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There are 168 hours in a week. On average this is how our children spend these hours:

6.5 hr school x 5 days = 32.5 hours
4-9 hr media consumption x 7 days = 45.5 hours (avg)
2-3 hours extracurricular fun x 7 days = 20 hours
8-10 hours sleep x 7 nights = 63 hours

Total: 161 hours

In total, a child is occupied for 161 hours a week.

This leaves you 7 hours of unoccupied, intentional parenting spread over 7 days. Not including homework…..

By the time you’ve even thought of how to spend time with your kids the clock has run out. We are left minimal time for quality family interactions. When do you fit in bonding, teaching and modeling?

While decreasing media consumption is a fantastic option to allow more time, there is a supplementary solution. One which you can start right now, regardless how your daily schedule looks: read-aloud to your children.

Parents stop reading stories to their children around 4th grade and immediately children’s desire to read themselves plummets. In Kindergarten their interest in reading outside of school is 100% but by 4th grade this drops to 54%

Brave Parenting looks different. Prioritizing a read-aloud story for children of all ages, yes even high schoolers, looks different. The benefits for continued reading are huge: higher grades and test scores, better attention and focus, and higher character.

Characters from books help teach valuable characteristics you desire to impress upon your children but can’t always find the time or mental space for. They will take readers/listeners to those exact situations.  Rich discussions await as you learn together.

The quiet space where you read with your child you will achieve 3 parent/child relationship needs:

  • You spend quality time with your child
  • Your interactions are purposeful and memorable
  • You’re teaching valuable person-defining characteristics that could change their life.

Read to them. Spend time with them. Teach them. Build their character, activate their minds, and bond with them.

Brave Parenting has created a CHARACTER DRIVEN READ-ALOUD book list.
If you desire to build these character traits in your child, this is where you can begin!
You can Download the PDF or we’ve given you links straight to Amazon here:




Curious George by H. A. Rey

Waiting is Not Easy! by Mo Willems

Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Krause


The Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Greek Myths: A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys by Nathaniel Hawthorne *The Chimaera story

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIHM by Robert C. O’Brien

High School

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens



Miss Nelson is Missing! By Harold Allard

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

The Empty Pot by Demi


The Green Ember by S.D. Smith

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

Night by Elie Weisel

High School

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

1984 by George Orwell




A Sick Day for Amos Mcgee by Phillip C. Stead

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney


The Twits by Roald Dahl

The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl  by Anne Frank

High School

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

The Giver by Lois Lowry

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens



Strega Nonna by Tomie dePaola

he Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian  Anderson

Aesop’s Fables: The Boy Who Cried Wolf


Harriet the Spy  by Louise Fitzhugh

Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White

High School

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Adventures of Huck Finn by Mark Twain



If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff

The Berenstain Bears get the Gimmes by Stan and Jan Berenstain


Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary

The Lord of the Rings by J.R. Tolkien

Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

High School  

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald



Aesop’s Fables: The Tortoise and the Hare

Aesop’s Fables: The Vain Jackdaw


Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes

The Wind and the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Greek Myths: A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys by Nathaniel Hawthorne * The Golden Touch

High School

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Emma by Jane Austen

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton



The Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg

The Sneetches by Dr. Suess

You are Special by Max Lucado


From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

High School

The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte


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Chelsea Hezel

Chelsea is married to her high-school sweetheart, Zach, and they have three kids which they homeschool. She is a graduate of The Master's University in biblical counseling. Currently, she volunteers in her local church as a women's counselor and Bible study teacher. She is passionate about teaching God's Word to her sisters in Christ. Of course, their location is always subject to change due to their military life-style. She loves to travel and explore new adventures. When she isn't busy, you can find working in her yard and jamming out to classic rock.

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