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30 Minutes to Raise Kids Rights (The Power of Half Hour by Tommy Barnett Excerpt)

30 Minutes to Raise Kids Rights (The Power of Half Hour by Tommy Barnett Excerpt)

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Turn your fleeting minutes into defining moments.

What can you do in 30 minutes? Have lunch? Watch television? Check Facebook?

How about change your life?

Why do some people achieve far more than others? We all get the same 24 hours in a day, yet a special few seem to have superhuman abilities when it comes to accomplishing great things in life.

Tommy Barnett, a proven master at “getting things done,” says the key to maximizing your productivity is to make use of small, manageable moments in your day—just 30 minutes at a time. In this remarkably practical book, Tommy shows how to begin a whole new life of fruitfulness. You’ll see immediate results in all areas of your life, including your—

· Purpose and values
· Personal goals
· Faith
· Character and attitude
· Dreams
· Career
· Relationships
· Marriage and family
· Church involvement and ministry

Why not change time from being your worst enemy to your everlasting friend? It all starts with the amazing things you can do in only a half hour. Through inspiring stories and biblical principles, discover how your downtime can have a major upside.

Get going—you don’t have a minute to lose! -
Turn your fleeting minutes into defining moments.

What can you do in 30 minutes? Have lunch? Watch television? Check Facebook?

How about change your life?

Why do some people achieve far more than others? We all get the same 24 hours in a day, yet a special few seem to have superhuman abilities when it comes to accomplishing great things in life.

Tommy Barnett, a proven master at “getting things done,” says the key to maximizing your productivity is to make use of small, manageable moments in your day—just 30 minutes at a time. In this remarkably practical book, Tommy shows how to begin a whole new life of fruitfulness. You’ll see immediate results in all areas of your life, including your—

· Purpose and values
· Personal goals
· Faith
· Character and attitude
· Dreams
· Career
· Relationships
· Marriage and family
· Church involvement and ministry

Why not change time from being your worst enemy to your everlasting friend? It all starts with the amazing things you can do in only a half hour. Through inspiring stories and biblical principles, discover how your downtime can have a major upside.

Get going—you don’t have a minute to lose! -

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Published by: WaterBrook Multnomah on Dec 10, 2013
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RAISE KIDS RIGHT
Half-Hour Power Principle: Build character in children by showing them yours.
C
an you really have a tremendous impact on a child in just thirty minutes? Oh,
 for sure! 
If your kids give you thirty minutes, take it!
I know that some parents think the idea of planning half-hour activities with their kids is strange. But something else I discovered is that kids get bored quickly. They may enjoy thirty minutes of family banter, but then they get squirrelly and  want to do something different. You cannot take that personally; that’s just how kids are, especially in this era of electronic distractions and 24/7 entertainment.If your kids give you thirty minutes, take it! You can throw a lot of baseballs or footballs to your son in a half hour. You can work through a significant re-lational problem that has been plaguing your daughter all day—in a half hour.  You can give them guidance on their homework in a half hour. You can dream about their future together in thirty minutes. You can even buy your daughter a dress in a half hour—at least once! Those half hours I spent shopping with Kristie really paid dividends. She is one of the great leaders in our church.
Excerpted from The Power of a Half Hour by Tommy Barnett Copyright © 2013 by Tommy Barnett. Excerpted by permission of WaterBrook Press, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
 
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ELATIONSHIPS
The options are endless, but their attention span isn’t. Once you realize that they’re losing their focus or interest, it’s okay to move on. Maybe they need some space to reflect on what you just said, or they know they have to balance family time with their own to-do list. Be grateful for the chance to spend the half hour  with them, and be available for the next opening they offer.Essentially what you’re doing in those times together is deepening and strengthening your relationship. At the end of the day, that’s really all you have that matters in life. And because families are the cornerstone of the church, what better investment could you make than devoting yourself to the needs of your family?
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HARACTER
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EVELOPMENT
One of the biggest responsibilities that parents have is developing the character of their children.There are all kinds of strategies for doing so. I found that one of the most effective was taking a half hour to focus on a particular character trait and help my kids to own that attribute.The Bible alludes to at least four dozen different character traits. None is necessarily more important than any other. It is valuable for these characteristics to be in a parent’s mind so that when an incident occurs that opens a door for a teaching moment, you can be aware of that opportunity and ready to boldly pounce on it. Here are some of the most significant character traits to be developed:
• Compassion• Consistency • Discipline• Encouragement• Gentleness• Honesty • Humility • Joy 

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