Parenting is Heart Work

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If you're like most parents, you have developed your own parenting strategy—sometimes it seems to work, and other times—based on the way your child behaves—you wonder if it's working at all. There are countless ways to try to get a child's attention and to effect change—but here's the truth—unless you deal with a child through his or her heart, you are not likely to see lasting change.
In this breakthrough book, Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN, reveal how you can learn to truly reach your child's heart to teach, train, and build a tremendous relationship.
Parenting is Heart Work gives you the practical tools an easy-to-follow steps that will revolutionize how you: Turn Correction times into learning experiences. Equip your children to accept responsibility for their mistakes and meditate on the right things. Influence and adjust the values and beliefs your children hold. Maintain relationship with your children through love and emotional connectedness.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition (October 27, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781441528
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781441520
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces

Customer Reviews

A Book that Teaches You How to Focus on What’s Important in Parenting

13 people found this helpful.
 on August 4, 2015
By Rebecca Ray
Recently the National Center for Biblical Parenting began a new initiative to launch parent training centers in local churches, and I wanted to help. As a part of that initiative, I was given a copy of the book Parenting is Heart Work to review and to share my thoughts about, and so that’s what I’m doing today.


4 people found this helpful.
 on August 4, 2015
By B. Melton
I was well-versed in behavior modification techniques from my studies with animals so I thought raising kids would be easy. Boy, was I wrong! Animals and kids aren’t the same beast at all, these little people I have really do have minds of their own so what works for one doesn’t always work for another. This was the first book I read that discussed the difference between reaching a child’s heart and just getting them to look good on the outside. I’ve always wanted to raise my kids to know right from wrong and to be able to one day leave my home with some confidence that they’d be able to choose what’s right instead of what’s convenient, what I didn’t necessarily realize was those decisions would come earlier than I’d ever given thought to and would take more work reaching them. I hadn’t realized how much I’d appealed to my kid’s inner selfishness until I read some examples, “if you do this, then you get that” or “I’ll give you this if you do that” and began to hear how their responses reflected exactly what the book says, basically “what’s in it for me?” every time they were given an instruction. I have one strong willed child and one more easy going child, but they both need heart work. This book has helped me understand why I need to reach their hearts to help them form convictions (because we all have convictions) and how to do that. Using the break has been family changing for us! I’m so grateful that this book has opened our eyes to reaching the hearts of our children!

Excellent book

9 people found this helpful.
 on June 22, 2011
By Abigail Toyer
This book was an excellent guide to trying to teach children to change from their hearts. The heart is the seat of emotions and will, and the place where behavior starts. The only lasting change in our children’s behavior will come from changing their hearts and not just stopping bad behavior. This book was an easy read and gave many practical examples of how to implement the strategies they suggest. It is similar to Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp, but it is more readable and practical.

Great Christian Book On Parenting

6 people found this helpful.
 on August 5, 2011
By J.K.
I believe this book is the start of a change in the way we view parenting. The Lord has touched my heart through this book. Although I’ll never be the perfect parent, this book opens up parenting from the Lord’s point-of-view. You can use this book in your marriage and ministry as well because the overall idea of relating to the hearts of people is key for a successful life in Christ. Reaching the heart of an individual is what brings forth change. It is God Himself who changes the heart of a person, not the behavior. Reach the heart and the behavior will follow suit. I recommend this book for anyone!

Five Stars

 on June 15, 2017
By Harris
Very pleased with prompt delivery in great condition as described. High recommended to others.

Five Stars

 on March 6, 2017
By Peggy J. Williams
Excellent resource if you are raising a family.

Highly Recommend for all parents!

 on January 29, 2015
By Randi J. Rooks
Another great book by my fave parenting authors! These books never fail to get me back on track where I’ve wandered and help lift my perspective to what is MOST important. These are not theories – these are practical true lessons being passed down that I cherish as a mother of young children. So thankful I found this book as well as all the Turansky/Miller books. THANK YOU!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND! 🙂

Great book about the heart of a child and how to connect with them.

3 people found this helpful.
 on May 26, 2014
By Amazon Customer
This book was a blessing to me. The author did a great job revealing the difference between behavior modification and making lasting change in your child’s heart.


3 people found this helpful.
 on April 14, 2013
By Learning as I go
Excellent book. I found it really helped me to refocus on the priorities in my parenting. The odd thing is, I think this is what most parents know at heart and how they want to parent. Then we become parents and find reality confusing especially amidst all of the “good opinions” of other people.

Parenting is Heart Work

One person found this helpful.
 on February 22, 2016
By Sameeha
Parenting is Heart work is an awesome book! It really has touched my heart in how to raise my children in a godly manner. There is so many stories and examples you can use to help you teach your kids or to help you to be a better parent. It helps you to see that patience’s is the key to life and you don’t always have to raise your voice to get your point across. When I first got it I was reading it every night and couldn’t seem to put it down. I was having such a good experience that I got lost in it!! This book got delivered to me way before I was expecting it too. I really loved the quotes on the side of each page and I was able to share it with other friends who really enjoyed it! I highly recommend this book for families with any age child or if you’re not a parent yet. It will really open your eyes on new parenting skills!