Book Review: Creative Family Times

Allen and Connie Hadidian & Will and Lindy Wilson. Creative Family Times: Practical Activities for Building Character in Your Preschooler. Chicago: Moody, 1989. 59 pages.

I was first made aware of this helpful booklet when evangelist Ron DeGarde, who preached in our church last spring, mentioned that it had benefited his family. After having read it, I can see why.

Many of the parenting books I’ve enjoyed reading since our first child was born have been heavy on the biblical principles behind the way we parent, leaving the reader work out how these ought to be applied in his or her situation. I’m grateful for that, because without solid biblical backing, our practices can tend to be unbalanced and even hypocritical.

That’s not to say it isn’t extremely helpful to have a resource that gives concrete ways to apply those principles to the task of parenting, which is exactly what this booklet does.

If you’re like me (most dads will sympathize), you may have a difficult time figuring out how best to fill up your young child’s day. There are plenty of options. You can sit them in front of a television for hours at a time. Or you can purchase loads of expensive toys and hope that they will occupy your child for the better part of a day.

For those of you who are a little uneasy about those ideas, this book has just what you need (those suggestions should make you uneasy. Just to be clear.). Fourteen extremely short chapters are chocked full of simple suggestions for activities that will help grow your child’s character.

Here are some of the chapter headings:

  • Play Time
  • Talk Time
  • Mom (or Dad) and Me Time
  • Sit Time
  • Prayer Time
  • and others

If you’ve ever been exhausted by the energy of your toddler and wonder how you can channel it in ways that will benefit your child, you need to read this book. Unfortunately, I believe it’s out of print, but you can still purchase it on Amazon Marketplace. It would be worth checking out.

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