How to Parent On Purpose

“How To Parent on Purpose” 

A Book Review

by Stephanie Pletka


Parent on Purpose: A Courageous Approach to Raising Children in a Complicated World Reminds us to raise our children with the end in mind. 
Want to lead, love and launch your kids? Yes, Please. Amy Carney, author of Parent on Purpose, grabbed my attention when sharing the reason she wrote this book. In 2014, with a set of triplet boys and a daughter not far behind, life was running at epic speed, as they juggled teen schedules, sports activities, allowing popular culture to dictate their family narrative. Togetherness had dwindled to cheering kids from different sidelines, as they found themselves in a ‘divide and conquer’ mentality. In an effort to create life’s slow down button, they made a life-altering decision that changed the trajectory of their family dynamics. They bought a motorhome, pulled the kids out of school and for 7 months traveled across America. In this 95 page, easy read, she shares tips, tricks and the importance of creating a family mission statement.
The book discusses three main parts…
…how to strengthen family identity, build a family culture and prepare children for adulthood.
Amy connects with the audience as she pinpoints what many of us parents are experiencing. We all hope to create productive citizens, with hope being the keyword. What we forget is, creating connected families, and launching children to adulthood does not come by happenstance. As a business owner, this hit home. Creating a mission statement for my company, with specific, measurable goals is top priority and yet, I’m raising my children, in hopes that they will launch into adulthood, with strong family values, connections, and culture, without a solid plan of how they’ll arrive. She compares us as parents, to that of a screenwriter, who writes the story with the end in mind. The narrative keeps us on track, creating scenes that lead to optimal endings. Amy reminds us of the importance of play time, disconnecting, developing life skills, raising grounded kids and redefining success. She gives us permission to allow our children to fail. To not be the helicopter parent who rescues them at every turn. There’s strength in the struggle. If we rush to catch them, we’re missing teachable moments. We want to raise kids to be problem solvers, self-advocates, money managers, team players. Kids who know how to serve, to lead.
The book concludes, prompting us to leave a legacy. That life is neither a sprint or a destination, but rather a steady marathon and a journey. Live as though every moment counts. Print the pictures, write the story, leave the legacy and Parent on Purpose. If you’re looking for a book to give you step by step instructions on how to lead, love and launch kids, this book is a home run. Order your book here today!

~ Stephanie



Stephanie Pletka is a writer, blogger, and speaker, who finds humor in the ordinary, writing topics that inspire moms to Live Their Best Life, as she leads you step by step on how to exchange guilt for grace, comparison with contentment and perfection with progress. With 2 business, 4 kids and a need to create life’s Slow Down button, this Atlanta family hit the road for a life of adventure: running a tech company, writing and educating kids on the road, while traveling to 45 states and 10 countries. Recently moving to Scottsdale, AZ to explore the beauty of the West.

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