I've not read that many parenting books even though my child is a little over two. The few I have read, I found so ridiculous and really didn't implement many, if any, of the ideas that I read about in the other books. I've been on a search for a good, godly parenting book - not just one to tell me about the statistics of where my child might end up but one that would give practical advice on how to raise my child (or any other children I might have) in a way that would be pleasing to God. I am so glad that I was able to review this book because I believe I have finally found a good, godly parenting book.
This book is broken up into 12 Chapters with each author writing 4 of the chapters. The chapters in this book include:
- Being an Intentional Parent
- Being a Patient Parent
- Being a Grown-Up Parent
- Being a Balanced Parent
- Being a Consistent Parent
- Being a Playful Parent
- Being a Connected Parent
- Being an Encouraging Parent
- Being a Spiritual Parent
- Being a Merciful Parent
- Being a Hopeful Parent
- Being a Free Parent
I cannot say enough good about this book. Some of the thoughts I'll be taking away from this book are:
- My child needs me to be the grown-up (taken from Chapter 3)
- My child needs me to be consistent - no matter what method of discipline...pick one and stick with it. Kids need structure. (taken from Chapter 5)
- My child needs to see that I need God. I was greatly encouraged by chapter 9 in that I don't have to be a "perfect" parent. My child needs to know that I don't have all of the answers, but that because I'm dependent on God that is who gives me my strength.
- And because I'm depending and trusting on God to help me through every step of my life (especially in wisdom to parent my child) that gives me a freedom to not sweat the small stuff.
I received this book for free through the Booksneeze.com program. I was under no obligation to give it a positive review.