Author Susie Meals has spent over thirty-five years gathering a vast body of knowledge in the area of parenting and helping kids to become confident, well-rounded, empowered individuals. Her experience comes from thirty-nine years of marriage to her husband Donnie, raising five children of their own, being Nana to ten grandchildren, and helping students develop life strategies inside and outside the classroom for a span of twenty-one years in Grades 1-12. Early in her teaching career, she began to notice the correlation between the student/parent relationship and the level of learning, confidence, and sense of well-being her students felt and demonstrated. She began to examine her relationships with her own children and applied what she learned from the examination of other parent/student relationships. In the last ten years of teaching at the high school level, Mrs. Meals had the unique privilege of reconnecting with students previously taught in elementary school. Students shared their stories, their struggles, and their challenges and gave further insights as to the degree to which their parents affected them, both positively and negatively. These insights provided Susie the opportunity to reexamine her relationships with her own children and helped her avoid many of the pitfalls others had experienced.
Now, in her first book, she inspires parents to examine their beliefs about parenting and to be willing to make changes that promote positive life strategies that their children can build on and enhance in adulthood.
Have you ever wondered what your kids learn about living life by watching you? What life strategies are you modeling for your kids? What are you teaching your kids about confidence and self-esteem? Are they learning to communicate effectively, or is it more of a one-sided conversation, with you talking and them listening? Do you help your kids understand the value of discipline, or are you too busy to follow through with it?
Do you let your kids experience the consequences of their decisions, or do you let them off the hook? Are your kids able to work through disappointments, or do you try to fix things so they don’t have to? Are you aware of the things you do that create selfishness or gratitude in your children? What do your kids learn about healthy relationships from watching how you interact with others? Are your kids plugged into your value system, or do you think they will just figure it out on their own?
In Parenting Your Kids with Purpose, Susie Meals provides powerful insights that will challenge you to examine how you relate to your children and what they internalize because of it. You will more fully understand the role you play in helping your children develop beliefs, behaviors, and practices that are cultivated in childhood and then blossom in adulthood.
Nurturing positive life strategies in your children sets the stage for success in adulthood. The choices you make regarding how to parent your children affect their level of confidence and self-esteem, their ability to communicate effectively, their level of self-discipline, how they make decisions and deal with the outcomes, how they handle disappointments, whether they have a sense of gratefulness or entitlement, how they relate to others, and their value system.
Recognizing harmful, negative behaviors and beliefs in yourself and changing them is the first step in helping your children develop positive life strategies.
“Anyone who struggles with parenting can benefit from the down-to-earth knowledge in this book.”
– Meor Amer Reza, author of The Greatest Gift
“Parenting Your Kids with Purpose cuts straight to the chase on what you need to do to make the most of the opportunities you have with your children.”
– Bonnie & Dr. Jay Crandal, authors of Letting Purpose & Passion Drive Your Marriage
“Powerful, practical and solid advice! Apply Susie Meals’ knowledge and you’ll better understand the important role you play in your child’s future success.“
– Rondea Wine, author of Stop the Junk
“What a fantastic, straightforward and honest book. Congratulations Susie Meals!“
– Patsy Chia, author of Burden No More
“Parenting Your Kids with Purpose can be used as a how-to guide! This book is brimming with straightforward strategies anyone can use to overcome the key issues associated with helping your kids be confident and have positive self-esteem.”
– Jeffrey Alan Grinel, author of Don’t Rack Your Brain, RockUrBrain