God created the family to be a powerful, life-shaping force in the lives of our children to be the place where their potential can be energetically and effectively nourished and cultivated. Sadly, in today s culture, kids and parents alike often treat the home as the spot to recharge their cell phones, change clothes between activities, and crash at night. It's time we moved beyond the status quo and learned to use the tools the Master Gardener has provided for tending our homes and teaching our children. Zan Tyler will help you recognize the signs of potential in each of your children, signs that are easy to miss yet are ripe for cultivation. As you read, you will find exciting ways to enable your kids to establish a godly identity, discover their purpose, develop a biblical worldview, and build leadership and communication skills.
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Zan Tyler is the Director of Apologia Press, a division of Apologia Educational Ministries. She founded the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools in 1990 and served as its president for ten years. She has been honored as the South Carolina Homemaker of the Year, and in 1998 the governor awarded her the Order of the Palmetto, the highest South Carolina honor a civilian can receive. A popular speaker and columnist, Zan has also served as the National Grassroots Director for ParentalRights.org. Zan and her husband, Joe, homeschooled their three children from kindergarten through high school.Review:
When one of my sons was little, we read about David Livingstone going to Africa with medical aid. My little boy looked up at me, and said, "Maybe I'll start lots of hospitals when I grow up, Mamma." My heart thrilled at the thought of my son the missionary doctor. Not too much later we decided that our son would not be following that path since he grew faint at the sight of blood. But we wondered what would he do? How should we steer him?
Zan Tyler helps parents answer that question in her excellent book, 7 Tools for Cultivating Your Child's Potential,. Tyler's well-thought out and inspiring book gives parents insight into helping point children in the right direction for them. Her chapters on identity, intimacy, purpose, worldview, character, academics, and leadership suggest helpful books and websites, offer apt anecdotes and insightful reasoning, and quote well-chosen scholars.
Though the book is aimed at homeschoolers, Tyler offers principles and insights that can be used by all parents. Especially refreshing is her rejection of "accidental" parenting. Instead she gently teaches intentional parenting. The book is not for parents who want to be consultant-facilitators in their children's lives, but for those who want to fully prepare the children for what God has for them.
Tyler's style is warm and friendly. She includes apt illustrations from her homeschooling background but goes beyond her experience to provide resources from others that she found helpful. The reader does not feel overwhelmed by the "perfect" mother, but rather, Tyler shares her past tears and fears. New homeschoolers will find the book similar to sitting down with a cup of tea at the kitchen table with a learned, homey friend. --Debbie W. Wilson, ChristianBookPreviews.com
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