• Let Them Be Kids

  • Adventure, Boredom, Innocence, and Other Gifts Children Need
  • By: Jessica Smartt
  • Narrated by: Amanda Sanfilippo
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (162 ratings)

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Let Them Be Kids

By: Jessica Smartt
Narrated by: Amanda Sanfilippo
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Publisher's Summary

As parents, we want to safeguard our children from the pressures and influences of the world but also prepare them for age-appropriate realities. How do we find that balance? Jessica Smartt shares ways to be more aware, engaged, proactive, creative, and protective, but also adventurous with our kids. 

Let Them Be Kids is Jessica’s offering of grace and confidence to moms, giving us practical ideas to meet the challenge. Her well-researched, tested methods, woven together with her personal stories and witty humor, deliver wisdom on tough topics, such as:

  • Balancing family time vs. outside activities,
  • The gift of being awkward and uncool,
  • Managing technology,
  • Protecting purity, 
  • Showing grace when kids disobey,
  • And more. 

Part story, part guidebook, every chapter includes doable strategies and encouragement for the journey, equipping moms with ways to provide a safe, healthy, Christ-centered upbringing for our children.

If you want to conquer fear and find the truth that transforms entire families, Let Them Be Kids shows us that it’s not only possible but essential to enjoy every special moment of building family values together. And it serves as a gentle reminder that, someday, we’ll be very glad that we did. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2020 Jessica Smartt (P)2020 Thomas Nelson

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great book and the reading of it

Such a great book and the reading of it. really holds your attention!! so many great information for new moms like myself (2 and 2 mo).

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Loved it!

I loved all of this book! Jessica did wonderful giving practical tips to go along with all of her suggestions and ideas!

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Best book ever

Great book on parenting and parenting perspectives. It has and will help me and my family!!

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Authentic, real world advice, fun to listen to!

Her authentic and simplistic style spoke to me. As a person of faith I could connect deeply with her references of what part faith plays in parenting. It’s an enjoyable listen. Authentic, real world advice, for parents of young kids!

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Insightful, helpful and informative 👍

This book was excellent. I am a mother of three small children and I felt like this was eye-opening and a great reminder! Definitely recommend 👌

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easy changes huge results

was very happy to experience this book I will be completing it again this probably several hidden gems inside here that I might have over look the first time if you apply this and are open-minded you'll notice a difference in your children and in yourself

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Best parenting book!!

Amazing advice and stories. Best parenting book I have ever read. Going start her other one next!

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I read this book as part of a group with other mamas.
It was so refreshing and real. It helped us in areas where we were struggling as parents and gave us great tips. I highly recommend even if you think things are ok with your kids.

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An excellent read on being a good human

I feel like I could have written this book—meaning, it resonated with me so much; even all the details! Great observations, stated well and simply regarding the preservation of the good old fashioned human, childhood, and family.

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must listen for all parents!

This was so great! I got so many great take aways and tips I plan to implement asap! Thank you so much for this fabulous book

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  • Rae Duncan
  • 05-16-22

Fantastic book!

I loved this book - easy to listen too. I found it inspirational and encouraging. I have twins under 10 years old so many of the chapters were very relevant to our lives. This book inspired me to come back to connection with my children and validated many of my own thoughts along the way. defiantly a must read for anyone parenting children under 10 years old. There is an obvious Christian theme running throughout while some may or may not appreciate. Personally I found this very helpful. enjoy!