Tuesday, June 23, 2020



About Let Them Be Kids: Adventure, Boredom, Innocence, and Other Gifts Children Need

Paperback: 256 Pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 9, 2020)
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,
  • boredom,
  • technology usage
  • 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.

Purchase Links

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My Thoughts:

Let Them Be Kids by Jessica Smartt is a book that explores family traditions, experiences, memories, adventure, imagination, family values and creating life habits. I love how many of the concepts in this book are laid out in a simple fashion that allow the reader to be able to pray and implement in their family. I love the chapter on boredom. I think in a culture where busyness has become an idol and god in our families between sporting events, school and home, this chapter was refreshing. I love the idea that your children should be allowed to get bored because boredom creates and sparks imagination. In a culture where we hand our children devices to pacify time, I am re-thinking about how we allow our children to experience boredom. This chapter really stuck out to me and I thought this is something I would want to implement in our home.
Overall, this book is a great read for parenting and provides practical things that we want our children to experience. I highly recommend picking up a copy today!

About Jessica Smartt

Jessica Smartt is a former English teacher turned homeschooling mama of three. A week after her first baby was born, she began her motherhood blog “Smartter” Each Day. Jessica and her husband live in beautiful North Carolina, where she loves hiking with kids (mostly), steaming coffee in the afternoon, family bike rides, and anything that’s ever been done to a potato.

Connect with Jessica

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1 comment:

Sara Strand said...

I'm reading this one right now as well and I've already got some ideas to use with my four kids. Thank you for being on this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours