About the Book
Book: Raising Kids Who Care
Author: Susy Lee
Genre: Non-fiction: Parenting and Family
Release date: June 9, 2021
Imagine knowing what your kids care about, having them listen to what you care about, then doing something about it, together!
Communication and connection are the key, and this is exactly what this book allows you to do. It guides you through 40 conversations to have with your kids, ones that really matter.
Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, educator or just care about kids and the world they’re growing up in, this book will provide you with rich resources and surprising insights to create that genuine connection.
In our complex world, we need to be aware of looming pitfalls and be intentional in helping kids navigate their way to compassion and wonder, driven by values and purpose. This path of conversations leads to amazing hope.
We all want kids to have happy, loving lives. As a society, we need kids who are also capable of thinking and acting beyond themselves to help others have happy, loving lives too. This book gives you what you’ll need to achieve both.
Inside, you’ll discover:
- Stories and research to inform your conversations
- Relationship skills to build empathy (like listening and conflict resolution)
- How to combat the worrying influences of our culture (like consumerism and technology)
- How to grow resilience, self-confidence, character, and strength
- How our kids can solve problems, rather than being brought down by them
- Thoughts and tips from other parents
- Advice from caring young adults about what worked for them!
About the Author
Susy Lee helps families build a strong culture of communication and contribution. Her book ‘Raising Kids Who Care’ is the winner of international prizes from the Best Indie, Royal Dragonfly and Feathered Quill Book Awards.
Majors in psychology and theology, and a master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies, helped Susy consider how parenting and wealth equity play roles in social cohesion. Her career twirls around the twin themes of social justice and children, including state and national education and consultancy roles with children and families, international aid and development, and advocacy.
Susy is also an engaging presenter who has taught in schools and churches, lectured at universities, and run conference workshops for parents and families.
She lives a bike ride from the beach in Sydney, Australia, dances whenever music plays, and has raised two caring sons with her husband Brian. Susy has created generational change in her family.
More from Susy
I didn’t grow up in a Christian family, but I loved watching my children grow up in our church community. They had relationships of all ages and many opportunities to practise caring – things I’d missed.My boys grew to be young men who are kind and faithful, with careers that will contribute to God’s world.
In my book I’ve brought together some useful stuff I’ve researched (because I didn’t trust my own broken upbringing), and that I’ve learnt in my ministry with caring Christian organizations. And I’ve made it a resource for families to talk together – kids are amazing when we make time to really listen to them.
This book is not just for Christians though. I wrote it for parents who care about growing compassion and generosity in their kids. I wrote for parents who want to protect their kids from the strong cultural forces in our world that would lead kids astray. And I wrote it for parents who want to raise kids who believe they can do something about the problems in the world, not be overwhelmed by them.
I also wrote it for grandparents to give to their kids who are now parents – maybe even those who no longer go to church. I wrote it for parents who want to be intentional – maybe because their parents were not. And I wrote it to help churches reach out to parents who need support and encouragement.
Just quietly: I want to change the world, one family at a time! I love the vision of the Kingdom of God, and I think that families who know how to communicate well, about all the issues that surround them, will be better equipped to help bring the Kingdom to earth, as it is in heaven.
I’m delighted that God has already blessed my work – the book has won several prizes including First Place in The 2022 Christian Indie Awards in the Relationships and Family Category. Many churches have already used the book to run events for families. You can learn more about me and the book on my website: https://www.raisingkidswhocare.info/.
Overall, Raising Kids Who Care by Susy Lee is a good text for today’s parents. As a mom and teacher, I often feel like I can use all the help I can get. I love that this book comes from the premise of us adults helping the kids in our lives to build relationships and become strong, capable communicators. I’ve been a mom for a decade and a teacher for almost two, and I can say from all this experience that kids today are losing the ability to create and nurture true and deep relationships and they cannot communicate well. And, yes, it’s singlehandedly because of technology. I read a really scary book this past June called The Teenage Brain and the one thing that glued itself to my brain is that when an adolescent/teen spends large amounts of time on tech, they strip their brains of white brain matter. Once they loose white brain matter they can NEVER get it back. White brain matter is what makes a brain mature and functioning. Not only do they lose white brain matter, but they also lose the ability to function as a person in an actual society. Susy Lee’s point in this text about kids needing to build real relationships is my biggest takeaway from her book. Yes! Kids need to get off tech and spend time with actual humans. Lee has included fantastic conversation starters (my FAVORITE sections of this book!) and helpful prompts so kids can practice in the safety and comfort of their own homes how to communicate with others, how to foster empathy, and how to build deep ties to a community. I plan to use these conversation starters and prompts with my own daughter. These sections alone make Raising Kids Who Care a book you need to place on your TBR list immediately!
Raising Kids Who Care is jam-packed with a lot of good information. There is way more to say than I can adequately address in a single review. If you work with young people or have children of your own I highly recommend purchasing a copy of this text today and reading it ASAP.
I received a review copy of this novel in eBook form from the publisher, Celebrate Lit, via Bookfunnel. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
To celebrate her tour, Susy is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of Raising Kids Who Care!
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