about the author
Jessica Smartt is a former English teacher turned homeschooling mama of three. A week after her first baby was born, she began her motherhood blog “Smartter” Each Day.
Jessica and her husband live in beautiful North Carolina, where she loves hiking with kids (mostly), steaming coffee in the afternoon, family bike rides, and anything that’s ever been done to a potato.
Share a few quick favorites.
J: outdoor activity – Biking for sure!
food – Crab cakes!
movie or television series – Madame Secretary
newspaper or magazine – Magnolia Journey
B: I’m completely fascinated by the Gaines family and their story!
Do you have a favorite bookish habit?
J: I wanted to be a librarian when I was a kid so I card-cataloged all the books in our entire house when I was in fifth grade.
B: I am applauding your fifth-grade self. That’s awesome!
Share your inspiration behind Let Them Be Kids.
J: In the midst of trying to decide what this book (my second in a contact) was going to be, I was listening to a podcast when I heard the statistic that the average age kids see pornography is 11. I immediately thought we need to save childhood. That was the moment I knew I was writing this book.
B: That statistic makes my mama-heart break!
What book(s) are you reading right now?
B: THIS is an impressive stack!
What is your reading style?
J: I read about 8 books at a time depending on my mood 😉
B: Fabulous! Tandem reading is my favorite!
Do you have any writing quirks?
J: I think about the chapter I’m writing all week long and then go to write at Panera and spit it out in two hours.
B: Sounds impressively efficient! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit with us, Jessica!
about the book
Let Them Be Kids by Jessica Smartt
Title: Let Them Be Kids
Author: Jessica Smartt
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: June 9, 2020
Genre: Christian Living/Parenting
As every parent hopes to raise kids with good manners and values, Jessica Smartt’s practical guide fills the gaps of uncertainty and provides tips on how parents can equip their children in purity, faith, and creativity.
Former English teacher and homeschooling mother of three, Jessica Smartt felt the weight of helping prepare her kids for life, especially with all the outside pressures and influence of the world. She struggled with how she could raise her children with a sense of adventure, self-confidence, manners, faith, and the ability to utilize technology wisely.
Let Them Be Kids is Jessica’s offering of grace and confidence to moms, giving them practical ideas to meet these challenges. Her well-researched, tested methods, woven together with her personal stories and witty humor, deliver wisdom on the tough topics of life, such as
- family time vs. outside activities,
- being “cool” or not,
- technology usage
- sexual purity, and
- showing grace when kids disobey.
Part story and part guidebook, every chapter includes doable strategies and encouragement for the journey.
Let Them Be Kids helps moms feel confident and equipped with ways to provide a safe, healthy, Christ-centered childhood for their children. It leads them to conquer fear and find truth that transforms them and their families as it reminds them how to enjoy and cherish the special memory-making moments of building family values together.
Follow along at the link above to learn more about Let Them Be Kids by Jessica Smartt!