Title: Let Them Be Kids: Adventure, Boredom, Innocence, and Other Gifts Children Need
Author: Jessica Smartt
Release Date: June 9th, 2020
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
As every parent hopes to raise kids with good manners and values, Jessica Smartt’s practical guide fills the gaps of uncertainty and provides tips on how parents can equip their children in purity, faith, and creativity.
Former English teacher and homeschooling mother of three, Jessica Smartt felt the weight of helping prepare her kids for life, especially with all the outside pressures and influence of the world. She struggled with how she could raise her children with a sense of adventure, self-confidence, manners, faith, and the ability to utilize technology wisely.
Let Them Be Kids is Jessica’s offering of grace and confidence to moms, giving them practical ideas to meet these challenges. Her well-researched, tested methods, woven together with her personal stories and witty humor, deliver wisdom on the tough topics of life, such as
family time vs. outside activities,
being “cool” or not,
sexual purity, and
showing grace when kids disobey.
Part story and part guidebook, every chapter includes doable strategies and encouragement for the journey.
Let Them Be Kids helps moms feel confident and equipped with ways to provide a safe, healthy, Christ-centered childhood for their children. It leads them to conquer fear and find truth that transforms them and their families as it reminds them how to enjoy and cherish the special memory-making moments of building family values together.
Let Them Be Kids is a parenting book with tips and tricks to help that you can use to help raise kids at any age. Jessica Smartt gives readers many examples and tips like hiding electronics and games when you think your kids should appreciate nature and spend more time outdoors. All of her tips are practical and can be incorporated easily in your daily lives.
Each chapter focuses on a specific topic and how you can help your kids. I really enjoyed that Jessica is to the point and lets you know that these are her beliefs and it won’t always be the right move for you and your family. But she gives you enough tips that if one doesn’t work you can always try something else.
When she provides tips she explains the reasoning why they are beneficial. I liked that she also gives advice to adults. For example, when deciding how and when to have the sex talk and based on your beliefs she gives resources to help with explaining not only the anatomy but the spiritual aspect as well.
I give Let Them Be Kids 4 stars. I think that Jessica’s tools and tips can help answer so many questions parents ask themselves when they are raising kids. It’s simple and easy to read which is perfect for parents.
Connect with Jessica
Monday, June 22nd: @books_with_bethany
Tuesday, June 23rd: @storied.adventures
Wednesday, June 24th: @memoriesbymeyers
Wednesday, June 24th: @kingdom.mama
Thursday, June 25th: @books_faith_love
Friday, June 26th: @mommaleighellensbooknook
Saturday, June 27th: @this.suburban.life
Sunday, June 28th: @pnwbookworm
Monday, June 29th: @basicbookmomma
Tuesday, June 30th: @dropandgivemenerdy
Wednesday, July 1st: @somekindofalibrary
Thursday, July 2nd: @bluntscissorsbookreviews
Thursday, July 2nd: @sjthroughthelookingglass
Friday, July 3rd: @the.caffeinated.reader
Saturday, July 4th: @thelit_bitch_
Sunday, July 5th: @ifcatscouldread
Monday, June 22nd: The Inspired Prairie
Tuesday, June 23rd: Running Through the Storms
Wednesday, June 24th: Bookworm for Kids
Thursday, June 25th: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
Friday, June 26th: Leighellen Landskov Photography
Saturday, June 27th: @thesaggingbookshelf
Sunday, June 28th: Pacific Northwest Bookworm
Monday, June 29th: Write, Read, Life
Tuesday, June 30th: Stranded in Chaos
Tuesday, June 30th: @shelovesthepages
Wednesday, July 1st: Run Wright
Thursday, July 2nd: Blunt Scissors Book Reviews
Friday, July 3rd: @theunreadshelf
Monday, July 6th: @bibliolau19
Tuesday, July 7th: @irishgirliereads
Thursday, July 9th: @meetmeinthestacks
Friday, July 17th: Openly Bookish