Play to Their Strengths: A New Approach to Parenting Your Kids as God Made Them

Play to Their Strengths: A New Approach to Parenting Your Kids as God Made Them

by Brandon Miller, Analyn Miller


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Bring Out the Best in Your Children

How can a good parent like you become an even greater parent? By shifting the focus to what’s right with your kids instead of what is wrong with them. Discover how you can replace your frustration with joy by taking the pressure of performance and comparison off your children’s shoulders.

Based in the belief that every child has God-given greatness within them, Play to Their Strengths shows you how to move with the natural momentum of your kids’ talents and make the shift to a collaborative, strengths-based, and motivational approach to parenting. You’ll see the powerful results of this shift in your children’s shining eyes—and your own.

The unique Playbook in the back of the book equips you to put into practice the ideas in each chapter. Answer questions and engage in activities with your spouse and kids to uncover talent and discover greatness. The Playbook makes great advice personal as you apply it to the specific family dynamics in your home.
Now is the perfect time to experience a fresh fascination with your children and uncover the hidden gem inside each of them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736976176
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 06/04/2019
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 418,905
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

Brandon and Analyn Miller are successful business owners and the parents of seven children. They are passionate about seeing families engage a strengths-based parenting approach that unearths the uniqueness in every child and empowers positive parent-child relationships through every stage of life. Brandon is a Certified Strengths Coach through the Gallup Organization and the CEO of 34 Strong, a coaching and consulting firm dedicated to improving employee engagement. Analyn owns and operates the Analyn Miller Group, part of Keller Williams Realty.  

Table of Contents

Foreword Scott Hagan 11

1 Inspire Your Kids to Shine 13

2 Exchange Frustration for Fascination 25

3 Live in Discovery Mode 39

4 Identify and Honor Their Strengths 51

5 Uncover Their Calling (Ciera's Tale) 63

6 Activate the Ripple Effect (Bailee's Tale) 73

7 Seek Your Super 81

8 Don't Buy the Lies 91

9 Overcome Weaknesses 103

10 Focus on the Positive 113

11 Declare the Truth over Your Children 125

12 Spot Strengths in Toddler to Tween Years 135

13 Train Teens and Empower Young Adults 151

The Parenting Playbook 167

Notes 213

About the Authors 217

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Play to Their Strengths: A New Approach to Parenting Your Kids as God Made Them 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Sprinkle23 7 months ago
In Play to Their Strengths, Analyn and Brandon Miller challenge and encourage parents to use a strengths-based parenting style. Core to this philosophy is the belief that God gives each child certain gifts (pg.19). It is an intentional strategy to focus on what's right rather than what's wrong with a child (pg.20), but is not intended to lead to overly permissive parenting (pg. 33). Reading Play to Their Strengths was enjoyable. Unlike some non-fiction books, I didn't find myself bogged down or bored in the middle. The writing style was relatable with occasional humor. At times I did wish for more specifics from their process instead of a bland statement of going from one thing to another. Overall though, it was easy to read and I expect to pick it up annually. Since reading Play to Their Strengths, I have found myself being more mindful to notice what my children are doing right and giving positive, verbal affirmations. I absolutely love the idea about staying fascinated with my kids as they grow. There were a few statements that really made me think – like how fear is often the source of our anger. The more I thought about the idea and examined subsequent moments of anger, I found it true for me that there is often (but not always) a certain fear lurking underneath. I liked the chapter about finding your own strengths and using them as you parent. Each chapter of Play to Their Strengths offers discussion questions at the end and there is a “Playbook” with ideas for further consideration or activities to do with the children to help uncover their gifts. I recommend Play to Their Strengths by Analyn and Brandon Miller to any parent, but it is targeted toward Christian parents. Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
EmilyBoyMom 12 months ago
"Play To Their Strengths" is an easy to implement, faith filled, encouraging book for all types of parents. If you've ever heard of the Clifton Strengths Finder tests, this book highlights the way parents can take use of the system to help them better understand their kids. Often we hear of parents who want to push their kids into trying so many things, forgetting that if we would observe them more and encourage a LOT more, we'd make better progress. Analyn and Brandon Miller share their experiences in their own parenting journey, giving the reader helpful suggestions along the way, in the hopes the reader can learn from them. The style is that of a conversational one, filled with support for both the parents and their kids. There are helpful "playbook" points in each chapter, as well as several types of parenting quizzes at the end of the book relating to specific chapters. I found "Play To Their Strengths" to be a helpful, thorough book with a lot to offer parents who are trying to understand how to encourage greatness in their children. If we focus on all they can't do, we're missing out on what they CAN do. I think anyone who works with children and young people could pull useful information out of this book! I was thankful to be a part of the team, thanks to Harvest House Publishers and received an early reader PDF. All opinions are my own.
Sarah823SP More than 1 year ago
This book talks about learning what makes your kids eyes light up by living in discovery mode. Looking for their strengths, playing to them, celebrating them. Then building on their strengths, passions, and God given talents. The best part of the book was the connection that it is paramount role to anchor our children in truth. Galatians 5:1. My favorite quote is :”we must be the loudest voice in our children’s lives reminding them that they were crafted in detail by God for greatness.” It is strongly connected to Clifton’s strengths test. The authors have a tool available to help identify your kids strengths I look forward to testing it. Thankful to partner with Harvest House and read an advance copy.