Thursday, August 21, 2008

Alligator Mouth Hummingbird Tail

i realized yesterday that many of you might not know that my father-in-law Nicky Pressnell is not just a preacher, not just the best FunSing leader at Maywood, not just the best father-in-law i have, but is also a published author.

"Pepaw" (as the grandkids call him) has written a small paperback book that is being published by Donnie Hilliard at the Cloverdale Center for Family Strengths. it's called "Alligator Mouth Hummingbird Tail." it's written as a parenting guide. it offers anecdotal stories coupled with strong Biblical teaching.

let me encourage you to purchase a book. it's only $5.00!!! i know this would make a great book for young adults/young families classes at your local church! here's a small excerpt to whet your appetite:

Even though our kids are all different and need different methods at times, there is a common denominator. That common denominator is consistency. When you tell a child you are going to do something, do it. You must be consistent. If you tell a child to stop or he will be punished, then if he doesn’t stop, punish him. Don’t have an alligator mouth and a hummingbird tail. Mean what you say. One of the biggest problems with parents is that they take no action and want to know why their child doesn’t mind. About all some do is say, “Don’t do that” and never follow up. If you start out at birth being consistent, then by the time they are around two, they’ll know the rules and what to expect. Every child will tempt you. Don’t give up or give in.