Fledge: Launching Your Kids Without Losing Your Mind
Your kids are spreading their wings. Are you ready? In Fledge, counselor, educator, and mother Brenda L. Yoder helps Christian parents navigate the many transitions of the launching years.
- How do you parent tweens at home and young adults away from home at the same time?
- What’s a good balance between boundaries and freedom?
- How can you pray for your fledgling youth?
- And what do you do with all that mom grief?
Your job as a parent isn’t over; it’s just changing. Equip yourself with biblical wisdom for this season of transition in your family life. Learn the patterns to avoid and the habits to pursue. Launching your children can be scary, and some days it might make you crazy. But you’ve been raising them to do just this. Fledge will help you release your children into the future that God has planned for them.
Here’s what Publisher’s Weekly had to say!
“At Focus on the Family, we often hear from families who are watching their kids graduate from high school and transition from high school into the adult world. It can be a challenging time for moms in particular. In Fledge, Brenda Yoder provides sensitive, biblical wisdom for moms who want to launch their kids well.”
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From Fledge: Launching Kids Without Losing Your Mind
“I walked into Mrs. Martin’s kindergarten classroom with my daughter. Jenna wore a rust-colored shirt and a plaid skirt with a felt name-tag pinned to her chest. She was excited for her first day of school. I was eight months pregnant, and my toddler was tagging alongside. Mrs. Martin looked up at me and smiled, knowing I was dropping off my first child for her first day of school.
I turned the corner after saying goodbye, headed toward the car, and burst into tears. I had so many emotions. Fear. Sadness. Biggest-moments-of-life-feelings.
The ache of your child growing up, reaching milestones, and moving on to the next stage. Ache of a love so deep that it hurts, because it’s outside of yourself and you can’t grab hold of it.
I’ve felt that feeling several times since my firstborn went to kindergarten. How do you manage the struggle for eighteen years or more of letting go while holding on at the same time? How do deal with the changing family, lifestyle, and hormones as each child leaves home?”
As a counselor and mom of four kids, ages teens to young adults, Brenda gives parents hope, humor, and faith-based strategies to meet the vast changes during the years of releasing your kids. This book is for all parents living life between the full house and the empty nest.
“In just a few short years, our children will be moving on to college. As parents, we really want to prepare them (and ourselves!) well. Fledge is exactly what our family needs: a Christ-centered perspective of the future, with the biblical tools to approach the changes well. I’ll be recommending this book to all my friends in the same stages of life.”
“How I wish this book was available before my child left the nest! Brenda Yoder has done a masterful job of describing decisions and strategies that will help you transition to a good place while you learn to let go of your children. The “Building Up and Letting Go” section in each chapter will give you questions to ponder and prayers for the journey. I highly recommend this book!”