Title: Pearls and Tools of Wisdom for Parents & Children
Author: Donna Gardner
Genre: Children’s Book
Publisher: Reignaissance Publications
Publication Date: September 15, 2015
Do you want to raise a child that is WISE?
As adults we are charged with protecting our most precious commodity… our children. The greatest protection we could offer them is to provide them with guidance on attaining wisdom. Within the pages of this book you will read the pearls of wisdom offered in God’s word. As well as learn tools that you and your child can apply to everyday life. May Pearls and Tools of Wisdom for Parents and Children be a blessing for you and your family as it provides guidance on the importance of listening, praying, learning, being positive, being good, working, and persevering.
The book is an excellent teaching tool. Adults can easily get their hands on a devotional to keep their compass aligned with the teachings of God. However, it’s not always so easy to find something for children that is has the concepts broken down to the point where children can understand. Dr. Gardner makes the foundational truths of God’s teachings easy to understand and makes a means for a great conversation between parents and their kids.
I love how the book is written for both parents and kids to reflect on the teachings together. Gods teachings are supposed to be applicable to children and adults (where ever they are in their life). As a parent, it’s all too easy to tell a child that this is what God said for “you to do.” But what kids really see is how the parent is really following God’s Word in their daily lives. This book allows for kids to see God’s truth in action in their own lives as well as the lives of their parents.
Chapter 4 – Just LOVE
Hello Parents and Children J Dr. Donna here to talk to you about the word Love. Love can be heard and seen all around. You may love your parents, your school, your animal, your friends, and even your annoying siblings! However, there is someone we must love FIRST, before EVERYTHING… that someone is God.
God wants us to love him because God loves us! God Is Love. God tells us that we show love by sharing, speaking kind words, and even showing forgiveness to others who have hurt us. When you do acts of love, not only will it cause others to feel good, but YOU will feel good too! The more love we give, the more love we feel.
Proverbs 14:21 – It is wrong to say bad things about your neighbors. Be kind to the poor, and you will be blessed
Proverbs 16:24 – Kind words are like honey; they are easy to accept and good for your health
Proverbs 25:11 – Saying the right thing at the right time is like a golden apple in a silver setting
Parents and Children: Try this activity –
- Think about a person you know who you can show love to. What is one loving thing you can do for them this week?
- Then think about someone who you don’t know that you can help. For example, Parents, is there someone on your job who could use your assistance? Children, is there someone in your class who could use your loving help?
Dr. Donna’s Advice for Girls/Women:
Proverbs 31:20 states: “She always gives to the poor and helps those who need it” and Proverbs 31:26 explains: “She speaks with wisdom and teaches others to be loving and kind.” Both verses offer guidance to girls and women that love is shown by being generous in the words that we speak and by the actions we demonstrate towards others
Dr. Donna’s Advice for Boys/Men:
Proverbs 15:18 verse explains that: “A quick temper causes fights, but patience brings peace and calm.” This verse helps us to understand that boys and men can show love by being more patient (slow to anger)
Dr. Donna Gardner earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Binghamton University, and Master’s and Doctoral degrees in School Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University. She is in possession of a Georgia certification in School Psychology and a Georgia license in Psychology. She has over 15 years experience working in Pre-K -to-12 schools, and other clinical settings such as foster care and community based mental health agencies. Her areas of expertise include assessment, intervention, consultation, and counseling.
In addition, Dr. Gardner has over 8 years experience teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses for institutions such as Long Island University, Argosy University, University of Phoenix, Saint Leo University, and Iona College. She has published several articles in peer reviewed psychological journals and has presented at various national conferences. Dr. Gardner is a native New Yorker, now residing in Atlanta Georgia.
Currently, Dr. Donna is in the process of publishing two additional books: the first a memoir/self-help book on coping with mood disorders, the second a children’s book on multicultural resiliency.
When not engrossed in psychology or writing, Dr. Donna enjoys dancing, practicing Bikram Yoga, traveling, sampling new restaurants, doing community service activities with her sorority, and spending time with family & friends.
You can find Dr. Donna on:
Her Website – www.donnadoctora.com
Facebook for the book – https://www.facebook.com/pearlsandtoolsofwisdom
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/drdonnagardner
Twitter – @donnadoctora6
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