Is "Joy-Building" the secret to raising mature healthy kids?
Joy-filled kids aren't always happy kids, but they do know how to work for and wait for what is truly satisfying in life. In The Four Habits of Raising Joy-Filled Kids you will discover a tool box full of skills that you can use with your children to help them grow in maturity and live with greater joy.
These tools help your kids, from infants to teens, build skills like:
The skills you'll learn in The Four Habits of Raising Joy-Filled Kids will not only help you parent your children well, but they will also help you grow joy in your family.
Praise for The 4 Habits of Raising Joy-Filled Kids
"If we were created for joy, and if every relational system in the world is modeled, ultimately, after the family, then who would not want to know how to raise joy-filled children who themselves then go on to be conduits of that joy in every institution they occupy? With The 4 Habits of Raising Joy-Filled Kids, Chris Coursey and Marcus Warner have given us a gem of a book that not only will change how you parent but also bring deep, lasting hope to all of your relational interactions. Read this book prepared to work. Read it prepared to be changed. But mostly, read it for the joy that is waiting for you as you do."
–CURT THOMPSON, MD, Author, The Soul of Shame and Anatomy of the Soul
"The journey from infancy to maturity is one that no child can make alone. Children need parents not merely to provide but to support and guide. But who will support and guide the parents? Marcus Warner and Chris Coursey have a keen understanding of the developmental needs of three-year-olds, thirteen-year-olds, and thirty-year-olds. Not only insightful but eminently practical, The 4 Habits of Raising Joy-Filled Kids is a primer every parent should read."
–BILL ST. CYR, PHD, cofounder of Ambleside Schools International
"Chris Coursey and Marcus Warner approach parenting from a different perspective than any parenting book I have read. In The 4 Habits of Raising Joy-Filled Kids, they hold up a worthy goal: raising children who are motivated by relational joy instead of fear. My one critique of this book is that they didn't write this book twenty years ago when our kids were young. If you are a parent or if you know a parent, this book is a gold mine. I'm already counting how many copies I plan to give away."
–MICHEL HENDRICKS, Director of Consulting at Life Model Works and coauthor of The Other Half of Church
"In The 4 Habits of Raising Joy-Filled Kids, Coursey and Warner provide needed resources to parents who want to build a relational home of joy and peace. This is what every parent who seeks counsel or coaching desires to learn. Every parent or soon to be parent wants this must-read book on how to raise resilient kids."
–LORI A. MATEER, MA, LPC, Red Rocks Church University Classes Counselor/Trainer
"The 4 Habits of Raising Joy-Filled Kids is an excellent parenting resource! It is full of practical and helpful insights into building joy-filled kids while encouraging growth and maturity at every stage of development."
–STEFANIE HINMAN, MS-ATR, BCCC, art therapist and counselor, coauthor of Building Bounce, author of Building Bounce with Kids
"Few jobs are more rewarding or difficult than that of parenting. Warner and Coursey, in their book The 4 Habits of Raising Joy-Filled Kids, offer solid help in navigating the challenging waters of parenthood. Their material is insightful, encouraging, and abundantly practical. You'll find that not only does their material equip you for becoming a better parent but a better person as well."
–PAUL AND MARILYN HONTZ, Parents of five adult married kids and fourteen "Grand Joys!"; author of Listening for God and Shame Lifter
"Where was this book when my kids were born? This is one of those books I will keep available for my coaching clients. Coursey and Warner have taken complex neuroscience and made it easy to understand and apply at every stage of your kids' development. Become the parent you want your kids to have. Read this book. Do the activities. Enjoy your family!"
–DAWN WHITESTONE, author of Strategic Business Prayer and founding partner of WhiteStone Professionals
"Jam-packed full of the best teaching on parenting, The 4 Habits of Raising Joy-Filled Kids is a no-nonsense, practical book that very clearly and concisely explains the ABCDs of parenting. Like none other, this book is profound, yet simple and practical. It is my number-one resource for new and experienced parents alike. Sure wish this had been available twenty years ago. Thank you Chris and Marcus!"
–TONI M. DANIELS, Operations Director and Training Champion, LK10; author, Back to Joy; coauthor, Joy Fueled
"The 4 Habits of Raising Joy-Filled Kids by Marcus Warner and Chris Coursey is one of the best books I have read on parenting. They bring fresh ideas for emotional training in joy, maturity, and relating without fear. This book should be on every shelf—and read—where children are present. Practicing what Warner and Coursey propose will transform families, adults, and children of all ages."
–BARBARA MOON, author of Joy-Filled Relationships and Joy-Filled Parenting with Teens
"Chris and Marcus are rock stars of clarity and practicality. They make the cutting-edge brain science of attachment understandable and useful. As a psychotherapist and a wounded healer, I have spent my life helping adults recover from early childhood attachment wounds. What a joy it is to read such clear guidance for parents longing to do a better job but not knowing what it looks like."
–MARGARET M. WEBB, MA, Clinical Psychology, Wheaton College Graduate School; cofounder of Alive and Well, Inc., and Director of Immanuel Encounter Training
"The 4 Habits of Raising Joy-Filled Kids is refreshingly deep and simple at the same time—the acronyms make the power points simple to remember. ABCD, CAKE, VCR—we are already starting to rehearse them so they will be in our minds when we need them. We celebrate how Chris and Marcus are creating such wonderful and practical applications in our day through their recent books that embody the wise integration of sound theology and the latest neuroscience."
–MICHAEL AND TERRI SULLIVANT, authors, speakers; Life Model Works; Radius Ministries; Terri Sullivant Coaching
"The 4 Habits of Raising Joy Filled Kids taught us more ways to CREATE joy. Marcus and Chris provide tools to help you identify trouble spots in a constructive way with assessments and reflections. In addition, they provide practical ways to incorporate these joy-building techniques with practical "Habit Builder" exercises. Even while reading the book we started putting into practice some "Habit Builders" with our grandchild and witnessed results immediately by CREATING joy in a common low-joy situation!"
–JIM AND MICHELLE YEAGER, parents of adult children and grandparents to children; WOW Church
"This is a foundational book for parenting. I.e., you need to read this one first. Easy to read with exercises that can make joy a reality in your family—no matter how old your children are. Warning: this book can be challenging as it may reveal the holes in how you were raised or mistakes you have made with your kids, but it is also hopeful because it is so practical. It lays out exercises you can do to change the path of your parenting and your children forever."
"Chris Coursey and Marcus Warner masterfully show us what joy-filled families look like in clear, easy-to-digest chunks. I am so thrilled to have this new resource, The 4 Habits of Raising Joy-Filled Kids. Again, practicality, simplicity, and clarity make this book a gem for any parent. I will be giving away lots of copies."
"The 4 Habits of Raising Joy Filled Kids is a concise and time-worthy bundle of help! If you've ever had parenting questions, you will now understand: the aim is to grow joy! I predict this easy six-chapter read will become a staple for families who will raise children filled with joy!"
"Parenting is definitely the hardest job. We have these beautiful tiny little babes that grow into independent beings, with no handbook on how to parent. Well, great news. Chris and Marcus have packaged the tools needed for attunement and parenting in their book The 4 Habits of Raising Joy-Filled Kids. These are tools that I wish I had known when my children were still at home, but I still use them now to nurture healthy relationships with my children, and these tools help me to be the kind of "Nana" who is available and joyful."
–ANNA HILL, Journey Church of God
"Bravo to Warner and Coursey for creating a stellar guide to parenting that integrates the wisdom of human development, attachment theory, brain science, and relational skills into a practical, approachable book. This is the best parenting book I have ever read because it addresses one of the heartaches of our world: that so few people understand what children and adults need—as well as what they need to master—to become joyful, resilient adults who are impacting our world for the good."
–ELIZABETH MOLL STALCUP, PHD, executive director of Healing Center International and author of Whispers in the Storm, Miracles, and the Facing Life's Losses workbook
"I read this book as a father whose children have all left the "nest." In doing so