Parents Guide to Understanding What Motivates Your Child



What’s in the Parent’s Guide?

Why is it important to understand your child’s motivational gifts? Here’s a good example: Sally tends to be rebellious and head strong.

This is a common trait of a child that has a motivational gift of facilitation (leadership support). They are not rebelling against their parents, they are simply created to lead and get things done.

To not ask permission is a natural tendency with someone gifted to take charge. When you know this you can develop their gift rather than put a damper on it.

In the Parent’s Guide to Understanding What Motivates Your Child, you will meet: 

Anna (the leader/facilitator),
Daniel (the prophet),
Maria (the giver),
Cayden (the merciful),
Jesse (the servant),
Hiro (the exhorter), and
Sarah (the teacher).

Parents and guardians will learn why their children respond to life the way they do. You will learn why they get along with some children really well and others not so well, why some barely speak 10 sentences in a day and others are boisterous or flamboyant.

You will see why they gravitate toward certain vocations. And, you will see that just because they came from the union of the egg and sperm they may not necessarily be a carbon copy of the two parents.

There are work-spaces throughout the book for you to make notes and plan activities for your child’s development!

Each chapter (three through nine) will contain seven sections to help you understand the following information:

  1.      The purpose and description of the gift 
  2.      Getting to know a Bible character with the gift 
  3.      Recognizing and Identifying Character traits of Your Child’s Gift
  4.      Challenges for the child with the gift of ____ 
  5.      Family Engagement to develop the gift
  6.      A famous person with the gift 
  7.      Meeting Anna’s Friend with the gift

Table of Contents:


Chapter 1 – Understanding the Will of God in Our Lives

1. Our role as parents and guardians
2. Are the motivational gifts to be used solely in religious service?
3. An example of someone that tapped into their motivational gifts 
4. No one person is more-or-less important than another
5. Seek counsel and wisdom

Chapter 2 – Discovering Your Child’s Motivational Gift(s)
Chapter 3 – Hiro, the Class Clown, has the Gift of Exhortation
Chapter 4 – Anna Leads her Friends with the Gift of Facilitation
Chapter 5 – Maria has the Gift of Giving and is Anna’s Best Friend
Chapter 6 – Cayden Loves Animals and has the Healing Gift of Mercy
Chapter 7 – Daniel has a Strong Prophetic Gift
Chapter 8 – Jesse Loves to Serve his Friends and Family
Chapter 9 – Sarah has the Gift of Teaching
Chapter 10 – About the Anna’s Friends Book Series and What Parents and 
Children are saying About Anna’s Friends
Chapter 11 – How Environment Affects Operation of the Gifts
Chapter 12 – A Quiz for Children to Discover Their Gift

Here’s are some great review from moms!

Tammy: “Kendyl and I have loved it (The Assignment – Book #1)! We are reading it together, laughing and learning. The book prompted Kendyl to ask me what was her gift. I said let’s keep reading and find out.

She has a servant’s heart. It also prompted Kendyl to think about her friends and classmates and their gifts. What’s great is that this age group can relate so well to the author’s purpose.

It comes shining through clearly. I didn’t tell Kendyl the theme of the book…she figured it out on her own which is important for this audience age.”

Elizabeth: “Anna’s Friends became the book that my three girls requested to read every night.

Early in the study, they would each be so excited to see if the next character was the one they could closely relate to. Then, when they had the exciting moment of figuring out their gift, I found myself being equally as excited.

They enjoyed the questions at the end of the chapters in The Assignment that helped them figure out if they were like Maria, Anna, Jesse, and so forth. My youngest two daughters, ages 4 and 6, would squeal with excitement, “That’s me! I do that!”

Interesting enough, not only did this book series help build confidence in each child regarding their gifts and how best to use them, but it helped build confidence in their “weaker” areas.

For example, my middle daughter, age 6, who has the gift of Mercy, realized that daydreaming is common for others who possess the gift of mercy.

She is less self-conscience about these things now because she sees it as part of God’s design. It has encouraged her not to shy away from those areas, but to embrace them and grow.” 

We are getting these repetitive reviews from almost all parents who read the Anna’s Friends books.

“We laughed and we cried.”

“Great way for children to discover why they do what they do.”

“We love the Anna’s Friends series. What a great way to help children and parents understand each other better.”

“Great teaching style for parents and kids.”

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