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Trophy Child: Saving Parents from Performance, Preparing Children for Something Greater Than Themselves by [Cunningham, Ted]
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Written for every mom who helps too much with homework just to impress the teacher and every dad who takes credit for his daughter’s soccer success, Trophy Child will give parents the encouragement they need to nurture their kids into who God created them to be.
 
Our culture’s obsession with achievement often leads parents to form expectations for their kids based on the world’s standards, not on the Bible. As a result, their kids feel they never measure up.
 
Trophy Child will help modern Christian parents create a home where children find success in following their heavenly Father’s leading for them—and readers know the joy of seeing their children embrace their full potential as children of God.

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Do you cringe when your kids fight in public because it makes "you "look bad? Do you find yourself helping too much with homework because you want the teacher to be impressed? Do you secretly take credit for your child s dance recital, soccer win, or spelling bee crown? You might be in danger of vanity parenting.Vanity parenting happens when our culture s obsession with performance leads us to form expectations for our kids based on the world s standards, not on the Bible. As a result, our children try to meet our emotional needs instead of growing into the calling God has for them."Trophy Child "will help you create a home where your children find success in following their heavenly Father s leading for them and you know the joy of seeing your children embrace their full potential as children of God.
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 722 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 078140763X
  • Publisher: David C. Cook (Sept. 1 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008VBPXNO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #368,310 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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His book is a key book to read if you have children - of any age. The insights and transparency from which Ted writes is both refreshing and insightful. I found myself in several of these pages and was grateful for the recommendations and insights provided in this book so I could be a better parent to my kids.

Excellent book!
Nicki Straza
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa35e59fc) out of 5 stars Biblical Counsel For Repair and Healing In Home Sept. 15 2012
By VicG - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Ted Cunningham in his new book, "Trophy Child" published by David C. Cook gives us Saving Parents from Performance, Preparing Children for Something Greater Than Themselves.

From the Back Cover: The Anti-Tiger Mom Book
Do you cringe when your kids fight in public because it makes you look bad? Do you find yourself helping too much with homework because you want the teacher to be impressed? Do you secretly take credit for your child's dance recital, soccer win, or spelling bee crown? You might be in danger of vanity parenting.
Vanity parenting happens when our culture's obsession with performance leads us to form expectations for our kids based on the world's standards, not on the Bible. As a result, our children try to meet our emotional needs instead of growing into the calling God has for them.
Trophy Child will help you create a home where your children find success in following their heavenly Father's leading for them--and you know the joy of seeing your children embrace their full potential as children of God.

It is not easy being a parent. There are no how-to manuals for parents. Not even a Parenting For Dummies book is there to help out. Due to personal issues some parents see their children as a way to make up for failures in their childhood and stop seeing the child as a person but as a trophy. That cause all kind of conflict in the home, puts undue pressure on the child causing them deep resentment to the parent. There is a way to not only overcome this problem but repair whatever damage has already been done. Pastor Cunningham explains the problem and gives advice for repair and healing, both for the parent and the child. Nine chapters, each with a Parent Gut Check at the end provide strong Biblical counsel. If you are a parent or will be a parent then this book is for you. I guarantee you this is not a book you can only read once then put it on the shelf and forget about it. You will come back to it again and again. Everyone should have a copy of this book. It will help immensely!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from David C. Cook for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed 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."
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa35e5a50) out of 5 stars Must Read Aug. 22 2012
By Stephanie Watson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a must read for every single parent! I had no idea the pressure that I was putting on my kids to be my trophy to the world. It has freed me from trying to be perfect and, more importantly, freed my kids from the pressure I unwittingly was putting on them. Ted outlines 10 different types of trophy parenting tactics and I'm sure at least one will strike a chord in every parent.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By BattleBornNV - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I like Facebook. I like Twitter. And I especially like using those social media formats to share what is happening in Lucas' life. How much he is growing, how handsome he is, what he did or is saying at only 3 months of age. I can't wait for him to grow up and be a football, baseball, basketball and track star, all while maintaining an A+ average and being an honor roll student.

This book was a gut check. In my mind, Lucas will be successful by the world's standards, not based on the calling God has for them. This book, written by Ted Cunningham, is not a how to guide on how to raise your child in God's light but helps you to create a home where your children find success in following their heavenly Father. It also helps you know the joy of seeing your children embrace their full potential as children of God.

Nine chapters of solid information about how you can use your children as trophies. I see a lot of that in my life and Lucas is only three months old. As Cunningham describes, he was and still is this way in some areas of life. He states that he didn't write this book to show you step by step on how to change, but rather to help parents acknowledge that they are doing it so that they can turn to God and change.

I liked everything about this book and would HIGHLY recommend it to everyone who has children, are expecting children or know people who have children. Do yourself a favor, click the link below, buy the book and read it immediately.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes by David C Cook Publishing. I was not required to post a positive review and the views expressed in this review are my own.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa282b264) out of 5 stars a book that challenges & encourages parents Feb. 27 2013
By She Hearts Books - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Trophy Child is a book that challenges parents to examine our hearts behind how we parent. It isn't a detailed list on how to be a better parent or how to have a better child. Instead the author invites us to look at our motivations. He shares about his own experiences parenting and includes a "gut check" for each of us at the end of each chapter.

The five primary motives of parents who display their children are:
We obsess over achievement and competition
We create environments where our kids can succeed rather than preparing them for environments they cannot control
We accelerate childhood milestones and delay adulthood milestones
We take too much credit and too much blame for the way our kids turn out
We connect with our children more frequently and for longer periods of time

There are several types of trophy parents.
The Vanity Parent
The Perfection Parent
The Competitive Parent
The Return of Investment Parent
The Gifted Parent
The Companion Parent
The Rescue Parent

As I read more about vanity parenting I realized that there are times I fall into this category. I have had those moments when I was more concerned that how my children behaved and the choices they made reflected on me as their mother.

My favorite chapter in the book is Kids Who Follow Jesus. The author reminds us of God's love language - Jesus. When we love Jesus and observe all that He taught, we show the Father love.

Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me.
The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.
Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching.
My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.
John 14:21, 23

In this chapter the author talks about connecting our children to God through them getting to know Jesus. Part of that connection means knowing and abiding in the Word. In order for them to know God, they must know what He says.

I was challenged by this book and encouraged by it as well.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa282b348) out of 5 stars Great read June 9 2013
By A Dane in Seattle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book is not about parenting styles but about the motivation of the parent - the heart and reason behind the actions. It lists some of the pitfalls that are easy to fall into. And knowing about them is the first step to avoid them.