Monday, January 12, 2009

Taking it Deeper Tuesday: Losing Control and Liking It

Last week one of the books toured was Losing Control and Liking It by Tim Sanford. It deals with parenting teenagers; something that all parents eventually have to do. If you read the book, share a piece of wisdom from it. If you didn't read it, ask others how they think the author would suggest dealing with a particular situation. If you survived parenting teenagers, give those of us in the trenches one piece of advice.

You can answer in the comment box below, or use the comment box to link us to your blog where you post the question and answer. Thanks!


  1. I really enjoyed this book as I have two teens at home right now. The author uses sound biblical advise about guiding your children into adulthood, and I appreciate that a great deal.

    The bottom line to me is realizing that we really aren't in control like we perceive ourselves to be anyway. Treating teens as the young men they are and are in the process of becoming - treating them with respect as an individual - these things are key at this stage.

    Ultimately, we as parents have to stay before God and seek His wisdom as we navigate this stage of parenting. This author points that truth out as well.

    There are no instructions that are fail safe - only God's Word and the principles set forth therein.

  2. Hi R'Ann,
    Thanks for visiting my blog last week and linking to my review. I have a very sick child and have not been able to blog or respond to comments often.
    I posted a Taking It Deeper Tuesday
    post here:

  3. I liked that Tim talked about taking "should" out of our vocabulary. It brings condemnation on our kids and on ourselves. It's hard not to tell your kids, "You 'should' have done your homework last night." Well, it's not biblical for them to do their homework and by us saying "should" it brings condemnation on them. We understand they needed to take the time to complete it so that it wasn't turned it late (if at all), but they have to reap the consequences of not getting it done.

    It's still hard for me not to think that way, because I think there are a lot of things that should and should not be done. :)

    I have a 17 and 15 yr old and it's not what I thought it would be. I'm bummed we're not closer than we are. Life has dealt some pretty tough blows on my girls and it's been a tough road for all of us.

    Blessings to those on the parenting journey!

    ~Mimi B

    wovenbywords dot blogspot dot com

  4. I think what I liked best was someone helping me and my husband define our roles in influencing our child. My son is 14, and I am a long way away from being through. Thank God! It goes too fast!


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