As part of the Litfuse blog tour for Growing Kids with Character, I’m pleased to welcome Hettie Brittz to the blog today!
Hettie Brittz is a South African–born author, international speaker, and a foremost voice in parenting advice and personality styles. She is the author of “(un)Natural Mom,” the developer of the Evergreen Parenting Course, and the codeveloper of Tall Trees Profiles. She heads up Tall Trees Consulting (USA).
Her book, Growing Kids with Character, released March 1, 2018 from David C. Cook.
Through Hettie Brittz’s famous tree metaphors, parents will discover how to let their kids excel at being who they naturally are as they grow in their unique purpose in the world.
Author and speaker Hettie Brittz helps readers identify their kids’ natural bent and understand how that affects the parenting journey. Parents will learn how to:
—Cultivate each of their kids’ unique way of encountering, following, and worshiping God
—Disciple and discipline based on each child’s blueprint
—Help their children celebrate God’s individualized design for others
Brittz offers tools to parents for recognizing their kids’ God-given personalities, guiding them on their spiritual journeys, and establishing their identity and purpose in Christ.
Hi Hettie! Welcome to the blog!
Hettie: Apples! I can bake them with cinnamon, juice them, slice them into a salad or eat them as they are.
Carrie: Yum! Now I’m hungry 😀
Hettie: Winter – I love snow and cozy movie nights; I hate being sweaty and hot.
Carrie: YES! I wholeheartedly agree!
Hettie: Please forgive me, animal lovers, but I have to say neither. I have an issue with odors and animal hair.
Carrie: (stifles a gasp and covers my sweet doggy’s ears) Well at least you didn’t choose cats. 😉
Hettie: Coffee needs no defense; it’s a life-saving hero of a drink. Tea reminds me of illness and breastfeeding.
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Hettie: Nature gazing. I honestly don’t think anyone appreciates a good view from a window (even a car window) more than I do. Whether it’s a lake, trees, a mountain, a hill with cattle on it, or just a back yard, I’m always staring out and enjoying the sight.
Carrie: Oh i love that answer!
Q: Who is your favorite book character from childhood?
Hettie: Heidi in Johanna Spyri’s story, is my absolute favorite. She lives in the Swiss Alps with a grumpy grandfather, and yet, every day is the best day ever. I envy her carefree adventures with her friend, Peter, among the mountain goats and pine trees. The simplicity of milk, bread, ham and cheese with fresh air and a life in touch with the changing seasons, the tiny town and aversion for school – everything spoke to me, and still does!
Carrie: I loved that story!
Q: Do you have any strange writing habits/quirks? Any snacks/beverages that are a must when you sit down to write?
Hettie: When I’m approaching the last run-through of my manuscript, I always have to go away for a weekend, so that I can focus on it for hours on end without feeling guilty. I leave on the Friday morning and return on the Sunday. My husband and kids seem happy! I pick a very basic hotel or guesthouse no more than an hour away from home, one without a TV, and where pets are forbidden (barking dogs make me murderous when I’m reading or writing). I pack biltong (the South African version of jerky), large tomatoes, my favorite flavored salt to sprinkle on them, olives, cheese squares, Diet Coke, chicken and cheese smoked wieners and ketchup, carrots, snow peas, cream cheese, tomato flavored Frito corn chips, eggs to scramble, and lots of good dark roast coffee. I have to have a hard, wooden chair, and I only take bathroom breaks or five minutes to fix a snack and sleep six hours each night. If I finish early, I celebrate with a sentimental, soppy Netflix movie on my laptop.
Carrie: ‘tomato flavored Frito corn chips’ – i did not know those existed!
Q: Why was it important to you to write about nurturing children’s potential, purpose and passion?
Hettie: On the one hand the whole world praises originality, while on the other, we want our children to be like us. It pains me to remember how I did just this to my first daughter. She is my opposite and I fought that fact tooth and nail, almost destroying both of us in the process.
The exciting journey of discovering our children’s unique design and purpose is a lot more rewarding than trying to change them or make them fit the molds that we, society, school, or sometimes even the church, has created.
Q: What is something that surprised you the most while researching Growing Kids With Character?
Hettie: How normal it was in Biblical times for parents to talk to God about their child’s purpose, passion and potential, and how often God revealed intricate details about children’s future. I thought we may have lost precious parenting pointers by not seeking God a lot more intently about our children’s names and destinies.
Carrie: That is such good – and sobering – insight! How much have we missed because we didn’t ask?
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from Growing Kids With Character?
Hettie: That their child is normal after all, and that they are too! I want them to rediscover hope for their relationships, based on their discovery of the beauty in every personality type in their home. Then, I’d be so happy if I heard them speak hope for a bright future into their children’s lives each day, affirming that God created them a certain way to set them up for success in the area of their calling!
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Hettie: I wrote a book about entitled teens before this one, but we decided to swap the release dates around, and this now gave me an extra year to do more research about entitlement, and to see what I can add to the teen book before 2019. Besides writing, next things for us as a family is relocation from South Africa to the USA, believing God has a season for us to serve his church here – my husband and daughter as worship leaders and myself in family ministry. We’re working on our American accent! And I’m learning to cook. I’m more confident about the first two.
Carrie: Don’t lose that beautiful South African accent though!
Have you ever wished your kids came with an instruction manual? Hettie Brittz’s new book, Growing Kids with Character, provides a resource to understand a child’s natural bents not only to excel in life but also to firmly establish their identity and purpose in Christ better. Through Hettie Brittz’s famous tree metaphors, parents will discover how to let their kids excel at being who they naturally are as they grow in their unique purpose in the world.
Join Hettie and other parents to learn how to grow kids with character at her Facebook Live event, plus enter to win a family fun prize pack!
One grand prize winner will receive:
- One copy of Growing Kids with Character
- A $50 pizza restaurant gift card to take your family for a night out
- A grow-your-own herb and vegetable garden kit to make your own pizzas at home as a family
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 3. The winner will be announced at Hettie’s Facebook Live Party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Hettie and other parents, as well as for a chance to win other prizes!
RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway and Facebook Live party via social media and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 3rd!
(But chat with me a minute before you leave!)
Am I the only one who didn’t know about tomato-flavored Frito corn chips??? Let me know if you have tried these?