“The Scriptures take root in a child’s heart, equipping the conscience and guiding a child’s internal motivation.”
“Behavior modification requires that you give a reward that’s greater than the desire to do something different.”
“It’s not words alone that initiate change. It’s action associated with those words that communicates that you mean what you say.”
“One way to strengthen a child’s conscience is to end discipline times with a positive conclusion because it teaches children a specific plan for dealing with the uncomfortable feeling they have when they’ve made a mistake or have deliberately done the wrong thing.”
“Look for ways to affirm the child when correcting to maximize the discipline process.”
“The challenge of conscience development is to help children become more sensitive to the inner promptings they experience, and then to have the character to evaluate those promptings and respons appropriately.”
“Parents contribute to conscience development by carefully choosing their words and teaching their children that their words have value.”
“Honor builds the conscience because it increases the internal sense of obligation to treat others kindly.”
“Much of the work of conscience development has to do with developing awareness and new ideas, then practicing them.”
“Christians realize that God gave us the Bible to be our standard, and believers rely on God’s Word for their lives….a growing knowledge of God’s Word produces an internal sense of obligation to do what’s right.”
“Much of the heart change takes place in a child through prayer, study of God’s Word and by the grace of God at work in the child’s life.”
“It’s helpful to have regular discussions about the truth and about having the internal courage to speak the truth, even when it’s hard.”
“That’s why it’s important to spend a lot of time with God’s Word to make sure that what we’re hearing is actually from God.”
I hope you’ve been encouraged by the thoughts from Motivate Your Child. I’ve learned much from this book, and I’m planning on looking at some of the other resources that the National Center for Biblical Parenting has to offer.
Have you read Motivate Your Child? I’d love for you to share some of the things you’ve learned from the book.

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