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Connecting With Your Kids: How Fast Families Can Move from Chaos to Closeness [Paperback]

By Timothy Smith (Author)
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Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.2" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.57 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 30, 2005
Publisher   Baker Pub Group/Bethany House
ISBN  076420131X  
EAN  9780764201318  

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In Connecting With Your Kids, Smith helps families discover their unique personality. As a family coach for 30 years, Smith says there is a guilt-free solution for families who feel rushed. He encourages families to take control of their frantic pace, slow down, and maintain a rhythm that works. His book is a stethoscope to help listen to each individual's pulse in the family and develop a cadence that will benefit everyone. At the end of each chapter are questions for parents to discuss together and for parents to discuss with a child.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Timothy Jay Smith is a novelist and screenwriter who has won numerous awards, including the Paris Prize for Fiction, the Stanley Drama Award, and Grand Prize in several international competitions for his screenplay adaptation of COOPER'S PROMISE (Owl Canyon Press, 2012). He is the founder of Kosmos Films and the executive producer of a web-based comedy series. Tim and his partner split their time between Paris, Greece, and Miami Beach.

Timothy Smith currently resides in Detroit, in the state of Michigan. Timothy Smith was born in 1956 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Queen's University, Ontario.

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Revolutionary book for today's parents  Feb 11, 2006
Today's families are running at breakneck speed trying to be here, there, everywhere - all at the same time. In an attempt to enrich their children's lives, parents sprint from breakfast to bedtime. Yet what families need most of all is not activity, but connection, according to author and family coach, Timothy Smith.

In his revolutionary book for today's parents, Smith offers solutions through finding each family's heartprint, or pace. His book is divided into four sections: "Breathless Pounding" and "Checking your Pulse" explore the problem; "Discover Your Heartprint" offers tools for self-discovery; and "Making Your Heartprint Work" challenges families to put these ideas into action.

People pay the cost of jam-packed activity, says Smith. "The saddest consequence for fast-lane drivers is the detrimental impact their crazed pace has on their children." He feels a passion for teaching parents to slow down, to rest, and enjoy life as a family.

Connecting With Your Kids is absolutely perfect for Sunday school classes and small groups. He includes equal examples of moms and dads, so it's great for both genders. What makes the book so interesting is that it's packed full of real-life examples and dialogue. You may even forget you're reading non-fiction. Like reality TV, you're there. - Heather Ivester, Christian Book
A worthwhile and insightful book about increasing the quality of family life  Dec 17, 2005
The bookstores are flooded with parenting books, but what I like best about Timothy Smith's CONNECTING WITH YOUR KIDS is its unique spin on finding the right "pace" for your family. Rather than offer a one-size-fits-all approach, Smith acknowledges the uniqueness of every family --- and every family member --- and offers concrete suggestions to make your special combination of personalities mesh in a way that doesn't make everyone crazy.

Smith, a family coach and the author of THE SEVEN CRIES OF TODAY'S TEENS, believes most families need to slow down, although he acknowledges that some families function well at a fast pace. Many, however, are caught in the trap of too many music lessons, night classes, sports practices, tutoring lessons, youth groups...the list goes on and on. All of this is likely in the name of good parenting. As one mother said, "I don't know why, but we all believed that if some enrichment activities were good for our kids, then more enrichment activities would be even better."

Not so, says Smith. "Rushed living clogs up our lives and robs us of enjoyment, effectiveness, and energy," he writes. Many times, parents also get caught up in the chaos: volunteering, night classes, bringing work home, planning evening activities away. We stay up late to catch up, and wake up exhausted. "Frantic lives rob us of precious energy," writes Smith. We need to know why we do what we do. "Don't keep adding activities to your schedule just because you can."

To understand how your family might function the best, Smith divides our personalities into four "Heartprints:" Cruisers, Walkers, Runners, and Biathletes. Once you understand yourself and your child's personality, you can address the pace your family might function best at.

The "Cruiser" likes life to be predictable and feels out of control if things are going too fast, he says. Cruisers don't like to make mistakes and sometimes veer toward being perfectionists. "Walkers" like to take life slow and steady, but unlike the Cruiser, they like a faster pace forward. Walkers are often just that --- walkers --- and sympathetic listeners. They also like approval.

Runners squeeze as many things into a day as possible. They are the life of the party; everyone is their friend. Creative and energetic, they live life at warp speed, Smith writes. Biathletes, Smith says, are those who like to switch from fast to slow to fast again. They like variety and being in control.

After identifying the four Heartprints, Smith makes suggestions for parenting each type of personality (and parenting several different personalities in one family) that will bring out the best in each child. It's an interesting concept and definitely worth considering. If you like taking personality profile tests or quizzes, you'll enjoy this section of the book.

He also includes more general, practical ideas about changing an over-scheduled family, including a list of nine questions to ask yourself before signing up your child for another activity. ("How does the activity affect all family members?" "How much time in the car will it require?" "Will it interfere with meals, bedtimes, vacations, religious observations, holidays, and family commitments?"). Two sets of discussion questions at the end of each chapter are included: one set for parents to discuss, another for parents to use with their children.

As a now-identified Walker parent of a Runner and a Cruiser, I appreciated that Smith allows for uniqueness among families rather than a cookie-cutter approach. Even if your family isn't overscheduled, this worthwhile book will give you some good insights into increasing the quality of your family life.

--- Reviewed by Cindy Crosby. [...].
A manual for a better family life!  Nov 23, 2005
Timothy Smith is a speaker, family coach, author and president of Life Skills for American Families.

In Connecting with Your Kids, Smith offers sound, logical and practical advice to help parents discover and embrace the idea that parenting does not have to overwhelm you or take all your time and resources. He gives permission to cut back on activities and reduce the frantic pace of life while enriching family relationships. Smith believes that each family has a distinct personality and he maps out a plan where parents can discover theirs. This allows them to live a fuller and richer life with their children--the life that God wants them to have.

Children want their parents to "be present." It is a message of love and that they "matter." By "slowing" down, Smith believes families can deepen their relationships with each other and experience joy.

The discussion questions at the end of each chapter involve both parents and children. They elicit information about the needs of each individual and the family as a whole. The appendix is particularly helpful in providing examples of no-agenda time with the different age groups within a family. It also provides a quick look at the different heartprint (styles) that exist in individual family members (Walkers, Runners, Cruisers, Biathletes) and provides varied ways to relate to each style.

Armchair Interviews says: If you want to slow your pace, enjoy your family more and live the family life God wants for you, Connecting with Your Kids is a manual that should be in your home. If you use it wisely and properly, it should look ragged and used in no time at all.

Do you have a frenzied schedule with your kids?  Nov 10, 2005
This is a must-read for today's parents. It examines the over-scheduled family of today and why the fast pace is a detriment to having healthy family relationships. You will be able to identify your child/children in the 4 types that the author describes. While some children can handle school, sports and other scheduled activities, others cannot. It shows up eventually in depression, rebellion, etc. This book will stop many parents in their tracks and help them to slow down and really connect with their children. Time for solitude and reflection is essential for all of us. Yet our hurried culture doesn't allow this concept to develop in our children. Reading this book and putting the concepts into practice will bring some balance into your household and strengthen relationships with your kids.

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