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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

I am working on a book that will be published in 2009 by Harvest House. (Yippee and Praise God!) It’s titled “When Your Child Hurts” and I’ll be addressing common, everyday hurts that children face every day. The book will help parents help their children now, and equip them to deal with life’s challenges in the future. Another goal for the book is that parents will be helped as well – since I have discovered that I have the potential to turn into an over-protective, primeval cave-mama when my cubs are hurt, plus I get all mixed up with my own painful memories of being hurt as a child – not the best for them or me.

My plan is to include the stories of parents who have experienced God’s wisdom, and have made good decisions that have helped their child(ren). I’m looking for very practical tools to give parents. So what has worked for you? Either as a parent or as a child whose parents did something right?

Would you be willing to share the story with me? (I can change names if that helps). I have included a list below of the topics I’ll be addressing. I’m even open to adding another chapter or two if I’ve missed something.

If you would like to share your experiences, and help other moms and children, please send me a note, and let me know a bit about your story. If the story involves your child, please speak with him or her and make sure they are okay with the story being published. I’m sure you would do that anyway. As someone who often writes about her children, I’ve learned the importance of getting their approval before sharing with the world.

Here are the different topics the book will cover:

1) Dealing with Disappointment
2) Repelling Unkind Words/gossip
3) Overcoming Fear
4) Managing Stress
5) Beating Loneliness
6) Dealing with Bullies
7) Redefining Failure
8) Addressing Physical Appearance
9) Bringing Hope out of Grief
10) Differentiating righteous anger from sinful anger
11) Investing in strengths not weaknesses – when natural ability isn’t enough
12) Overcoming Insecurity
13) Prevailing over physical handicaps
14) Taking control of learning and emotional disabilities
15) Mending the broken hearts from broken homes

In His Love,


Carol said...

It sounds great! I sent you a story. What about a chapter called something like Role Reversal - where we parents learn something from them?

Amy Wyatt said...

I would love to be involved with this. My son had a stroke at birth and has epilepsy. He has had to overcome many physical challenges as they told us he would never walk or talk. He has proved the doctors wrong. He doesn't do everything exactly like everyone else his age though and sometimes it is a challenge. Dealing with differences is a big deal. I would love to talk with you more. Thanks.

Valarie said...

Found your site from Marybeth and I lost my father in 2002 with a 5, 3, and 7 mth old. God gave me a few chunks of wisdom I'd love to share with you. Not exactly sure how you'd like me to send them so I guess you could email me and let me know which way is best.

Honea Household said...

Sounds like a great idea! I have learned from my husband's aunt to always tell my daughter how beautiful she is in the morning when her hair is still crumpled and the bags are still there from waking up. She's only 4, but I know how important it is. My husbands' aunts' daughter is almost 16 and is very confident in her physical appearance and I believe it is from her mom and dad telling her how beautiful she is first thing in the morning, without makeup on. So I have started this with my daughter now. And she is beautiful...you can view a picture of her at my blog. Thanks for including us! I'm eager to read your book! :)

Jai said...
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Jai said...

I would also like to be involved with your book. My son was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of 6 and suffered from seizures for 3 1/2 years. He was and still IS in his own way, a VERY gifted child. Once the seizures started he went from Talented and gifted to Special Education classes. He lost his closest friends. I need to collect my thoughts about this season of our lives and send you an email. He IS doing very well now, most of the tumor was removed last summer (Praise God)and he has NOT had a seizure since 2006. (Hallelujah!)He has new friends in his life, but man o man the stings from others can hurt and linger for the child AND the parents.

Sisterlisa said...

You may be blown away by what I send you. Give me a few days Glynnis. ((hugs))

Michelle said...

I'm not sure if I have a story for you. I just wanted to let you know that I am excited about your book. As the mother of a 4 year old (my first child), I look forward to reading it.

Penni said...


My son had to deal with a bully all through elementary school. The story is very interesting but I don't know if you would want to use it or not. Just let me know if you want me to send it to you!


Cheri said...

Hi Glynnis,

The book sounds like a wonderful idea, covering many issues will allow more people to be helped, and all in one book...sounds AWESOME!! I sent something in and I hope you can use it.Hope to hear from you. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

For dealing wiht bullies, my chidren and I went through BIG struggles with this ayear or so ago...we had a bully in the neighborhood that was a year older than my then 2nd grade son and younger than my 6th grade daughter. He was a name caller, pusher, rock thrower, problm maker...you name it. We discussed this child often at the dinner table and incorporated him into our dinner prayers. I try to teach my children to pray for those that upset them rather than fall into the trap of bullying back. One day the neighborhood child began name calling my son, Keegan. Keegan got the urge to simply say to his face, "God Bless you Shawn." Shawn, startled, looked at my son for a moment, said' I go to Church sometimes." and then ran off. He didn't stop his bullying, but both my children felt it DECREASED dramatically.

Faith said...

I don't have any positive stories, but I am really looking forward to reading this book. I really need all the guidance in raising my two girls, since i didn't come from a family that taught these things to me...actually sometimes i see myself as acting the same age as my 3 year old...most of the time. But i wasn't taught all those things you listed as the chapter of the book, and i don't have great self-discipline or self-control myself..so i have a long role and don't want my girls to go through the same hurts and poor choices i have in the past and still now.

The Surrendered Scribe said...

I'm not sure if you would be interested in our story either. Our daughter overcame near death by doctor error (that story already published) but the story I'd love to tell regards her appearance during her recovery. Between steroids and congenital hypothyroidism she was very overweight. We encountered all kinds of remarks and as hard as they were, we made them teachable moments for all of us. Our story even helped our local Mothers of Preschoolers chapter when a guest speaker shared how to be sensitive about special needs situation and I shared our story as a testimony.

I have my own personal blog and I also blog for the Christian Writers Forum blog as the Sunday mommy blogger.

Either way I pray a blessing over your project.