I Need Some Help Here

I Need Some Help HereI Need Some Help Here! Hope for When Your Kids Don’t Go According to PlanI Need Some Help Here!: Hope for When Your Kids Don't Go according to Plan by Kathi Lipp by Kathi Lipp

Don’t pick up this book based on the cover and think it’s going to focus on parenting younger children. Pay attention to that subtitle and the description because it’ll give you a more accurate idea of what the book actually discusses. The book cover is eye-catching, certainly. It’s just misleading.

(In other words, don’t be like me, and think it’ll be “I Need Some Help Here!” because my kids are flinging themselves down the stairs in a laundry basket and I’m going to lose my mind since dealing with this age is not my area of giftedness.)

If however, you’ve passed beyond the stage of parenting young children and now you’re hitting the stage where many issues and consequences are more serious? This is an excellent choice. Lipp gives encouragement, but mostly she gives prayers and hope no matter what the situation you’re facing. There are quotes from other moms, telling their stories, so you know you’re not alone. There are lots of Bible verses, and the emphasis on Jesus is fantastic.

While the description below suggests that there is guidance on praying for your kids no matter the age, most of the prayers are more specifically applicable to older children – tweens and up through adults. It’s not that this is a bad book to read if you only have toddlers or elementary school children, just that it’s not going to be as valuable.

Recommended, even if my children are a bit young. And hopefully none of it most extreme situations never apply, but eventually some of it will. After all, I can’t imagine that there is ever a child who doesn’t end up struggling in some way. The levels of struggle and poor choices may vary, but it’s going to apply still.

Publisher’s Description:
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed as a parent–and worried and anxious. There are so many areas of a child’s life that can go wrong along the way. What’s a mom to do?

With wit and wisdom, Kathi Lipp meets moms where they are and offers the most powerful hope they have–prayer–for both their kids and themselves. Chapters include

When Your Child Is Running Away from God
When Your Child Makes Poor Choices
When Your Child Is Struggling
When Your Child Is Left Out
When Your Child Is Different

Moms who are overwhelmed or simply need a little support will cherish this expert guidance on praying for their kids–from toddler to teenager–with boldness and confidence.

Book Details

Title: I Need Some Help Here! Hope for When Your Kids Don’t Go According to PlanI Need Some Help Here!: Hope for When Your Kids Don't Go according to Plan by Kathi Lipp
Author: Kathi Lipp
Category: Nonfiction / Parenting
My Rating: 4 Stars

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  1. Kathi Lipp writes some of the most practical, useful, awesome books. I know she has teens, so I could see this oriented towards the older ones. I’ll still have to check and see if my library carries it!

    • She really does, and I knew she had teens, but still fell for the cover. Although I shouldn’t have, since the subtitle doesn’t fit the cover.

      I don’t regret reading it by any means though, even if it’s not a perfect fit for my current parenting stage – it’s still a good book, with lots to think about as I look ahead to those years.

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