Kristen Welch has quickly become one of my favorite authors. She is humble and raw and wanting to lead her kids well in a culture that is shifting and changing.
Kristen has authored a few books, and you can find her online at WeAreThatFamily.com.
She will be the first to say parents want to quickly grab Raising Grateful Kids because that seems more doable than Raising World Changers.
And I would say both seem impossible some days.
Kristen does not offer quick fixes or fail proof ways to raise grateful kids who are also world changers. Instead she lays before us her heart to raise kids who love God and love others.
And that my friends, will change the world.
Neither of these books are how-to manuals. Instead, they are her family’s real life, day to day stories of what’s working and what’s not.
The first story in Raising Grateful Kids stopped me in my track. It engaged the need for parents to say no. For parents to set boundaries and have expectations of kids following said boundaries. It resonated so hard for me, because we as parents want to say yes to our kids. We want to give our kids good gifts. But sometimes the answer has to be no. And I wonder how often our disobedience leads the father to say no when he would rather give the good gift.
In Raising Grateful Kids there are age appropriate ideas and suggestions to try. And I would say some of them have helped changed our family in significant ways. She combats tough topics such as social media and the “selfie society.” As well as choices we need to make as a family. The book comes with a helpful discussion guide to engage in a study and helpful suggestions to try as a family.
In Raising World Changers, Kristen challenges her readers to grapple with the idea of excess. She explores their idea of generosity and risk and sacrifice. She caused me to dig deep into my world perspective and name our family values and truly put them into practice.
I find myself constantly quoting Kristen’s books and when parents ask for resources, these are some of the most helpful.
We are giving away a copy of Raising World Changers! E-mail Team@Kid2Teen.com and tell us why you want to raise World Changers, and we’ll randomly pick one lucky winner and send you a copy!